Fort Parker State Park RV & Campground Guide

Texas

Feel the stress and bustle of everyday life melt away when you arrive at Fort Parker State Park. The peace is palpable—soft waves lap at sandy shores, and gently rolling paths wind through breezy forests. Set on the banks of the Fort Parker Lake reservoir, this family-friendly park lies 44 miles east of Waco and just over 7 miles south of Mexia. Dallas is about 90 miles to the north, making the park an easy weekend escape. With opportunities for fishing, swimming, paddling, hiking, and biking, you’ll find plenty to fill your days; at night, the spectacular sunsets over the water are alone worth the trip. Late spring through mid-fall brings warm, sunny days while the cool winters are ideal for comfortable hikes.

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Weather
Spring 50-75 F
Summer 70-96 F
Fall 50-80 F
Winter 35-60 F
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Nearby Cities
Mexia, TX
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Fort Parker State Park

No matter what time of year you’re traveling, an RV adds an element of luxury to your trip to state parks like Fort Parker. Pull out the awning for instant shade on a steamy summer day, or enjoy the warm escape from the cold December winds. An RV rental gives you the freedom to choose the perfect motorhome in the right location; you can even search for models that come with delivery for an effortless start to your trip.

Fort Parker State Park Campground

Surround yourself with the beauty and serenity of the park by staying in the Fort Parker State Park Campground. Campsites are tucked under the trees, offering plenty of shade and lovely views of the water. For RVs, there are 24 sites with water and 30-amp electricity hookups; four offer pull-through access for big rings. Eight additional sites offer access to water but not to water hookups. When you stay here, you can enjoy a campfire in the fire ring and meals at the picnic tables. Bathrooms and hot showers sit within a quick walk. Partial-hookup sites are $20 per night plus the park entrance fee, and water-only sites are $12 per night.

Running Branch Camp and Marina

Located about 30 minutes south of Fort Parker State Park, Running Branch Camp and Marina has beautiful lake views in a breezy atmosphere. Most of the park’s RV sites offer electric and water hookups; there are a few sites with full hookups. Enjoy the Wi-Fi connection while you walk by the water, and pick up snacks in the on-site store. With a boat ramp, laundromat, and fishing supplies for sale, you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing stay. Nightly rates start at $30.

Riverview RV Campground

Are you looking to camp with full hookups? Riverview RV Campground has you covered. This spot, which is located about an hour west of the park in Waco, offers 127 spots, each with water, sewer, electric, and internet access. Book a pull-through site if you’re driving a big rig, and enjoy the convenience of the laundry room and rec room. From your spot under the trees, you'll be close to the saltwater swimming pool, play area, and dog run. Rates start at $40 per night, with discounts for weekly and monthly stays.

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What to Do at
Fort Parker State Park

Inside Fort Parker State Park

With its near-flat landscape and wide expanse of water, Fort Parker State Park offers an outdoor activity for everyone in the family. The 7-mile trail network is open for both hiking and biking; check out the views on the Springfield Trail, or discover the local flora on the short Bur Oak Trail. When the weather’s warm, go for a swim or rent a kayak for an afternoon on the Limestone Bluffs Paddling Trail, which runs down the Navasota River and along the banks of the lake. If you have your own boat, the park’s boat launch makes it easy to get on the water. License-free fishing is permitted. In the summer, check the park’s calendar and join in one of the fascinating ranger-led programs.

Outside Fort Parker State Park

The area around Fort Parker State Park features a good blend of infrastructure and wilderness. Whether you want to find a nice restaurant, a historic educational experience, or an outdoor adventure, you won’t need to go far. For quick supply runs, the most convenient options are in Mexia and Groesbeck.

Restaurants

Kamdan's Cafe

Serving classics like sandwiches and fried fish, Kamdan’s has something to satisfy even the biggest of appetites. With its varied menu, this spot is particularly good for families.

Location: 101 N Ellis St, Groesbeck, TX 76642

Molina's Tortilleria & Restaurant

Fill up on Mexican dishes wrapped in fresh, house-made tortillas at Molina’s. Be sure to try the glass-bottle sodas for the perfect finishing touch.

Type: Mexican

Location: 309 E Travis St, Mexia, TX 76667

Farm House Mexia

With a menu that’s packed with hearty Southern dishes such as fried catfish, this restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike. Relaxed and charmingly unpretentious, this is a family-friendly spot.

Type: Southern

Location: 1401 E Milam St, Mexia, TX 76667

Wrights Original BBQ

You can’t come to Central Texas without trying the barbecue, and Wrights Original BBQ is the perfect place to do it. Try the ribs or pick up a sandwich for a lighter option, and make sure to leave room for the homemade pie.

Type: BBQ

Location: 123 N Dr M.L.K. Jr. Hwy, Mexia, TX 76667

Frankies Italian Restaurant

Whether you’re in the mood for a creamy pasta dish or a traditional pizza, Frankies is the place to be. The menu also features a selection of seafood appetizers, salads, and meat-based entrees.

Type: Italian

Location: 602 N Dr M.L.K. Jr. Hwy, Mexia, TX 76667

Shopping

K and G Creative Stitches

Crafty types won’t want to miss this small, friendly quilt shop, which carries everything from fabric to notions.

Location: 312C South, TX-14, Mexia, TX 76667

Cards by Deanna

Delight your family with the beautiful greeting cards you’ll find in this tiny shop.

Location: 182 Private Road 5493, Mexia, TX 76667

Chic a Doodles

Packed with vintage pieces and modern goods, this resale shop is a bargain hunter’s paradise.

Location: 1335 E Milam St, Mexia, TX 76667

Snowflake Donut

Stock up on sweets at this family-run bakery, which specializes in donuts and kolaches.

Location: 502 S Ellis St, Groesbeck, TX 76642

S & S AG Center

Shop for farm, ranch, garden, and agricultural supplies at this versatile store.

Location: 1203 E Yeagua St, Groesbeck, TX 76642

Sightseeing

Old Fort Parker

The site of a historic settlement and an infamous massacre, this reconstructed fort was originally built in the 1800s. Walk along the cedar stockade, learn about the Parker children’s kidnapping into the local Comanche tribe, and explore the grounds.

Location: Groesbeck, TX

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site

After local soldiers returned from fighting in the Civil War, they reconnected with their loved ones at this riverside site. Check out the cannon and explore the structures from the 1920s.

Location: Mexia, TX

Fish Lake Mexia

Bring your tackle box and head to this large lake to cast for largemouth bass, white bass, and crappie. If you have a boat, you can launch for free from the public ramp; if not, you’ll still have an excellent chance of catching a fish around the docks.

Location: Off U.S. 74, 7 miles west of Mexia

Lake Limestone

Enjoy fishing and water sports on Lake Limestone, a huge reservoir that sits about 30 miles from Fort Parker State Park. It’s known as the best fishing lake in Central Texas. You’ll also find several marinas for boat rentals.

Location: On Texas FM 3371, 15 miles southeast of Groesbeck, TX

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Check out the dig site, where archaeologists uncovered the fossils of Columbian mammoths, at this national monument. These massive creatures, which stood up to 14 feet tall, roamed the area during the Ice Age. 

Location: Waco, TX

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How to Get to
Fort Parker State Park

Fort Parker State Park is located just off Highway 14. Coming from the north, take I-45 to Highway 14. From the west, take Highway 171 or Highway 84.

Entering Fort Parker State Park

Fort Parker State Park is open every day of the year from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Adults : $4

Children 12 and under are free

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