We use the term “primitive” loosely at Shinnery Ridge West campground. Though the nearest restroom is 200 yards (1 mile) away, that just means you’ll really make those bathroom runs count. With easy access to Lake Meridian--lakefront property, yo--campsites are fully equipped with a picnic table, fire ring with fold-away grill, waist high barbeque grill (because one grill isn’t enough, you Gordon Ramsay, you) and lantern pole. Stay here and say you roughed it in the primitive sites, it’ll be our little secret.
Campsite area
Tent sites
8 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No showers


Offered near the campground.


Although mountain and trail biking is not permitted within the park, paved road loops around three sides of the lake, encirclin...Read more


Boating is a great way to see Meridian State Park’s 72-acre lake, but beware: only no-wake boating is permitted. The boat launc...Read more


Bream, crappie, catfish and largemouth bass all populate the expansive lake. Fish from the shore, or head out on the canoe. Sma...Read more


Bosque Hiking Trail, which fully encircles Lake Meridian, should be at the top of your Meridian State Park checklist. The 2.5-m...Read more


Lake Meridian is a great size for paddling. Traverse the 72 acres of water with a paddle in hand, and you’ll find beautiful vie...Read more


Crisp blue waters and lush green shores are the perfect backdrop for a swim at Lake Meridian. The best swimming spot is on the ...Read more

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Shinnery Ridge West Campground.

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Hipcamper Elisabeth
Elisabeth E.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2020

If you’re looking to unplug, this spot is perfect. You’re in trees on 3 sides, with limited, distant road noise and the occasional moo.. The loudest thing you’re likely to hear is the rustling of an armadillo in the dark. Site 25 is the first in this area. It has limited flat, clear land, so best for a single tent. There is standing water adjacent to the site so plan for mosquitos. You’re directly across the road from another site but strategically parking your car affords some privacy. The grill, fire pit, and table are all in excellent condition as of early fall 2020. Toilets are not within easy walking distance.

The park is lovely. Lots of birds, hiking trails of various lengths, and fishing or lounging at the lake.

Hipcamper Katie
Katie I.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 6th, 2015

Sites 30 & 31 are positioned directly on the lake which makes for wonderful views, but they're more exposed than the other primitive sites. Located next to a large parking lot - great for larger groups, fishers, and day-long parties, separated from the crowd.

Hipcamper Katie
Katie I.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 6th, 2015

Campsites 28 and 29 are away from the other sites, tucked in between the road and the lake. Although they're labeled "primitive" the sites come with a nice tent pad, picnic table, fire pit and grill.

Hipcamper Alejandro D.
recommends this listing.
January 15th, 2019
Meridian State Park
United States
Phone Number
(254) 435-2536
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31.889° N, 97.706° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 8 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)