Mother Neff State Park

August 27, 2013 - Construction has begun on the new headquarters and camping loop. The mile long hiking trail around the prairie is currently closed; all other trails, almost 4-miles total, and the playground are open.

Mother Neff State Park

This park was named for Isabella Neff, whose son, Governor Pat Neff, is credited with creating the Texas state parks system.A view of Wash Pond. Mother Neff State Park is not only a jewel among Texas parks, but also the inspiration for the state parks program.

Things to Do

Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing from the riverbank, and wildlife observation. For interested hikers, a tree guide is available at the park headquarters that provides a self-guided tour along the lost trail.

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities; check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

The park provides a junior ranger program that allows children from ages 4-12 to earn a special badge and certificate.

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."

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Fort Fisher Municipal Park in Waco; American Railroad Museum and Scott and White Hospital in Temple; Lake Belton; and the Grove Country Life Museum. The City of Gatesville is approximately 11 miles from the park. In Gatesville, attractions include the Coryell County Museum and Historical Center, which houses the Mitchell Spur Collection (a collection of over 6,000 spurs), and the Coryell County Courthouse.

1680 S.H. 236
Moody, TX 76557-3317

Latitude: 31.324698

Longitude: -97.469686

(254) 853-2389

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
Reserve by fax

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $2 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours
Busy Season

Spring, early summer and fall

Climate

January average low is 36 degrees. July average high is 97 degrees. Wettest seasons are spring and fall. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs mid-March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

Ranges from 610 feet along the bottomlands to 790 feet on the uplands.

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