Cleburne State Park
At the end of April, we spent a week at Cleburne State Park near Cleburne, Texas. I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know there was a state park near Cleburne. We went on a referral from our friends who went with us. Let me tell you, we were pleasantly surprised. There are many many trees, the camping is good and there is plenty to do to make your trip an adventure.
We camped at Poplar Point. It is the last camping area in the park and has a lot of trees that provide plenty of shade which will help cool you off during the hot summer months. The sites in this area are very spacious and provide a lot of room for you to spread out. Most of the sites back up to Cedar Lake and allow easy access to the water for fishing or kayaking.
We loved this area but one downfall is the angle of the sites. Many are not level. We spent the week with our back tires off the ground. So if you’re planning to camp at Poplar Point, come prepared and bring lots of blocks.
In addition to Poplar point, there are four other camping areas in the park including North Creek, Keyhole, Shady Springs and Cedar Grove. All are great camping areas with a lot of trees as well and the sites are pretty level. The North Creek camping area backs up to a creek that is part of the lake. It makes for good fishing.
If you don’t have a camper or a tent but still want to experience the outdoors, screened shelters and cabins are available to rent any time of the year.
Things to do
- Hiking - Cleburne has a lot of trails for hiking and biking. You can use some of the same trails for both. Some trails run along the parameters of the park and some are along the lake where you can fish. Be sure to take plenty of water. Especially in the summer. And, be on the lookout for snakes that may be taking advantage of the warm sun or swimming in the water.
- Fishing - Cedar Lake is a small lake that provides the opportunity for lots of fishing. There is a fishing pier and you can also put a boat in the water if you wish. Many of the camping sites along the lake or the creek allow for fishing also.
- Kayaking - Cedar Lake is also good for kayaking or canoeing. The lake is not too small and not too big. You can’t get lost and there are not too many large boats to interfere with your fun.
- If you want something to do outside the park, you can visit Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose or if you feel like doing some shopping, you can visit Ft. Worth which is just an hour drive north of the park.
If you get a chance to visit Cleburne State Park, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. There is plenty to do and even though it’s an hour south of the big city of Ft. Worth, it’s still a great place to get away for a weekend and enjoy the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely go back.