Meridian Lake Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Meridian, TX that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from September until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Cleburne, TX: Take State Highway 174 , or State Highway 144 from Glen Rose or State Highway 6 from Waco. Join State Highway 22 and proceed to the park. Take State Highway 22 from Hillsboro or Hamilton. The park is located about 3 miles southwest of Meridian off State Highway 22.
The only bad thing I really have to say is that the trail is poorly marked. Other than that the hike was pretty good, it was challenging enough to get my heart beat up and the scenery was nice.
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.
Great little park for a day trip. Campgrounds are small, but trail around scenic lake is fun.
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.
Great small State Park. Trail loops around Lake. Good trail.