Hidden away in the wooded hills northwest of Waco lies Meridian State Park, a haven for nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts. The park's 72-acre lake offers fishing in addition to swimming, and no-wake boating. A hiking trail encircling Lake Meridian features limestone outcroppings with fossils, a scenic overlook and aquatic vegetation. Birdwatching is excellent and there is a good chance of seeing the rare Golden-cheeked Warbler.
I'm a fan of "diamond in the rough," spots and the kayaking this was one. I think it's great; mountain biking around the lake was difficult in certain areas, because I think it's for hiking only? Really had to use precision on loose rocks, but my 26 held up fantastic. I'm going back adapt.
Amber D. on Meridian Lake Loop Trail
I grew up in this park. It is a small town hideout for sure. Yeah, the rangers are a bit strict (do not cliff dive into the lake no matter how loud it calls to you :) But, overall it is a great experience. The lake is smaller, so unmotorized boats only. My advice, choose a site closest to the water, you will get the most privacy. When hiking search for the hidden sweet spots and bouldering areas (you'll know when you find them.) Also, beautiful photography and group area if that's your thing.
Recently came back from a camping trip at this park. Did it on a weekday trip to avoid the crowds. THis is a SMALL park. Only about 26 camping sites. Went for the sake of Spring wild flower photography. The trip there was great! However, I found some of the trails around the park uninteresting with the exception of a small water fall. There's plenty of shade on the hikes and they're well maintained. Park rangers were kinda...strict. Obey the rules if you camp. The lake was high so we didn't get to hike around the lake. This would be a nice hike as the lake is pretty small in comparison to others. Overall, it was a very peaceful and enjoyable hike, disappointed in wildlife and photographic moments. FIshing is supposed to be good...not a bite though.