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When visiting Texas, you'll probably want to head into Hill Country and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the state. Meridian State Park, in Meridian, Texas, is just a mere 50 miles to the northwest of historic Waco. Book an RV in Bosque County and plan to stay awhile in Texas Hill Country while camping at Meridian State Park.
While RV camping at Texas state parks, you can expect to go hiking, enjoy picturesque picnics, or go paddling on the water. Drop into Jonesboro for quaint shops and a taste of small-town Texas living. Jonesboro is only about 30 minutes to the south of Meridian State Park and offers great Tex-Mex restaurants and quick fast food options.
While camping at Meridian State Park, you'll be able to participate in numerous activities that will get you outside and into the sunshine. Paddling on Lake Meridian is one of those activities. You can rent a kayak, jon boat, canoe, or paddleboard at the park’s headquarters, or bring your own watercraft. Just remember to practice water safety while out on the lake and be aware of those around you.
Get up early and step outside your rental RV to watch the sunrise over the horizon and then set out on one of the trails that meander through the park. There are about five miles of trails, including the two-mile Bosque Hiking Trail that circles Lake Meridian. Trails range from easy to strenuous; pick up a trail guide at the park’s headquarters when you arrive at the park. If you're planning to hike, be sure to prepare a pack before setting out on the trail. Texas temperatures will quickly rise and you'll need plenty of water while hiking.
Many avid birdwatchers flock to Meridian State Park in hopes of catching a glimpse of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. This endangered bird nests in Meridian State Park between March and July. Bird watchers can also search for wood-warblers, woodpeckers, flycatchers, and sparrows. A bird blind is located on the Little Forest Junior Trail. The park’s headquarters has a bird watcher’s guide available. Be sure to bring your camera or cell phone along to get great photos of the birds you see.
State park RV campgrounds aren't always the most comfortable, but they're generally peaceful and offer fantastic views of the park. Meridian State Park offers many amenities to make state park RV camping very comfortable, including eight sites with full hookups. An additional seven sites offer electric and water, but the maximum RV length for these sites is 19 feet. Modern restrooms with showers are within walking distance of each campsite. A fire ring and grill are also included with each campsite.
If you're unable to reserve a campsite at Meridian State Park, park your RV rental at Bosque Bottoms RV Park. Modern restrooms and showers are available at the campground as well as a dump station. Bosque Bottoms RV Park is the home of the annual National Championship BBQ Competition, so book early to ensure you have a full-hookup site for your RV.
Camp near Meridian State Park at the American Inn & RV Park in Meridian and enjoy full hookups with 30 or 50-amp electric, water, and sewer. A laundromat with washers, dryers, and vending machines is available here. Campers can also enjoy free Wi-Fi. This RV park is just minutes from Meridian State Park.
Your Meridian State Park camping trip will be a fun and memorable experience, but while you're in the area, check out some of the interesting sites, such as the award-winning winery in Meridian. Venture further afield to the Rock Church in Cranfills Gap for a dose of local history and beautiful architecture. If you need to refuel before hitting the road, you'll find gas stations just up the road from the park in Meridian proper.
Chip and Joanna Gaines became instant household names when they skyrocketed to stardom on HGTV. This dynamic duo began the Magnolia Market Silos in Waco. This shopping complex is a sight to see, especially the two 120-foot tall silos that were built by the Brazos Valley Cotton Oil Company in 1950. The Magnolia Market Silos encompasses two city blocks, and the grounds are open to the public.
While in Waco, make a date with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum. This historical center showcases the storied past of the Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers have helped keep the peace for hundreds of years and under five different flags. Visit the State Memorial and wander through the museum envisioning a time gone by.