This cold, blustery weather already has me thinking of warmer days, like the trip to Fort Parker State Park we took not long ago.  This rather unassuming little park has a lot to offer.  Ours was a short day trip, but we discovered there are plenty of things to do at the park.

A quick check-in at the park office before our a hike revealed there’s also plenty of swimming, fishing, canoeing to be done.  And when you’re finished, you can camp for the night at one of the many campsites available or stay in a screen shelter.

On our trip, we discovered these beautiful little falls located on the far side of Lake Springfield, a miniature lake along the Springfield Trail.  These falls are by no means big, but they were a beautiful serendipitous find none the less.

This park also has some significant Texas history to it.  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.  In the late 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corp constructed the recreational facilities and built the dam across the Navasota River.

If you are interested in history, the Old Fort Parker reconstructed by the CCC is nearby as well as Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, both of which host reenactments throughout the year.

Fairfield Lake State Park also provides another opportunity to have fun in the outside with a few other options for those that like to opt outside.

Fort Parker SP is located between Mexia and Groesbeck just off of Texas Highway 14 along the Navasota River.

As for the weather, just wait a few days, it’ll change its mind. Welcome to Texas!