Cleburne State Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 8.5

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Cleburne State Park Overview:

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.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Cleburne State Park seven distinct camping areas:

  • Popular Point has 15 water, sewer, and electric sites, all of which are back-in and in a dense wooded area.  Most of the sites are relatively short and some will require blocks or jacks to get level.  A restroom and shower is close by. This is the best place to camp if you want to be close to the lake - nine sites are on the water.  Bigger rigs will find it challenging to get into the sites.  
  • Keyhole has 8 tent sites in a pretty loop under the trees.  The sites have electricity and  restrooms and a shower are across the street.
  • Shady Springs has 7 well shaded tent sites 
  • North Creek has 12 back-in full hook-up sites and is close to the amphitheater
  • Cedar Grove has 16 tent sites with water and electric - sites 9 to 12 are close to the lake
  • Group youth primitive camping area with no facilities

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:

  • boat ramp plus some boat slips 
  • dump station
  • amphitheater
  • picnic area
  • designated swimming area
  • scenic overlook with a great view of the lake
  • fishing bank
  • playground and baseball field
  • park store (closed for renovations when we visited in November 2011)

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.

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

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.

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Cool Nearby Activities:

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.

Campground Information

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: Full hook-up sites 46, 48, and 49 or tent sites 10, 11, and 12 and screened shelter 1

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

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