Meridian State Park

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About Meridian State Park

Some state parks have 31 campsites in a single loop, and at 505-acre Meridian State Park, there are 31 campsites total! Campsites gather ‘round 72-acre Meridian Lake, a no-wake, communal body of water for swimmers and fishers alike. Anglers take note: this small lake packs a diversity of fish from bream, crappie, catfish, and largemouth bass. Fish sticks for dinner, anyone? Aside from the wonderful waters of Lake Meridian, visitors can enjoy over 6 miles of trails lined with flora, super relaxing in a screened shelter, or geocaching! Feel like getting your bird on? You're in luck! Meridian State Park is a convenient location for Dallas are birders to see the "golden cheeked warbler" during spring nesting season. Whether you wander to Meridian State Park for a primitive-style stay or swank it up in a shelter on the water--one thing is certain--this little park leaves a big impression on all who pass through.

Campgrounds in Meridian

Shinnery Ridge West Campground

1. Shinnery Ridge West Campground

We use the term “primitive” loosely at Shinnery Ridge West campground. Though the nearest restroom is 200 yards (1 mile) away, that just means...

Katie
Katie: Campsites 28 and 29 are away from the other sites, tucked in between the road and the lake. Although they're labeled...
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Crosstimbers Campground

2. Crosstimbers Campground

Similar to Juniper Ridge and Lakeside campgrounds, you can get a full-on glamping experience at one of five screened shelters in Crosstimbers or...

Chris
Chris: Lots of good hiking trails around the lake at this park.
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Juniper Ridge Campground

3. Juniper Ridge Campground

Glamping 101: get that lakefront cabin experience you’ve always pined for at Juniper Ridge, Crosstimbers and Lakeside campgrounds! At Juniper...

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Shinnery Ridge East Campground

4. Shinnery Ridge East Campground

Go home RV-ers (or just go to another campsite in the park) this campground is for tents only! Shinnery Ridge East sites are not as remote as the...

Cedar Ridge Campground

5. Cedar Ridge Campground

Start ‘em off right! Cedar Ridge is a sponsored youth camping area that holds up to seventy-two young’ns and their supervisors. Nearby amenities to...

Lakeside Campground

6. Lakeside Campground

Glamping 101: get that lakefront cabin experience you’ve always pined for at Lakeside, Juniper Ridge, and Crosstimbers campgrounds! As the name...

Andrea
Andrea: The Lakeside Shelters are at the boat dock area, which has lots of traffic. Its a beautiful spot, but if you can get shelter 5...
Cottonwood Cove Campground

7. Cottonwood Cove Campground

Bring ‘em out, bring ‘em out! Cottonwood Cove campground holds up to 24 people and is one of the more primitive sites in Meridian State Park. That...

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Hipcamper Chris

Lots of good hiking trails around the lake at this park.

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Hipcamper Katie

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.

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Hipcamper Katie

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.

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Hipcamper Texas

We stayed in screened shelter #13. Don't let the number fool you. It's the best one, as far as we're concerned (and the park, apparently. They recommended it to us as the best for view and we agree). It's sits up high on a ridge with a cliff close by, so maybe not great for small children. Our kids, 8 and 10 did fine. There was a fire pit and grill, and water, and one electrical outlet in the shelter. Bathrooms are very, very close (you could throw a rock and hit them), including hot shower. The downside is having to drive a short drive down to the water to swim, but we didn't mind. It's a great park and we all had a blast.

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Hipcamper Andrea

The Lakeside Shelters are at the boat dock area, which has lots of traffic. Its a beautiful spot, but if you can get shelter 5 or 6 you will be a little removed from the traffic.

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History of Meridian State Park

Meridian State Park, near Meridian in Bosque County, is a 505.4-acre park. A rock and earthen dam was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps on Bee Creek to form the park's 72-acre lake. The land was acquired from private owners in 1933 - 1935 and was opened to the public in 1935.

Tonkawa Indians lived in the surrounding area before the arrival of white settlers. Tawakoni Indians also occupied the area prior to 1841. The Texas-Santa Fe expedition of 1841 passed through Bosque County near the present site of the park in Bosque Valley.