Fort Parker State Park
Things to Do
Fort Parker offers camping, picnicking, swimming in an unsupervised swimming area, fishing, bird watching, hiking, biking, canoeing, nature study and baseball/softball.
Overnight options at the park include campsites, screened shelters, and groups sites. There is a group facility with nine buildings, including a dining hall, game hall, and four barracks; it sleeps up to ninety-six people.
If you plan to swim at the park, read through our swimming safety tips before you come.
Canoes are rented daily during the season and upon request in the off-season.
The park offers a variety of educational opportunities; check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.
Get more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped develop this park and numerous others over 70 years ago, by visiting our CCC page that includes the interactive online exhibits and education resource, “The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks During the Great Depression” and “A New Deal for Texas Parks.”
Nearby points of interest include Old Fort Parker, a replica of a fort erected in 1833 by Elder John Parker and other settlers from Illinois for protection from Indians; Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site; and Fairfield Lake State Park.