Just south of Cleburne is the outstanding Cleburne State Park - a 528-acre park with screened shelters, tent sites, full hook-ups, a 116 acre spring fed lake, and bike and hiking trails. The park is very clean and well maintained. Some of the roads and facilities are a little dated and others, like some of the restrooms, have been redone and updated.
Texas Parks & Wildlife acquired the property in 1935 and the Civilian Conservation Corp moved in to build Cleburne State Park which opened in 1938. Because of the abundant wildlife, dense woods, and several clear water springs, the area surrounding Cleburne State Park was a favorite hunting ground for many Indian tribesmen and the area served as a trail from the northwest to raid the homesteads in the south.
Cleburne State Park seven distinct camping areas:
All of the sites have a paved driveway, picnic tables, campfire rings, and lantern holder - all of which is tucked under the trees. In addition to tent and full hookup sites, there are 6 screened shelters.
There is a group area with a heated and air conditioned dinning hall and kitchen that will seat approximately 60 people. The kitchen is furnished with a commercial size cook stove with griddle top, a refrigerator with a freezer, stainless steel sinks, cabinets, work tops and electric outlets - dishes, pots and pans and silverware are not furnished. The rear of the building has a patio with a large grill and picnic tables. Next to the dining hall, the Group Camp Facility has 2 barracks, that accommodate up to 44 people.
Some of the other amenities at Cleburne State Park include:
Cleburne State Park is home an interpretive trail and 8 different trails for hiking and mountain biking. The trails are over 5 miles of some beautiful scenery around the lake, through the woods and hills, and along the spillway. The trails will challenge mountain bikers of all skill levels with very diverse terrain, treacherous downhills, fast smooth flats, and everything in between.
The spring fed Cedar Lake is 116 acres and is great for swimming, fishing, kayaking, or picnicking.
Cleburne State Park is a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy camping, campfires (when there is no burn ban), good outdoor cooking, the lake, and bike trails.
For side trips, we enjoy exploring Glen Rose and all it has to offer, playing golf at Squaw Valley (36 great holes), playing in the river, attending a bluegrass festival, or enjoying some of the restaurants. Nearby Fossil Rim is fantastic and everyone from 4 to 90 will enjoy it. Cleburne has has a very good 18 hole links course - read our review of Cleburne Golf Links to learn more.
Glen Rose is 15 minutes or so away and has lots to see and do - here is our list of the Top Ten Things To Do In Glen Rose.
You might also consider spending some time camping, hiking, biking, or playing in the river at Dinosaur Valley State Park just south of Glen Rose.
Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose is a very upscale resort with hunting, unique lodging, excellent dining, and more.
Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on: