Roughly 95 miles from Dallas, this is a good park to get acquainted with. This park has a little bit of everything! It is small enough to where we won't be overwhelmed with too many campers, large enough, with ample hiking trails, and great availability for kayaking on this no-wake lake.
Hidden away in the wooded hills northwest of Waco lies Meridian State Park, a haven for nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts. The park's 72-acre lake offers fishing/kayaking (with no-wake boating). A hiking trail encircling Lake Meridian features limestone outcroppings with fossils, a scenic overlook and aquatic vegetation. Birdwatching is excellent here as well.
History: Meridian State Park, near Meridian in Bosque County, is a 505.4-acre park. A rock and earthen dam was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on Bee Creek to form the park's 72-acre lake. The land was acquired from private owners in 1933 - 1935 and was opened to the public in 1935.
Tonkawa Indians lived in the surrounding area before the coming of white man; Tawakoni Indians also occupied the area prior to 1841. The Texas-Santa Fe expedition of 1841 passed through Bosque County near the present site of park in Bosque Valley.
This is a play as you go camp out .. do what you like or join in with everyone. Bring your poles, your boots, bikes and kayaks! While sharing is always encouraged, you only need to bring what you need for yourself. If you would like to bring some 'community' food to share with everyone, feel free to do so!
PLEASE ... please ... ONLY SIGN UP FOR THIS TRIP IF YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU ARE GOING TO CAMP/NEED A CAMP SITE. NO NEED TO SIGN UP IF YOU ARE ONLY COMING OUT FOR THE DAY. THE RSVP LIST IS TO GET A COUNT ON HOW MANY CAMPSITES I NEED TO OBTAIN.
Official park site: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/meridian/
Video of the park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMkL0qEGnek&list=PL97C99D8AB6E729E5&index=1&feature=plpp_video
I have reserved FOUR sites at the Crosstimbers Campground. Possibly 12, 13, 14, 15 ... as these are the best sites, per Kelly (park management). We will split the fees for the sites after everyone arrives, roughly $17 each. We are only allowed two tents per site, thus the price went from roughly $12 to $17 a person. If there are less folks .. I will drop a site. More folks that want to come along, apologies, but, you will have to obtain your own site at the park after the RSVP's close, but we would love to have you come along.
These are water & electric sites.
You are responsible for your own entry fee. Please familiarize yourself with the information and fees for park: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/meridian/fee.phtml
Please bring a bit of firewood, as this park does not currently have a burn ban.
Contact me if you have any questions. I'll be more than happy to try and help you with something or answer any of your questions.
Once again, please ... RSVP for this trip only if you're certain you will be able to attend. If you need to change your RSVP, you can do so but no later than four days prior to the camp out. I obtain campsites according to how many people sign up/RSVP "yes". If you don't show, the attendees wind up having to split the cost of empty campsites.
NOTE: Mapquest directions are completely wrong in regards to this address. I would go to Google maps instead. and input: 173 Park Road #7, Meridian TX 76665.
Directions: Take State Highway 174 from Cleburne, State Highway 144 from Glen Rose or State Highway 6 from Waco. Join State Highway 22 and proceed to the park. Take State Highway 22 from Hillsboro or Hamilton. The park is located about 3 miles southwest of Meridian off State Highway 2
The Park HQ is located at:
Latitude (degrees, minutes, seconds) 31° 53' 26.73"
Longitude (degrees, minutes, second) -97° 41' 50.92"