Meridian State Park

Meridian State Park

  • view of CCC historic structures from the lake
  • fall foliage at the Merdian SP
  • campsite by the lake
  • a view of the lake thru a walkway
  • historic CCC refectory structure

Hill Country Outpost

Nestled among limestone bluffs at the top of the Hill Country, you’ll find a tranquil place to unwind with your family. We’re 50 miles northwest of Waco.

Things to Do

For a small park, Meridian has lots to offer. On 72-acre Lake Meridian, you can cool off with a swim, drop a line, or go for a paddle. On land, you can picnic, explore our trails, watch for wildlife, camp overnight, and admire historic structures that the Civilian Conservation Corps built over 80 years ago. Reserve our group hall for your next reunion.

Read through our Water Safety Tips before your visit.


Explore five miles of trails on foot. The 2.2-mile Bosque Hiking Trail circles Lake Meridian, taking you past lime­stone out­croppings and scenic over­looks. If you are quiet, you might catch a glimpse of wildlife, too. A portion of the Shinnery Ridge Trail is accessible for wheelchairs.


Try your luck fishing in the no-wake lake. We provide shore­line access and an ADA-acces­sible fishing pier. We loan fishing gear for use in the park. You do not need a license to fish from shore, pier or boat at Meridian State Park.

Look up detailed fishing and lake information for Lake Meridian.


A vending machine at the lakeside offers single Kayak rentals.


Choose from primitive up to full hook­up campsites. Gather your group at one of our group camps.

We also have screened shelters and three cabins.


Watch and listen for endangered golden-cheeked warblers, who nest here from March to July.

Download the Bird Checklist PDF

Civilian Conservation Corps

Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1827(V), made up of World War I veterans, con­structed this park in 1933 and 1934. They built the dam for the lake, as well as the cut-stone re­fec­tory and open-air pavilion.

Learn more about their work at The Look of Nature: Meridian.

Get involved

We need your help! Ask at head­quarters or visit our Volunteer page.

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

Check our Events page for upcoming programs. Contact the park for special programs for your group.

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Become a Junior Ranger!


This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.

Area Attractions

Nearby cities offer museums, restaurants, shopping and more.

173 Park Road #7
Meridian, TX 76665

Latitude: 31.890791

Longitude: -97.697566

(254) 435-2536

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

Open daily,
6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Office Hours:

Open daily,

8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.


We often reach capacity, and recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

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