Lockhart State Park
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Introduction

The land that is now called Lockhart State Park was once home to the Comanche Indians. By the late 19th century most of the Indians that called Texas home were either eradicated or relocated to a different area. The land was purchased in 1934 by the government and was later the home of the Civilian Conversation Corps for three years. From 1935 to 1938, they built the main park areas including the trails, a swimming pool, a golf course, the fishing area, and the cabins as well.

The park was a private social club until it opened its gates to the public in 1948. Since then, the 263 acres of land has been a destination for golfers, hikers, and students of the homeschool programs to appreciate Texas state parks. The Clear Fork Creek runs right through the middle of the park eventually flowing into Plum Creek, making fishing a lovely past time but that isn’t the only reason visitors go to Lockhart State Park. The summertime offers homeschool classes led by the rangers, a pool to cool off in, and a golf course to practice your winning swing. In winter, the trails remain open, making them a great place to go hiking, birding, and geocaching.

The campground offers 20 sites with hookups available for RV and trailer use. Half of the sites have full hookups, and a dumping station for sites without a sewer hookup is located nearby. There are plenty of different activities that you can enjoy year-round, especially if you purchase a state park pass. Not only is the day fee waived, but you are also eligible for other coupons and discounts to any park in the state of Texas. The park enjoys hot summers and cool winters with a beautiful view of the night sky in each season.

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Transportation in Lockhart State Park

Driving

The park is located a 46-minute drive from Austin, Texas and an hour and nine minute drive from Saint Antonio, Texas. The town of Lockhart is only a nine-minute drive from the park’s entrance. On your way to the park, you can stop in town and try one of the many barbecue restaurants in the area. There are also shopping malls and small diners to keep you occupied. If you forgot to stock up on basic necessities, the large department store in town will have most of your camping needs.

The road to the park’s entrance is paved and well maintained. If you are looking for the headquarters it will be on your right and a parking lot will be on your left when you enter the park. After you have completed the check-in process, be sure to take a map of the park and ask the staff about points of interest in the park. They may recommend walking rather than driving around the campground to get the full experience of the park. You can also take your bike on the trails or roads in the park.

Lockhart State Park has moderate elevation so you won’t have to worry too much about flooding. In case of inclement weather, the park may close in order to put your safety first. The Clear Creek may flood or cause water damage to your RV if you remain in the park after being warned of inclement weather. The park enjoys hot summers and cool winters, with plenty of sun between each season.

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Campgrounds and parking in Lockhart State Park

Campsites in Lockhart State Park

Reservations camping

Clear Fork Creek Campground

There are 10 sites with only water and electric hookups available. A dumping station is provided to make up for the lack of a sewer hookup. The sites are at an incline which means you will need a few bricks to level your RV but they are very spaced out allowing you to have more space between you and your neighbor. The trees partially cover each lot, allowing you to have some shade from the summer’s sun. Amenities included are restrooms, hot showers, fire rings, and a grill. You are not allowed to bring your own firewood, but you can pick some up at the park’s office on your way into the park. You are not allowed to gather firewood either in order to keep the ecosystem of the park balanced. If you have leftover firewood by the time you are ready to leave, remember to burn all of it. You are able to stay a limit of 14 nights at a time and may reserve a site up to 11 months in advance.

Fairway Campground

This campground offers full hookups for RV and trailers with a limit of 50 feet in length max. There are 10 sites that are shaded and provide a decent amount of privacy from your neighbor. The sites are in a close circle and while you do have privacy from your neighbor, you may still be able to hear them through the shrubbery. These sites are leveled, so you won’t need a brick to level your RV. The electrical hookup offers up to 50 amp.

Amenities included are hot showers, restrooms, picnic table, water, fire ring, grill, and a smoker. The Clear Fork Trail is nearby offering you a chance to get a few steps in around the lake. Remember that you are prohibited from bringing your own firewood and the gathering of firewood is also prohibited, but you can pick up firewood and other knickknacks like ice cream in the camp store. If you are not sure about the rules, then pick up a park guide on your way in at the park’s headquarters. Be sure to pick up any trash you see to keep the park looking beautiful. You can stay up to 14 nights here and reservations are available 11 months in advance.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Lockhart State Park

In-Season

Hiking

For your enjoyment of your stay in Lockhart State Park, there are 11 trails. The trails range from easy to challenging allowing you to explore different parts of the park. The Rattlesnake Trail is one of the tougher trails leading to the recreation hall with a rugged incline. If you want to see a clear view of the park, take the Clear Fork Trail which passes by some of the best park sceneries. Remember to let others know where you are and take a friend with you. Remember to take sunscreen and stay hydrated. Pack your hiking boots and remember to leave the trails clean on your hike.

Golfing

In the late 1930s, the Civilians Conservation Corps built a nine-hole golf course providing more recreational options for visitors. You can play a round of golf on the course then cool off by the pool in the summer. If you forgot your equipment then you may rent some from the golf course main store. There you can also pay for your game of golf and rent a golf cart to make traveling to each hole more convenient.

Go Swimming

In the late 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration built the pool before the park opened to the public. The swimming pool now opens from the Memorial Day weekend to the weekend following Labor Day and a small fee is required before you can dive in the cool waters every summer. Please remember to pack your bathing suit and extra sunscreen if you plan to be outside for a long time.

Off-Season

Geocaching

You can be a modern-day pirate and go hunting for treasures with your family and geocaching friends. Geocache is easy to play, requiring an adventurous spirit, a pen or pencil, robust walking boots, a GPS device, a water bottle, and your own personal treasure to trade. Before exploring, make sure you know the cache logging rules and regulations. Make sure you leave a cache area as clean as you found it to keep the adventure alive.

Birding

More than 300 bird species call Texas home. The different types of birds can be seen throughout the year, including the Red-Tailed Hawk, the Brown-headed Cowbird, Killdeer, Barn Swallows, and many others. You can pick up a list of birds at the park’s headquarters. Remember to bring sunscreen, binoculars, and a pair of walking boots. If you're planning a birding day, explore the Persimmon Trail and pack a snack and some water for safe measures.

Homeschoolers Program

Each year starting in September and ending in April, the park hosts classes for students in the homeschooling community. Classes are scheduled months in advance and you can reserve your spot by calling the park office. Students can learn all about the park’s resources and gain a better understanding of how the park was constructed. Classes take a deeper dive into learning about the ecosystem in the streams, and the flora and fauna that call the park home.

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