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Lake Whitney State Park
Lake Whitney State Park
LAKE WHITNEY STATE PARK
LAKE WHITNEY STATE PARK
The 1280.7-acre Lake Whitney State Park was acquired in 1954 by a Department of the Army lease and opened in May 1965; the state has control until 2003. The park is along the east shore of Lake Whitney west of Hillsboro in Hill County, and after the changing of the lake level, totals 955 acres.

The park is located on Lake Whitney near ruins of Towash, an early Texas settlement inundated by Lake Whitney. Towash Village was named for the chief of Hainai Indians, who moved into the area in 1835.
Nature of the Area
The park is located in the Grand Prairie subregion of the Black land Prairie natural region. It has open disturbed tallgrass prairie remnants with scattered groves of live oak and a small area of post oak/blackjack oak woodland. In the spring, bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, and over 40 species of wildflowers cover the roadside and landscape. Common animals include white-tailed deer, raccoons, and squirrels with fox, coyote, and bobcat occasionally being spotted. 194 species of birds have been spotted, including wild turkeys and bald eagles.
Events
July 18
NIGHT SKY PROGRAM
THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT.....IN CENTRAL TEXAS!!

Join Lake Whitney State park for its monthly two-hour NIGHT SKY program! Participants will have an opportunity to spend the evening exploring the night sky by telescope(s) provided by Lake Whitney State Park. A powerful green laser will be used by a retired National Park Service astronomer to point out stars, nebulas, and galaxies. Young as well as old will find the evening filled with interesting and fun facts about our universe.

Attendees are encouraged to bring water, snack items and chairs or blankets. Be sure to bring binoculars or your own telescope! Assistance will be available for new telescope owners.

Contact:Luke Stucker
(254) 694-3793
luke.stucker@tpwd.texas.gov

August 22
NIGHT SKY PROGRAM
THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT.....IN CENTRAL TEXAS!!

Join Lake Whitney State park for its monthly two-hour NIGHT SKY program! Participants will have an opportunity to spend the evening exploring the night sky by telescope(s) provided by Lake Whitney State Park. A powerful green laser will be used by a retired National Park Service astronomer to point out stars, nebulas, and galaxies. Young as well as old will find the evening filled with interesting and fun facts about our universe.

Attendees are encouraged to bring water, snack items and chairs or blankets. Be sure to bring binoculars or your own telescope! Assistance will be available for new telescope owners.

Contact:Luke Stucker
(254) 694-3793
luke.stucker@tpwd.texas.gov

September 19
NIGHT SKY PROGRAM
THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT.....IN CENTRAL TEXAS!!

Join Lake Whitney State park for its monthly two-hour NIGHT SKY program! Participants will have an opportunity to spend the evening exploring the night sky by telescope(s) provided by Lake Whitney State Park. A powerful green laser will be used by a retired National Park Service astronomer to point out stars, nebulas, and galaxies. Young as well as old will find the evening filled with interesting and fun facts about our universe.

Attendees are encouraged to bring water, snack items and chairs or blankets. Be sure to bring binoculars or your own telescope! Assistance will be available for new telescope owners.

Contact:Luke Stucker
(254) 694-3793
luke.stucker@tpwd.texas.gov

October 10
NIGHT SKY PROGRAM
THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT.....IN CENTRAL TEXAS!!

Join Lake Whitney State park for its monthly two-hour NIGHT SKY program! Participants will have an opportunity to spend the evening exploring the night sky by telescope(s) provided by Lake Whitney State Park. A powerful green laser will be used by a retired National Park Service astronomer to point out stars, nebulas, and galaxies. Young as well as old will find the evening filled with interesting and fun facts about our universe.

Attendees are encouraged to bring water, snack items and chairs or blankets. Be sure to bring binoculars or your own telescope! Assistance will be available for new telescope owners.

Contact:Luke Stucker
(254) 694-3793
luke.stucker@tpwd.texas.gov

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Nearby points of interest include Cleburne State Park, Meridian State Park, Dinosaur Valley State Park, and Mother Neff State Park; The Confederate Museum; Texas Ranger Hall of Fame; and Fossil Rim Exotic Wildlife Ranch.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 11 Deer Haven! by Genern
Took my nephews and daughter there to camp for Spring break. It was awesome. The lake is beautiful, and the campsites were nice and clean. Saw so many deer we lost count! Going back this year for some more fun!!
May 13 Great park by Route 66
We took the kids from church there last year, and they had a blast. It is a beautiful and well-maintained park. We are going back next week.
March 6 Spring Weekend getaway from DFW by Ol Grand Dad
Great place to stay when you want to pull the travel trailer out and go for the weekend. Drive from DFW was great only 1.5 hours. Left at 5PM, Took the grandkids, hotdogs, and marshmellows and was camping by 7PM.
September 7 Horrible State Park one of the worst!! by reldoc0
My family and I got together and rented out 3 shelters, we had a big family with lots of children, the lady at the desk was excellent, but the Rangers were horrible, they kept harassing our family in front of our children, searched cars for no reasonable suspicion or probable cause, we had no alcohol no drugs or anything in that nature, when asked why this is happening quoted "this is my park and I can do anything I want!" our family went there to have a good time on labor day rented all these shelters and was treated in this manner. Will never ever go to this park again, we came there to relax not be harassed. Will file a formal complaint behind this.
November 9 Lovely park by TexasRed
wonderful campsites, gorgeous views, plenty of wildlife. We saw many deer, some large bucks, and large flock of turkeys (17).
June 6 Tranquil by Christy
Tranquil is the best description I can think of. It is very relaxing. We love to park our camper right next to the lake and listen to the water hit the rocks. You can walk a few steps down to the water to swim, and it is rarely crowded. We see deer every morning and evening on our bike rides around the park, and have seen ALOT of wild turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, few foxes and alot of different birds. Love to go into Hillsboro and hit the outlet shops. Very nice to go into Whitney to browse through the shops in town. This is usually our first pick of places to camp, and we have camped here so often, it feels like home now. This is very much a family park.
March 9 I love the view
The view is awesome from the Sunset loop area. I always try to get this site whenever I can, even if I may have to stay at one site and later move to this site.
January 30 One of my favorite parks by Joyce
It is a beautiful park. We have seen Deer, Foxes, Possums, Raccoons, and Squirrels. We love to go in the winter, fall and spring.


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Directions
To reach the park from Interstate 35, take the Hillsboro exit. In Hillsboro take State Highway 22 west to Whitney; then follow the signs to Lake Whitney State Park. The park is located 3 miles west of Whitney on FM 1244 on the shore of Lake Whitney.

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Lake Whitney State Park
Lake Whitney State Park