Fort Parker State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: Yes
Fee: $4.00
Address
194 Park Road 28
Mexia, TX 76667
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Description

Fort Park is a 1,458-acre plot of land full of options for you and your dog to enjoy. Created in 1935 through a land donation from the city of Mexia, the Civilian Conservation Corps added the recreational facilities and the dam, which are still standing, that eventually created Fort Parker Lake.

If playing in the water with your canine is what you're looking for, Fort Parker allows you to take your dog in the water provided they're on a leash. The lake also hosts canoeing and paddleboarding, both of which are available for rental free of cost with park admission. If fishing is more your speed, poles are available to loan with bait available for a small additional fee.

Overnight camping is available at Fort Parker, and you can choose from either traditional campsites, screened shelters, or larger group sites. There are also group facilities available that include a dining hall, game hall, and four sleeping barracks that can house up to 96 individuals comfortably. Dogs aren't allowed in the buildings themselves, but can still access the outdoor portions of the campsite.

Nature classes are regularly offered here throughout the summertime, and almost all of these are free of charge. While most events are off-limits to canines, check the local park schedules as there are occasionally "dog-centric" activities as well. 

A small dog park exists on the grounds, with a few amenities available for use free of charge. While only one acre in size, this diverse little park offers a small wading pool, and "always on" water fountains at ground level. This area is specifically for smaller dogs.

There are over 14 miles of hiking trails available to enjoy, all of which are cataloged online through the Texas Parks' Interactive Trail Map. Free to use, this map will show which trails are safe for your canine to accompany you on.

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Address
194 Park Road 28
Mexia, TX 76667
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM