In early March of 2020, right at the beginning of the Covid 19 Pandimic, I had the opportunity to visit Fort Parker State Park is located next to the town of Mexia Texas and sits on the banks of Fort Parker Lake. This great Texas State Park was built by the CCC starting in 1935 and finishing in 1942. The CCC Company 3807(C) that constructed the park and for recreation was an an all African American CCC Camp. Old Fort Parker was rebuilt by the CCC in preparation for a Texas Centennial Observance in 1936, the rest of the constructs were completed over 6 years. Fort Parker State Park was dedicated in May 1941. Fort Parker State Park provides an excellent location for family camping trips, great family reunions or just a fun day hiking and exploring. Come along with me as I explore Fort Parker State Park!
Plenty of good camping spots as well as great trails and a big beautiful lake.
We stayed as Fort Parker for two weeks! We had a wonderful time.
Pros: Gorgeous lake, tons of pelicans and herons, kayak trails, great Verizon service for work, amazing staff and camp hosts, regular nature programs, sunsets, pretty quiet and peaceful even when the camp was full!
Cons: swimming area was pretty gross, mud up to our knees and scum on the top of the water. River trail was stagnant but we saw a lot of birds still. Uneven sites 6-10(needed major leveling)
We stopped here overnight on the way home from Renfest in October 2017… it was rustic, we saw a couple of wild hogs on the way to our campsite.
Like the other state parks we had been to, there was running water, tent pads & a nearby restroom. Since we were only there for one night, we didn't get a chance to explore the park.
We took our Grandkids here awhile back. We fished, hiked and made S'mores. The Rangers gave the kids information and coloring stuff. They had cool things for the kids to see.
This was the first trip we took with our new vintage camper and it did not disappoint! Even in the bitter cold of December Fort Parker had plenty to offer. Their sites are well spaced and large with a picnic table and fire ring. There are several right on the lake. They have several hiking trails and a few historic sites to explore. We really enjoyed our stay.
Went camping here for the end of spring break and had a wonderful time. The Rangers were all very friendly and helpful, and the campsite was clean and spacious. We really enjoyed the hiking trails and got to do a little canoeing. We will definitely be returning!
Great for a family get-together. We stayed in the water-only section. Nice restrooms for a No-fush and real restrooms are a quick drive to the other side of the park. The only dislike was the water is located in a campsite. So if that site is being used you have you intruded to get some water.
We have a big group that camps every spring and fall. This was one of my favorites. The campsites are right on the water. We rented a few screened shelters and brought kayaks. Great, small park for both camping and kayaking.
Big lake to enjoy with boat rentals, simple trails, clean facilities, neat historic fort right on site. Not a lot to do on site if you’re not in the water. It was hot but there is an ok breeze along the water. The sites are wooded and pretty shady, pretty good separation between them. We were in an RV like almost everyone else. So many bugs though.