Camped here a lot in my teenage days. Nice place. Clean spots.
We decided to stay at Cleburne for spring break because it was one of the few Texas state parks with sewer hookups (which we wanted for a week long stay). We were pleasantly surprised!
The park is large in that its long and narrow. Most of the campsites are quite a ways for the main hiking area and kind of a roundabout way to get to the playground and lake area. Everything was bikable too, just a long bike ride.
We love to mountain bike but were disappointed that most of the trails are crushed gravel not suitable to the casual rider (or kids). However, the hiking was amazing. Lots of tree covered areas and maintained trails. And the highlight was the spillway off the lake and the resulting creek. Several series of "waterfalls" and little pools for the kids to splash around in. We visited the spillway each day of our visit.
The playground was a nice bonus. The lake had a nice swim area and dock. They should rent canoes/kayaks out like other state parks.
We'll be back!
Keyhole camp grounds are great! About 4-6 sites backing up to a creek. Great if you have a big group. Close to bathrooms and trailhead. Great Lake area too. But we went in November.
Cleburne State Park is one of those places that flies under the radar, until you happen to check it out and fall in love. It’s not big, but it is very peaceful and secluded feeling. The campsites are excellent and generally well shaded. The small no-wake lake is a fisherman’s paradise, and the playground and swimming beach are ideal for families. I have camped here a number of times, and explored the trails around the lake on foot and on bicycle. It’s actually popular with mountain bikers, and is worth even just doing a day trip to hit the trails of various difficulty levels. There is an old CCC bridge and the CCC built spillway is especially cool to check out, for any Civilian Conservation Corps architecture fans out there. In short, it’s not the biggest, flashiest, or most famous park out there, but I think that’s part of what makes Cleburne State Park great.
We were there in late fall (early November). We were able to do quite a bit of hiking and really enjoyed the variety of trails. We saw big cats on the trail at a distance and that was a thrill! Lots of other wild life too!
Such a beautiful place to camp. Our campsite was wooded and overlooked the lake. We were able to fish, hike, and kayak. We got two large tents at our campsite and had plenty of room. The trees were also perfect for hanging out hammocks.
If it's been raining, the spillway has several waterfalls and you can swim next to them! The lake is ok to paddle, but it's a little small. Watch out for poison ivy along the trails. It is everywhere! Nice that the trails go around the lake. You can spend the whole day hiking and swimming.
Came here with my husband for my birthday for one night. We had a great site on a loop close to the restrooms (which is a plus). We roasted hot dogs, played games, went hiking, and had an all around good time. We've also come here with our big group and rented a couple of the shelters. Unfortunately it rained almost the whole weekend but we still made the best of it. We will be back.
Not a huge park, but beautiful and quiet.