Fort Parker State Park RV & Campground Guide


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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Spring 50-75 F
Summer 70-96 F
Fall 50-80 F
Winter 35-60 F
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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.

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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.

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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.

Fort Parker State Park Adults : $4.0

Children 12 and under are free

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Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Parker State Park

What kind of wildlife can be found in Fort Parker State Park?

Fort Parker State Park is inhabited by many incredible wildlife species, including herons, bald eagles, owls, ducks, bluebirds, waterfowl, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, and bobcats. There is even a great blue heron rookery on the nearby lake.

Are pets allowed at Fort Parker State Park?

You're welcome to bring your pets to Fort Parker State Park, but they must always remain leashed, and you must consistently clean up after them. Pets are also not permitted in any buildings.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Fort Parker State Park?

The Fort Parker State Park Campground features 32 designated RV camping spots. Of the sites, 24 feature water and 30-amp electricity, and eight offer access to water with no hookups.

What is the climate of Fort Parker State Park?

Fort Parker State Park has a hot and dry climate. The summers get very hot, sometimes reaching as high as 96 degrees. The winters typically range from 34 to 60 degrees.

What is the best time of year to visit Fort Parker State Park?

The most pleasant times to visit the park are during spring and autumn. That way, you'll be able to avoid the harsh summer heat and experience comfortable conditions for outdoor recreation.