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Meridian State Park

Things to Do

The park's 72-acre lake offers fishing in addition to swimming and no-wake boating. Bird-watching is excellent and there is a good chance of seeing the rare golden-cheeked warbler. Other popular activities include camping, picnicking and bicycling on park roads.

The Bosque Hiking Trail encircles Lake Meridian and features limestone outcroppings with fossils, a scenic overlook and aquatic vegetation.

In addition to campsites for tents and RVs, the park also has screened shelters, group facilities and cabins.

We loan fishing gear for use in the park.

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities; check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

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Get more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped develop this park and numerous others over 70 years ago, by visiting our CCC page that includes the interactive online exhibits and education resource, “The Look of Nature:  Designing Texas State Parks During the Great Depression” and “A New Deal for Texas Parks."

Teachers: This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.

Download Birds of Meridian State Park: A Field Checklist (PDF).

Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy

Experience the adventure of working in a state park in this unique program. We cover wildland firefighting, interpretive programs, park operations, law enforcement and more. The program is free; students must be at least 13 years old. Visit the academy's web page to learn more.

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include Dinosaur Valley State ParkLake Whitney State Park; Cleburne State Park; Fossil Rim; Six Flags Over Texas; Texas and Arlington stadiums; the State Fair; Texas Ranger Museum; and the renovated historic Bosque County Courthouse in downtown Meridian.

173 Park Road #7 (Incorrect on Mapquest)
Meridian, TX 76665

Latitude: 31.890791

Longitude: -97.697566

(254) 435-2536

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily.

Office hours:

8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
(8:15 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. on Fridays, March through November)  

Gate hours:

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall


January average low is 40 degrees. July average high is 98 degrees, with a prevailing southeast breeze. Wettest season is spring. First freeze occurs in December. Last freeze occurs in April.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

1,040 feet

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