Lake Brownwood State Park is an area of astonishing natural beauty. Surrounded by rolling hills, miles of scenic shoreline and wooded riverbeds and wildflowers, the 537.5-acre park is a nature lover’s dream. Campers can enjoy fresh air and peace and quiet at this secluded park 16 miles northwest of the city of Brownwood, Texas.
The park was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in 1934 and designed to blend in with the natural environment. They used locally quarried rock to build buildings, patios and fire pits that were used by soldiers during World War II and many of these structures are still used by visitors today. And there’s a reason the CCC were so intent on protecting the environment here. Set right in the center of where three eco-regions overlap, including rolling plains with shrubby vegetation, the Edwards Plateau with grasslands and wooded slopes, and the Western Cross Timbers made up of dwarfed post oak and blackjack oak trees, the park is rich in wildlife. Keep an eye out for white-tailed deer, raccoons, foxes, armadillos, squirrels and all sorts of rare and unusual birds.
Outdoor recreation is encouraged at Lake Brownwood State Park with two and a half miles of hiking trails and a half mile nature trail to explore. A 7,300-acre reservoir and a boating ramp make this state park a playground for water lovers, including boaters, anglers and jet skiiers. Open all-year round for RV holidaymakers, the park is fantastic for swimming, sunset-seeking and picnics during the summer months, and star gazing and bird watching in the winter months.
RV Rentals in Lake Brownwood State Park
Transportation in Lake Brownwood State Park
Brownwood State Park is located 16 miles northwest of Brownwood along Park Road 15, off State Highway 279. As you approach the park, watch out for low-hanging branches about 20 yards before you reach the park office and keep an eye out for low branches as you drive through the campsite.
There are no other driving restrictions in the park so getting around by RV or any large rig shouldn’t be an issue. Once you’ve set up your RV camp, you can get around by hiking or biking along the various trails, or launch your boat and explore the park from the water.
Campgrounds and parking in Lake Brownwood State Park
Campsites in Lake Brownwood State Park
There are 75 sites available, including 20 full hookup sites and others with electric and water, or water hookups only. Some sites have big rig access for vehicles up to 27 feet but availability is limited. Each campsite comes with a picnic table and fire pit. If you’d prefer to upgrade your lodgings, there are also two- and four-sleeper cabins, and lodges that sleep four to 26 people.
The campsites all have restrooms nearby with flush toilets and hot showers. Other facilities in the park include Texas State Park Wi-Fi, an outdoor dance pavilion overlooking the lake, and a Ranger station with a small store that sells ice. Sports facilities include a volleyball court and a softball field.
The campsites sleep up to eight people each and are pet-friendly provided you keep your dogs on a short leash at all times. Be sure to arrive at the park campsite early. If you have a reservation, it only holds you a spot and not a specific campsite, so the earlier you get here the more choice you will have.
Seasonal activities in Lake Brownwood State Park
Lake Brownwood is a popular spot for boating enthusiasts. A boat ramp in the park makes launching your boat effortless and you can explore the 7,300-acre lake by pontoon, kayak or fishing boat s much as you please. During the warm summer months, the water is often filled with boaters enjoying activities like water skiing, tubing, paddling, and jet skiing. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day on the water.
Kids visiting Lake Brownwood State Park will love the junior ranger courses that allow them to complete tasks to earn a badge. The course includes an Explorer Pack that comes with all sorts of tips and tools for exploring the park, including a pair of binoculars, a magnifying glass, an animal tracking key, fauna and flora guides, and a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal. Pick up the backpack and enjoy learning about the park with your little one or let them venture off on their own or with their friends. On Saturday mornings in the summer, the park also hosts “coffee with the ranger” sessions at the park headquarters where you can learn some interesting facts about the park.
The 7,300-acre reservoir at Lake Brownwood State Park is popular amongst anglers who enjoy fishing for popular species such as white crappie, perch, catfish and white or largemouth bass. The small coves, bays and creeks are filled with all sorts of interesting fish species. During the summer months and early fall, you’ll find that white bass fishing is excellent when they can be found in large schools near the surface of the main lake area. Night fishing for white bass under lit boat docks is also a great way to fish here. Fishing gear can be loaned in the park. Anglers aren’t required to have a license to fish from land in a Texas state park, but if you’re looking to launch your boat and do some fishing, you will need to have a valid license.
Birders will be in their element at this scenic state park. With diverse terrain providing varying habits for all species of birds, the bird watching opportunities in the park are spectacular all year round. During the winter months, you can expect to see birds such as Canada goose, American widgeon, great blue heron, black and turkey vulture, and woodpeckers. There are also several rare spottings such as the cinnamon teal, osprey and coopers hawk. Don’t forget your binoculars!
During the Christmas season, there are plenty of exciting activities and events for families. Decorate your campsite with festive lights and get into the Christmas spirit before heading down to the recreation hall to learn how to make historic toys, listen to educational talks by the park rangers and get a photo with Santa Claus. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served for hungry bellies.
There are nearly six miles of hiking meandering throughout Lake Brownwood State Park, including a half mile interpretive trail. The trails have tall grass and rocky steps that can be challenging but there are CCC-built benches along the way for you to take a rest and admire the scenery. If you’d prefer a more leisurely and well-groomed trail then stick to the non-lake trails. Hikers can see a variety of wildlife and plants along the trails, including flowering cacti, oak trees, waterfowl, and even fish swimming in the shallows of the lake. While most trails are for hiking only, the Nopales Ridge Trail is also open to cyclists.