Sited between pine forests to the east and grassland prairie to the west, Fairfield Lake State Park enjoys the best of both worlds, giving you the most satisfying camping experience and exploration opportunities. The 1,460-acre Fairfield Lake State Park, located six miles northeast of the city of Fairfield, Austin, Texas, is the perfect destination for you to enjoy the breathtaking view of 2,400-acre Fairfield Lake on your RV vacation. Take your time on the hiking, biking and equestrian trails in the park that wind through towering trees and resplendent canopies while you explore scenic overlooks.
Activities at the Fairfield Lake State Park include individual and group camping, backpacking, hiking, horseback riding on approximately 15 miles of day-use equestrian trails when you bring your own horse, nature study, bird watching, boating on the 2,400-acre Fairfield Lake, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and lake swimming in a large, buoyed sandy area. You could never have a boring or dull moment throughout your RV camping trip at Fairfield Lake State Park. As soon as you park your RV at any of the nine parking lots in the park, you can dive into the amazing holiday experience.
Fairfield Lake State Park which was acquired in 1971-1972 by lease from Texas Utilities, was opened to the public in 1976 and features amenities such as modern and primitive (Hike-in) campsites with full and partial RV hookup options, ADA-accessible restroom facilities, an amphitheater, boat ramp, dump station, fire rings, Wi-Fi hotspots, showers, and playgrounds.
RV Rentals in Fairfield Lake State Park
Transportation in Fairfield Lake State Park
Fairfield Lake State Park is located six miles northeast of the city of Fairfield and just a few miles from Interstate 45, therefore accessibility to the park is easy, whether you are coming in your RV, trailer, or any other vehicle. Within the park, there are paved roads that connect to all the camping areas, except the Big Brown Creek Primitive Camping Area which is only accessible by following the Big Brown Creek Trail. So, unless you are hiking, biking, or horseback riding to the Big Brown Creek campground, all campgrounds are accessible to your RV or trailer.
Fairfield Lake State Park has nine parking lots distributed across the entire park, except the Big Brown Creek Primitive campground. This gives you several parking options for your RVs and trailers. The swimming area, fishing pier and boat ramp has two dedicated parking lots for your RV/trailer, which means you are covered when spending time at the Fairfield Lake. Besides, overnight parking is available for overnight guests at the Fairfield Lake State Park.
There are no public transportation facilities at Fairfield Lake State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Fairfield Lake State Park
Campsites in Fairfield Lake State Park
Cooks Ferry Camping Area
Cooks Ferry Camping Area in Fairfield Lake State Park is a pet-friendly campground with 64 campsites available for tents and RVs. Two of the campsites in Cooks Ferry campground offer full hookup options (electricity, water, and sewer) for your RV/trailer, while the remaining campsites offer electric hookups only. RV/trailer length limit at the campground is 105 feet. Amenities at the Cooks Ferry campground include showers, restrooms, a playground, and picnic tables. Campfires are permitted only in fire rings provided at each site. No ground fires are permitted. Cooks Ferry is accessible by paved road from the park entrance and other parts of the camp, and has a dedicated parking lot. The campground is wheelchair-accessible. A trail connects the Cooks Ferry campground to a small lake and Springfield campground. Public consumption or display of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited. Quiet time is from 10 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Springfield Camping Area
Springfield Camping Area in Fairfield Lake State Park is a pet-friendly campground with 35 campsites available for RVs/trailers and tents. Only one campsite in Springfield campground has full hookup options (electric, water, and sewer hookups) for your RV/trailer, but all the remaining campsites have access to water. RV/trailer length limit at the campground is 101 feet. Amenities at the Springfield campground include restrooms, showers, and an amphitheater. Campfires are permitted only in fire rings provided at each site. No ground fires are permitted. The historic Hill Homestead Well is located at Springfield Campground and gives an insight into what life was for the early settlers in the area. A trail connects the Springfield campground to a small lake and Cooks Ferry campground. Public consumption or display of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited. Quiet time is from 10 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Post Oak Camping Area
Post Oak Camping Area in Fairfield Lake State Park is a pet-friendly campground with 35 campsites available for your RV or trailer on your vacation. One campsite has electric, water and sewer hookup options for your RV/trailer, while 34 campsites have electric hookup option only. RV/trailer length limit at the campground is 105 feet. Amenities at the Post Oak campground include restrooms, showers, and a playground. The campground is located around a boat ramp, a fishing pier and a fish cleaning facility. Campfires are permitted only in fire rings provided at each site. No ground fires are permitted. Hiking and biking trails are accessible from the campground area, and a series of trails connect to Dockery Trail, Nature Trail, Scenic Loop Trail, and Ski Cove Overlook where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Fairfield Lake. Public consumption or display of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited. Guests must leave the park by 10 p.m. Quiet time is from 10 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Seasonal activities in Fairfield Lake State Park
Fairfield Lake State Park has five amazing trails for you to hike on your RV vacation which add up to more than 11 miles with difficulty ranging from easy to moderate. The 0.7-mile long Birdwatching Trail with moderate hiking difficulty is the perfect place to watch birds such as blue herons, osprey, or red-winged blackbirds. If you decide to camp at Fairfield Lake State Park in winter, you may even get to see bald eagles on the Birdwatching trail!
Lovers of biking on trails are definitely going to love Fairfield Lake State Park because it has at least four biking trails with easy to moderate difficulty. You should enjoy this activity on your RV camping trip by biking on the five and a half-mile long moderate difficulty Dockery Trail which winds through beautiful forest vegetation with a few steep elevation changes. The approximately two-mile long Nature Trail, which is easy, meanders along the shoreline in the Park, between the forest and the Fairfield Lake. If you are on vacation with your family in your rig or trailer, then you all can enjoy biking on the Scenic Loop Trail which is family-friendly and has park benches for you to rest and spot wildlife.
Did you come on your RV vacation with your horse? Great! Fairfield Lake State Park is the perfect place to enjoy horseback riding thanks to the several equestrian trails at the park. For example, you can ride from the Big Brown Creek campground along the Dockery Trail to see the full extent of the Park boundary and its lush vegetation, or take the Dockery Trail to navigate the different steep and gentle slopes in the park. The Cemetery in the park is located along the Dockery Trail and while on your horseback ride, you can stop at the Cemetery to discover clues about the history of the area.
On your RV vacation at Fairfield Lake State Park, you can take advantage of the 2,400-acre moderately clear Fairfield Lake which has a maximum depth of 49 feet for your fishing expedition. The lake is home to several species of fish such as bass, catfish, perch, crapple, tilapia. red drum etc. What’s more, the Fairfield Lake State Park has dedicated fishing piers, with nearby parking lots for your RV, from where you can angle for any desired fish species, as long as you have the right tools for fishing. After you catch your fish, you can then stroll to the fish cleaning facilities to own your prize. Note that Largemouth bass angling starts December-February, earlier in the year than most lakes due to the heated water.
Nature Observation and Study
Lovers of nature find Fairfield Lake State Park to be the perfect RV camping destination to observe and appreciate the beauty of nature. The park is blessed with surrounding woods comprised of oaks, hickory, cedar, elm, dogwood and redbud, on which many species of birds take sanctuary. These woodlands also mark the transition zone between the pine forests in the eastern end of the park and the prairie grasslands in the northern/western ends. Besides, wildlife such as osprey, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, raccoons, foxes, beavers, squirrels and armadillos are found in the park, in addition to the catfish, bass, carp, freshwater redfish, and fish species in the Fairfield Lake. The park is just perfect for you to study nature in all its glamour.
Bring your swimming trunks on your RV holiday and dive into the Fairfield Lake at designated swimming areas to enjoy the warmth of the beautiful clear lake. Group swimming is allowed and even recommended if you are on vacation with family and/or friends. You will definitely love every bit of it. Pets and glass containers are not allowed in the swimming area. There is a dedicated parking space for your RV just around the swimming area for you to park your rig, change into your swimming gear and unleash your swimming skills!