Lake Whitney State Park

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About Lake Whitney State Park

Lake Whitney’s pretty cool and all, but in the spring, something else steals the show: a riot of color creeps over the park when wildflowers -- in over 40 different varieties -- blanket and bloom around the banks of the lake. With great spots for boating, swimming, and scuba diving, though, this park has something to offer all year round. Fish for bass, crappie, and catfish from a vessel or the park’s pier. Bonus: you don’t need a fishing license to sink a hook in Lake Whitney’s waters when you’re within the park. Hike among the prairie grasslands, and when the Texas sun starts to turn you red, seek shelter beneath the park’s majestic old oaks. Strap on some skis (the water kind) and go surfing past the sandy beaches and high, dry, bluffs that dot the 775-acre lake’s shoreline. When you hit the sack in one of the park’s eight campgrounds, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the sound of lapping water almost immediately -- we promise Lake Whitney will wear you out in the best way.

Campgrounds in Lake Whitney

Horseshoe Campground

1. Horseshoe Campground

Arriving in a trailer? Head on over to Horseshoe Campground. This camping area, located on the northwest edge of the park, has 42 sites with water,...

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Star View Campground

2. Star View Campground

Choose between a lake view and the jungle gym at Star View Campground. Half of the 18 campsites sit close to the lake edge, while the other half...

Texas: We stayed here for two days during Spring Break. It's a nice campsite with plenty of grassy area for the boys to throw the...
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Lake View Campground

3. Lake View Campground

Rough it at Lake View Campground; the 20 sites here only come with water hookups. The good news: a fishing pier is nearby, and most of the sites,...

Blue Bird Campground

4. Blue Bird Campground

The 12 sites at Blue Bird campground come equipped with water and electric hookups. Plus, nearly all the campsites sit close to the water’s edge....

Sunset Ridge Campground

5. Sunset Ridge Campground

When a park has eight campgrounds, like Lake Whitney Park does, it can feel like people outnumber trees -- so if you want the “communing with...

White-Tail Campground

6. White-Tail Campground

White-Tail Campground is near all of the action -- it’s the campground closest to the day-use area, which contains a playground, group picnic...

Road Runner Campground

7. Road Runner Campground

The 12 sites at Road Runner Campground come with water and electric hookups but, sadly, lack a certain swift-footed bird with blue feathers and a...

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Hipcamper Texas

We stayed here for two days during Spring Break. It's a nice campsite with plenty of grassy area for the boys to throw the football. Good tree shade for all of the sites, with a very short few steps down to the water. Too cold to swim for us, unfortunately. We fell asleep each night to the sound of the lake waves - so peaceful! There is a water spigot between every couple sites to share and the bathrooms are not a super close walk from the sites, but definitely walkable. We were unable to get hot water in the showers (cold showers are brrrrrr bad). The park personnel make frequent quiet sweeps through the campsites in their trucks, but we never noticed any problems at all. Everyone was very chill and happy to be there. Recommend!

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Hipcamper Forever

The park is ok. The trails are not very good. The camp spots are good. The thing no one tells you is the "cliff jumping" is not at the state park but rather around the dam area! So keep that in mind for our visit

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History of Lake Whitney State Park

The 775-acre Lake Whitney State Park was acquired in 1954 by a Department of the Army lease and opened in May 1965. The park is along the east shore of Lake Whitney, west of Hillsboro in Hill County.

The park is located on Lake Whitney near ruins of Towash, an early Texas settlement inundated by Lake Whitney. Towash Village was named for the chief of the Hainai Indians, who moved into the area in 1835.