Cedar Ridge Park on Lake Belton Review & Rating
Cedar Ridge Park on Lake Belton Overview:
Cedar Ridge Park is a very nice park that sits on a small bluff in a protected cove on the east side of Lake Belton. The park has two campground areas with 68 with water and electric and 8 screened shelters.
The park is easy to get to, all the roads are paved and it's easy to maneuver the big rigs. None of the sites are directly on the water but its a short two minute downhill walk to the shoreline for swimming or fishing.
Access to the park as well as each of the camping areas is gated. The terrain is gently rolling and covered wtih mesquite trees and plenty of deer.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Cedar Ride Park on Lake Belton has two camping areas, plus a group camping area, and a section with screened shelters. The Southern most area has 40 sites with 20/30/50 service and water and electric. Some of the sites are a bluff overlooking the cove, others have a view of the lake, and some are under the trees.
The other camping area with sites 41 to 68 has a good mixture of sites along the bluff and great lake views and others are under the mesquite trees with partial lake views.
The vast majority of the sites are level and deep and wide enough for big rigs and double slides. All of the sites have a fire ring, covered picnic table (in perfect condition), and and extra paved pad for a spare car or boat. Restrooms and showers are in each area and are your typical Corp of Engineer facilities - clean but dated.
The eight screened shelters are along a small arm of the main cove and all are just a minute walk down a gentle hill to the water. The screened shelters also have water and electric.
There is a great group camping camp area with 9 sites, water and electric, pavilion with picnic tables, volleyball net, and a horseshoe pit.
Some of the other amenities at Cedar Ridge Park include:
- two lane boat ramp with adequate but ample parking
- swimming beach
- group picnic area with volleyball
- basketball court
- public marina
- dump station
- nature trail
The shoreline is rocky and not real conducive to swimming or boat parking. The grandkids love to try to catch some fish from the shoreline.
Pier 36 Marina is within the park boundaries and may have some overnight guest slips and does have boat gas and a small snack bar.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
We love to come to Cedar Ridge Park for pure camping - enjoying the view, cool weather in November, and a roaring fire with stories and s'mores. Short hikes with the kids along the shore line and skipping rocks or a longer hike through the trees on the nature trail is always fun.
During the summer, boating on Lake Belton is always enjoyable. There are a few home sitting majestically on the tall bluffs, scenic coves, and lots of small arms where you can find some good water for skiing, tubing, or boarding. Here is a link to a map of Belton Lake.
A walk down to Pier 36 Marina to check the funky houseboats is a good way to pass some free time.
Cool Nearby Activities:
Waco is about an hour north and Austin is an hour south of Cedar Ridge Park - and both are loaded with fun things to see and do. Temple and Belton are within 20 minutes from your campsite and both have some restaurants, shops, and more. Temple has a pretty good golf course.
- Overall Rating:
- Scenic Beauty:
- Things To Do:
Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more