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Outdoor Adventure Group of East Texas
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Endorsed by Curators:
Apr 14 7:00AM - 9:00PM

What we'll do
Fort Parker State Park includes 758.8 land acres plus a 700-acre lake between Mexia and Groesbeck, in Limestone County created in 1935 on land donated by the city of Mexia and three local landowners. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed all the recreational facilities in the late 1930s and built a dam across the Navasota River in 1939, creating Fort Parker Lake. The park was named for Fort Parker, a nearby historic settlement established in 1833 and the site of the well-known Comanche Indian raid in May 1836 during which Cynthia Ann Parker was captured. During captivity, Cynthia Ann became the mother of the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. The old fort was reconstructed by the CCC as a 1936 centennial project.
The parklands encompass the historic town of Springfield. Springfield was established in 1838 which is now a ghost town. Only the cemetery remains, the last resting place of many East Texas pioneers, including an American Revolutionary War veteran and two veterans of the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas Revolution.

There are five hiking trails and eight points of interest. The park is located along the Navasota River where the grasses of the Blackland Prairie mingle with the woodlands of the Post Oak Savannah. Wildlife frequently seen in the park includes bluebirds, ducks, herons, migratory waterfowl, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels and bobcats. Popular fish include crappie, bass, catfish, and trout in season.

The trail map is under photos as a pdf file.

What to bring


Important to know
Two campsites have been reserved that include water and electricity.

Upcoming Events

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Monthly Meeting

May 10 6:30PM - 7:30PM
We meet the 2nd Thursday of every month (except July and December) at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Nature Center located at 11942 FM 848 (Bascom Road). The meetings start at 6:30 and usually involve…
 
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Fun Day/Outdoor Cooking Lessons at Tyler State Park

Fun Day/Outdoor Cooking Lessons at Tyler State Park

Jun 30 12:30PM - 7:00PM
What we'll doThis is a day for hiking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, games, relaxing and learning how to cook outdoors with a dutch oven and other methods as added along the way. What to…