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Wish they would change the name to Meridian State Park instead of just Meridian on here. Very nice, small, peaceful park. There are 8 pull thru sites with full hookups, including 50 amp. We were in on site 6. Fairly level, but not much room to put a rug out. They had 5 big rocks out to keep people from parking to close to the site. Very close to the bathroom and shower room. Very clean. Right next to Park Office. Lake was only 5 minute walk or minute drive. Excellent swimming area with picnic tables and grills. Did not get a chance to fish there but heard it is very good. Very quiet park.
Please note that they are currently (6/21/2020) under a boil water notice. No one mentioned this when we checked in and we did not realize until we were looking for the bathroom code. Also on importance that their is no code for the bathroom, it’s just locked from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am. They state due to Covid. Not sure why that would make a difference during the night and not during the day. Frustrating and inconvenient. I am changing my rating based on the early morning discovery.
Clean and looks fairly new. We were scheduled to have a back in site but none of them had much shade so we upgraded to a pull through which had a tree. Sites are medium size, level with tables and pads. Not much road noise although you are not far off the highway. Everything looked clean and well kept. Community room was closed due to Covid. Community fires are allowed but it was 100 so no one was starting one. Store closed early at 6:00 so we could not get ice that we had wanted. Not a bad place for one night. Not sure I would stay for more than that, not much to do. 25 minutes to Austin, which it was a little closer.
This park is on the smaller side, but makes for great camping.
Pros: Friendly staff and easy check-in. The campsites were clean as were the restrooms. You can rent kayaks and canoes. Not too busy or crowded. It has some nice views. They sell firewood at all hours. Water and electric at campsites. The lake is small, but swimming area is clean and accessible.
Cons: Road noise from the small highway. There’s not very many hiking trails. No cell service (might be a pro for some).
The Bee Ledge was kind of cool. People indigenous to the area used to use it as a shelter and has some cave like features.
We were at Meridian for two weeks. We enjoyed our time at Lake Meridian State Park!
Pros: -quiet and peaceful -beautiful & clean swimming lake -paddleboarding -pull thru sites -multiple trails -we were in site 1and loved it because it was like you had a little backyard -full rv hookups Cons: -a lot of rv sites in full sun -sticker burs throughout grass
This is a great park for family fun, and would be awesome for family reunions or youth groups! They have literally everything you can think of for summer fun! Fishing, swimming, hiking, kayaking, bird watching! We stayed on the East side so we would be close to bathrooms and drinking water. Be aware if you stay on the West side the bathrooms and water are about a mile away. There are also RV sites, cabins, screened shelters and group sites. All sites have lake access nearby.
So the park is basically a huge lake with pretty clean water for a lake. There are a wide variety of hiking trails surrounding the lake.Each trail is very much its own with different scenery, rock formations, and trees. I think the longest trail is about 2 miles, so nothing to extreme. Perfect for families and kids. It is also very dog friendly which I love!!!
This park is also only 45 miles from Glen Rose! It would be a great place to stay at and take a day to go to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Meridian is a small town but it does have all the amenities you may need about 5 miles down the road. There is a grocery store, a gas station, and some restaurants if you want a warm home style meal.
The facilities are old but well maintained, and thankfully there are showers which will be needed after swimming. Don't let the size of this park get you down, it has so much to offer for a getaway from city life. IT is the perfect place to relax, take a dip, and read a good book!