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Meridian State Park

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 dining hall for your next reunion.

Read through our Water Safety Tips before your visit.

Hiking

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.

Fishing

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.

Paddling

Rent a watercraft year-round at head­quarters. We provide life jackets and paddles with all rentals. Choose from:

  • three single kayaks
  • three double kayaks
  • four standup paddleboards
  • four canoes
  • one Jon boat (no motor).

Camping

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

We also have screened shelters and three cabins.

Birding

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

Download Birds of Meridian SP: A Field 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.

Volunteer

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

Ranger Programs

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

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Kids

Become a Junior Ranger!

Teachers

This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.

Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy

Experience the adventure of working in a state park through 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 cities offer museums, restaurants, shopping and more.

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

New ways to plan park visits coming in 2019
Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

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

Climate

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
Elevation

1,040 feet

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