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Camping at Cleburne State Park

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Location and Contact Information

Cleburne State Park is located in Johnson County, Texas, a convenient getaway approximately an hour's drive southwest of Fort Worth. The park encompasses a scenic area surrounding the clear blue waters of Cedar Lake.

  • Address: 5800 Park Road 21, Cleburne, TX 76033

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Operating Hours

  • The park is open daily.
  • Gate Hours: The gates are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Visitors with camping reservations can enter the park after hours.

Camping Facilities

Cleburne State Park offers a variety of camping options, including:

  • Screened Shelters: These provide basic shelter from the elements with screened walls.
  • Campsites with Electricity: Suitable for RVs and tents, these sites often include water hookups.
  • Primitive Campsites: For those seeking a more rugged experience, these sites are hike-in and do not have immediate access to water or electricity.

Amenities and Activities

  • Trails: More than 13 miles of trails suitable for mountain biking, hiking, and nature walks.
  • Fishing: The 116-acre Cedar Lake is a prime spot for fishing. Anglers can expect to catch bass, catfish, and crappie.
  • Boating: The park has a boat ramp; however, motors are limited to no more than 10 horsepower.
  • Swimming: A designated swimming area is available, but no lifeguard service is provided.
  • Picnicking: Picnic tables and grills are available throughout the park.


  • Reservations are recommended for all camping facilities and can be made:
    • Online: Through the Texas State Parks reservation system.
    • Phone: By calling the Texas State Parks Reservation Center.

Park Fees

Fee structures can vary based on:

  • Length of stay
  • Type of camping facility
  • Number of occupants
  • Day-use fees may also apply for those not camping

Rules and Regulations

  • Firewood Policy: To prevent the spread of invasive species, firewood restrictions may be in place.
  • Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on leashes no longer than six feet and supervised at all times.
  • Quiet Hours: To ensure a peaceful environment for all campers, quiet hours are enforced.
  • Vehicle Policy: Only licensed vehicles are allowed, and speed limits within the park are strictly enforced.
  • Wildlife: Feeding wildlife is prohibited to protect both animals and visitors.
  • Alcohol: Public consumption or display of alcohol is not allowed.


Cleburne State Park strives to accommodate all visitors by providing accessible facilities and programs. Visitors with special needs are encouraged to contact the park in advance to arrange accommodations.

Weather Considerations

  • Before visiting, it's wise to check the local weather for Cleburne, Texas.
  • Spring and fall typically offer the most comfortable camping weather.
  • Summers in Texas can be very hot, so campers should be well-prepared for high temperatures and sun exposure.
  • Winters are generally mild but can have cold fronts, so bringing layered clothing is advisable.

Local Attractions

  • Cleburne: The nearby city of Cleburne offers dining, shopping, and cultural attractions like the Layland Museum.
  • Dinosaur Valley State Park: Located about 30 minutes from Cleburne State Park, offers tracks left by dinosaurs along the Paluxy River.
  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: A drive-through safari experience located in Glen Rose, Texas.

Please note that this information is subject to change, and it's always a good idea to verify details before planning your trip, especially if you have specific requirements or are traveling during peak seasons or public holidays.

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