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The Lone Star State is known for its open spaces, big cities, forever-skies, and great food. If you enjoy all that, but the big city hustle and bustle is too much, maybe try something new. Want to enjoy a tranquil campsites with a spring-fed lake and beautiful trails? We’ve found the campground for you. In northeastern Texas, just an hour and change south of the Dallas and Fort Worth area and three hours north of Austin lies the quaintness of Cleburne, a small city with a big heart and the home of Cleburne State Park.
One of the earliest settlements in Johnson County, Cleburne was eventually purchased in 1934 by the CCC as part of the New Deal to help the country recover from the Great Depression. The CCC built a three-level dam which made way for the construction of Cedar Lake. A trail was built around the lake, and the rest of the 528-acre park followed.
Come to Cleburne State Park for some adventurous hiking, a relaxing swim, or some big bass fishing. All you have to do is book an RV in Johnson County and you can get your trip started!
Water lovers are urged to visit Cedar Lake, which is nestled right in the heart of the park. This 116-acre, CCC-constructed lake is a great spot for a relaxing swim. Boats are permitted, but they're not allowed to produce a wake. A boat ramp is located on the western edge of the lake. If there are any anglers in your group, test your pole off the side of their covered fishing pier. The lake is packed with catfish, largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappie. Throw on some sunscreen, leave your worries in the motorhome camper, and let your line loose.
Trail buffs are going to have a hard time choosing between the 11 hiking trails within Cleburne State Park. These trails range from easy to moderate to challenging, so everyone will have an opportunity to discover the park at their own pace. Traverse through the juniper, oak, and sumac-covered pathways, take in the scenic viewpoints all along the way, and walk along the historic Camp Creek Bridge. A few of these are fishing trails which take you to some of the best spots in the park for angling.
Maybe you'd like to spend the day on a scavenger hunt through the park? RV campers at Cleburne State Park get to experience the fantastic world of geocaching! Using the GPS capabilities on your phone, you can download a treasure hunting map that will show you all the places to find hidden caches in the park. Once you’ve found one, check with a park ranger about how to replace it with a fun new treasure for the next camper to discover.
If you plan to camp in an RV at Cleburne State Park, you’ll have plenty of sites to choose from. This park has 15 full hookup sites with 20, 30, and 50-amp service, 12 full hookup sites with 20 and 30-amp service, and 31 sites with electrical and water hookups. There aren’t any pull-through sites, but certain spaces can accommodate trailers up to 61 feet long.
As far as amenities go, Cleburne campers have got it made. In order to stay connected, the park provides Wi-Fi for its visitors. It's also good to note that most cell phone providers have reception within the park. Cleburne also provides hot showers, restrooms, picnic sites, and a ranger station. For the sporty folk, there's also a boat ramp and a softball field. Most sites also have a fire ring and a grill so you can enjoy some flame-broiled veggies or burgers, or melt a couple s’mores by a crackling fire.
If you’re looking to do a bit of shopping in town, Cleburne has a fun, historic downtown area. Pop into one of their antique shops and find that vintage thing you didn’t know you needed. There are also nice bookshops, an art gallery, and a shopping mall to explore. Come support local businesses and see what downtown Cleburne has in store for you.
Are you a soda/pop/soda pop drinker? Do you love history? The Dr. Pepper Museum is in Waco, Texas, just over an hour south of the park. Learn about the interesting history of one of America’s favorite fizzy drinks. Check out one of the museum's all-ages tours and programs including “Create a Soft Drink” and “Advertising and Marketing: Kid Style.” Don’t forget to get a fun souvenir on your way out!
Enjoying the natural world but starting to miss the excitement of a big city? The city of Arlington is less than an hour north of Cleburne. And what's more exciting than a theme park? Strap into a roller coaster seat and feel those G-forces at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. This place is packed with thrill rides, family amusement rides, live entertainment, and great food. Get your tickets at the gate or online and have the time of your life.
Before you get back on the road, you can grab some great Mexican food, burgers, or barbecue right in the city. Once your belly is full, you'll find a number of gas stations within a few miles of the park where you can fill your RV camper’s tank, and then the rest of the adventure is up to you.