Most people like to go to the larger Texas State parks like Big Bend to relax and spend the day out in the sun. But this more secluded Texas State Park has an amazing sparkling lake and great trails to spend sometime in the summer sun. Meridian State Park in Central Texas has a 72-acre lake that guests are more than welcome to swim in and you can even rent a kayak to complete your day of fun. 

The park is only a short drive from Waco, and it has plenty of spaces to enjoy a picnic, whether it be lakeside or on one of their many trails. They have five total trails and some are just 2.2 miles long. Their Bosque Hiking Trail takes you around the lake to plenty of beautiful limestone spots that are perfect for your next Insta post. There are tons of scenic overlooks hidden all throughout the park which will take your hike to the next level.

You can rent single or double kayaks as well as stand up paddles. You can also fish at the lake and rent a motorboat for your trip, but no matter what you choose to rent, you will be given a life jacket to ensure your safety. Visitors of the park do not need a license to fish from shore.

Visitors of the park can camp out starting at just $15 and working its way up to $56 depending on the amenities you want. The daily entrance fee is just $5. The park is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and from March through November the Park is open from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Meridian State Park is located at 173 Park Road #7
Meridian, TX 76665. For more information on the park, you can visit their website here. 

Meridian State Park

Price: $5

Address: 173 Park Road #7 Meridian, TX 76665

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