Meridian State Park

Trails Information

Explore a hidden oasis developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Painting of golden-cheeked warbler
Golden-cheeked warbler

Discover the rich history and natural beauty of this quiet oasis, where Prairie and Hill Country meet. Explore the park from over 5 miles of hiking trails. Choose from a scenic loop around the lake, or shorter, rugged trails through wildlife habitat.


All trails are hiking only.

This list may not include all the trails in the park. 

Trail Distance (one-way) Difficulty Description
Bosque Hiking Trail 2.2 mi. Challenging Hike the perimeter of Lake Meridian on this arduous trail. See the Civilian Conservation Corps dam up close and take a break at scenic Bee Ledge lookout point.
Shinnery Ridge Trail 1.5 mi. Moderate Enjoy this family-friendly loop trail. In the summer, look for golden-cheeked warblers. Part of the trail is paved and accessible.
Little Forest Junior Trail 0.8 mi. Easy Explore this short, rocky trail at your own pace. In springtime, pause where this trail crosses the park road and enjoy blooming wildflowers like bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and firewheels.
Little Springs Trail 0.7 mi. Moderate Watch for wildlife as you hike this short but rugged trail.
List of trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
Civilian Conservation Corps Refectory 31.8887° -97.6995° The Refectory was handcrafted of local limestone between 1933 and 1935. Take your time; admire the detailed stonework of this rustic building.
CCC Stone Grill 31.8862° -97.7032° Imagine enjoying a cozy cookout here! Please barbecue in a modern fire ring; save this one for future visitors to admire.
Bee Ledge 31.8924° -97.7026° Watch your step as you take in the view of Lake Meridian from this natural overlook.
Fern Ledge 31.8924° -97.7018° Look, but don't leap! Ferns grow naturally on this limestone ledge; please leave them undisturbed.
Wildflower Field 31.8922° -97.7011° Wildflowers like bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and firewheels bloom here in the spring, blanketing the ground with a rainbow of colors.
CCC Bridge 31.8912° -97.6993° This rustic stone bridge still has its original 1934 timbers.
List of points of interest

Staying Safe

  • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes.
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity.
  • Tell others where you’ll be. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Wear a helmet when biking. Check with park HQ to match the ride to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
  • Wear a life jacket. The law requires that all children under age 13 wear one with adult supervision while boating.
  • Potentially harmful plants and animals live here. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on trails.

Trail Etiquette

  • Trash your trash. Keep the park natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace.
  • Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to harm people.
  • Take only memories and pictures. Please don’t disturb or remove any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts.
  • Keep pets on leashes for their safety, and to protect wildlife.
  • Campfires are permitted only in designated rings and not in the primitive camping area due to potential for ground scarring and wildfires.