Situated on 264 acres of pristine state forest, Lockhart State Park has an incredible amount to offer considering its mid-level size. Originally inhabited by Native Americans, Lockhart State Park was home to a long and violent history of expansion prior to its being settled by native Texans.
The park came to fruition in 1935 when locals convinced Civilian Conservation Corps Company 3803 to build an official state park for the city of Lockhart. The stone vehicle and footbridges built all those years ago are still quite visible as you walk the grounds. A 9-hole golf course was installed here in 1938, which has grown to accommodate a full rental office, with carts and clubs available for a fee. Golfing season at Lockhart tends to be year round. For full details, please visit the Texas Parks website.
Swimming is another popular past time at Lockhart, with three different swimming holes to choose from. River tubing is also prevalent here, with rentals available at the park store. Visitors should note that there are a finite number of river slots on any given day, and summer slots fill up quickly. Other summer programs happen throughout the year and can be learned about online through the Texas Parks websites Community Board.
If you are looking to have a few evening out under the stars, there are 40 campsites available here for rental. Fire pits are available at every site, although park officials warn that the 10 PM curfew extends to fires as well. For full rental details, contact the Texas Parks office Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM.
This park isn't the most dog-friendly, but you can still bring your canine companion here to enjoy the paths. Make sure to bring a leash six feet or shorter, and bags to clean up after any business your dog might do. Dogs are prohibited inside of all buildings, as well as from the riverbed and campsies.