An easy way to see eastern central Texas is to search for an RV in Limestone County, which is less than 100 miles south of Dallas and Fort Worth. Also located in Limestone County is Fort Parker State Park, which is a fun place to camp when you are renting an RV in the area. This state park consists of nearly 1,500 acres, approximately half of which is water, and originally opened to the public in 1941. The state park is named after Fort Parker, a well-known fort in the area that dates back to the 1830s.
Fort Parker State Park is about equidistant between Waco and Fairfield and rests on gently rolling hills that are prominent in the area. The park is home to much diverse wildlife, thanks to its lake, and is a great place to explore nature in an otherwise dryer area in Texas. RV camping at state parks is a wonderful way to explore, and Fort Parker State Park is a delightful destination for both nature and history lovers alike.
There are a lot of exciting outdoor activities to enjoy while you are RV camping at Fort Parker State Park, both on land and in the water. The most obvious activities are at the lake itself, Lake Fort Parker, which is a refreshing place to swim when the weather is hot, and the sun is beating down. The lake is also able to be fished as long as guests bring the proper licenses and equipment, and small boats are allowed, provided they don’t create a large wake.
Surrounding the lake is a series of trails that vacationers can hike and bike on at their leisure. Dogs are also allowed on these trails, as long as they are kept on a leash and cleaned up after. This makes a great place to stretch your legs with your four-legged friends. When you arrange your RV rental in the area be sure to bring bikes and hiking shoes to take full advantage of the trails at Fort Parker State Park.
A more serene and calming activity that is popular at the park is bird watching. There are many birds and wildlife that can be seen, and animals spotted in the past include bluebirds, ducks, herons, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, bobcats, and even migratory waterfowl during the right seasons. There is a nature study center at the park that has information on all the animals that can be seen, so guests that are looking to get the most viewings out of their trip should stop by for insider tips.
Camping at Fort Parker State Park
Campers who plan on camping at Fort Parker State Park will enjoy the standard luxuries and amenities that many Texan state parks offer. At this state park, there are 34 sites at which RVs can park, and 24 of them have electricity and water hookups. The other 10 RV sites only provide water hookups, so when you are planning to camp here and really need electricity, be sure to call ahead and book a site with those hookups.
All of the RV sites have fire rings with a grill, lantern posts to hang a light, a picnic table, and privacy thanks to nearby trees. There is a small collection of pull-through RV sites at the park, but no matter what site you end up in you’ll have access to the community restrooms and showers that are within convenient walking distance. There are nearby entertainment options like a baseball diamond for you to use at your leisure.
Exploring the Area
Fort Parker State Park camping will give you easy access to the surrounding area and all of its rich history and attractions. The nearest historical attraction to the park is the Old Fort Parker Historic Site, after which the park is named. This recreation fort is open to the public and is home to a collection of buildings and artifacts that are built in the original style of the 1830s fort. There are many festivals, events, and celebrations held at the fort throughout the year so be sure to check the Mexia calendar of events for more details.
Also near to the park is Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site. This historic site was built to commemorate the location where Confederate Civil War veterans and their families reunited. In modern-day the site is home to a placard, which tells of its purpose, and also contains a dance pavilion, a cannon, and the ruins of buildings from the 1920s. The site is located near to the Navasota River, which is a peaceful place to sit and walk when the weather is nice.
When you rent a camper near Fort Parker State Park, the nearest convenient town to visit for supplies, gas, and food is Mexia. This small Texan town is to the north of the park and is big enough to support a diverse collection of restaurants, including BBQ, Mexican, American, buffets, fast food chains, and a few central Texas-specific options. There are many gas stations located on the main strip in town, Milam Street, that are easily navigable in even the largest RV thanks to their oversized parking lots and pumping lanes.