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Mother Neff State Park

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Mother Neff State Park

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1680 S.h. 236, Moody, TX
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Plattonian wrote a review Nov 2020
Fort Worth, Texas343 contributions15 helpful votes
This is the oldest state park in Texas and one of the smallest. There are two easy trails and four moderate trails to hike. Points of interest: the cave, CCC picnic table, and CCC water tower.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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M J wrote a review Nov 2020
Austin, Texas7,124 contributions729 helpful votes
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My husband and I spent two days in Mother Neff SP. They have a new campground near the new entrance to the park. If you drive up to the entrance during the day and see the gate locked then you are at the wrong (old) entrance. Five years old the Leon flooded very bad and caused severe damage to the lower section of the park. We could still see lots of huge logs in the Leon River. We loved hiking all of the trails. The trail signage was great and there were many benches on the trails. The Tower Trail (from the campground to the CCC tower), the Prairie Trail and Pond Trail are flat trails. The CCC tower was fun to climb and there was a nice view from the top. We saw two people attempting to ride bikes on the trails and they were suffering; walking the bikes most of the way. The Pond Trail and Prairie Trail do not have as many trees as the other trails. There are parking spots near Tonkawa Cave and Wash Pond so you do not need to hike the longer trails to see them but the ground is a little steep from the parking lots. The prairie pond and historic bell are an easy and short walk from the campground. The bird blind is near the CCC tower and a wildlife blind is near the pond on Pond Trail. We did not see many birds and no other wildlife at the blinds. A play ground is located near the campground. I saw about 10 picnic tables in various places though out the park. All of the campsites have full hookups. They spaced nicely and have good privacy. Six are pulled through and the others are back in. We stayed at campsite #9 that has a long pull through and was noisy because TX 236 is just a couple hundred feet from the campground. Avoid campsites near #9 due to the road noise. The road was fairly quiet during the night. The campsites were in awesome condition. They had new metal picnic tables, ground grills, big rectangular cut rocks for more seating, very clean, mowed well and nicely trimmed trees. The friendly camp hosts in site #1 stayed busy. They were cleaning often and made frequent trips through the campground. The park rangers were very nice and helpful. I recommend this park for a fun experience.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Rick B wrote a review Oct 2020
Round Rock, Texas927 contributions210 helpful votes
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This is a very nice but small state park. I came of course to hike but the fact that it was another CCC built park is always a plus. There aren't a lot of trails here about 3 to 4 miles tops... but they are all in great shape. The restrooms at the campground were very clean and modern and also had a couple of shower stalls for the campers one of which was handicap accessible. The campground was nice but again small but very improved. each site had a large cement pad for parking a trailer and a few were pull through. My only complaint here was that there wasn't a lot of shade in many of the sites. On the other hand the day use picnic area was entirely in the shade from what I could see and there was a large playground for the kiddos. There is a large water tower, built by the CCC with steps up to the top but the view wasn't really that impressive. This park is known for the Tonkawa Cave... a cave that was used for shelter in prehistoric and native American times. It is easy to get to.... none of the trails are hard but it is not handicap accessible. Some of the friendliest Texas State Parks employees that I have encountered.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Ken wrote a review Mar 2020
Loveland, Colorado803 contributions667 helpful votes
When I was a kid, we collected giant acorns at this park. Sadly, a flood apparently has since killed the old oak tree(s) that grew the huge acorns. We were unable to even visit the flood-damaged area. Still, this is a nice park that served as a convenient stop, twice, on a road trip through Texas.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Disneynurse wrote a review Dec 2019
Round Rock, Texas163 contributions42 helpful votes
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This was our second camping trip and it was wonderful. It is the cleanest state park we have been to - the sites are kept immaculate - we watched them clean after campers left. The pads are concrete and level - wonderful for campers - and full hookups! The hiking is great with well-kept trails. The bathrooms were clean and well maintained. It is a little further than some for us but well worth the trip 1
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Date of experience: November 2019
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