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“Undiscovered Gem!!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Parker State Park

Fort Parker State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Mexia
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Owner description: A great camping spot with a nice lake in the middle of the park.
Fort Worth, Texas
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Undiscovered Gem!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

I have visited all of the state parks within a couple hundred miles of Fort Worth and Dallas, and just discovered this great park less than 100 miles from Fort Worth. It is one of the very best in the area - a must visit. It has a beautiful forest, nice hiking trail, great lake for paddling, a pretty good campground, and a nice fishing pond for the kids (if the 2 river otters cavorting on this little lake have not eaten everything). Plus it is within a few miles of "reconstructed" Fort Parker, the Confederate Reunion Grounds Historic Site, and the Parker Monument just west of Grosbeck. For canoers and kayakers, the park is on the Limestone Bluffs Paddling Trail downstream from the Confederate Reunion Grounds. And for birders, the woods and lake offer great birding. And, hey, the staff at the park are very nice.

Visited October 2013
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English first
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63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful Lake”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Unless you primitive camp, the campsites are way over crowded; however, you won't want to spend much time at your site. The park is beautiful, the lake is amazing, and there is incredible wild life to view. We are already planning our next trip.

Visited September 2013
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Fairfield Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cant see the Lake”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

The Park is very clean and rustic except they have allowed the foliage to completely take over all of the banks along the lake, except for one small swimming area. If you are camping "on the waterfront" you cant see it because of the tall grass and trees that have taken over. A real shame if you hope to get a nice breeze off of the water and a scenic view.

Visited July 2013
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Keene, TX
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful park.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

We visited the park to hike and fish. The ranger staff was very, very helpful and friendly. We took advantage of their loaner program for fishing tackle, and, my husband, who does not like fish, caught the first fish. We saw beautiful shore birds and thoroughly enjoyed our day.

Visited April 2013
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A clean, safe, and fun place to camp with family”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Nice fishing dock (carp, croppie, sunfish, cat fish, blue gill, bass) scenic lake, good pricing on boats (skip the paddle boat unless you want to pedal really hard and go nowhere). Campsites and bathrooms were clean and well maintained. The hiking trails were beautiful and easy to follow. Small but scenic. Ornithologists would probably enjoy this as well.

Visited May 2013
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