Texas
82
www.stateparks.com
'Walk on the Beach' © stateparks.com
upload your photos
USA Parks
USA Parks
Texas
Texas
Prairies & Lakes Region
Prairies & Lakes Region
Mother Neff State Park
Mother Neff State Park
MOTHER NEFF STATE PARK
MOTHER NEFF STATE PARK
1680 SH 236
Moody, Texas   76557

Phone: 254-853-2389
Reservations: 512-389-8900
Mother Neff State Park is the first official state park in Texas. It is named for Mrs. Isabella Eleanor (Mother) Neff who donated six acres of land along the Leon River in 1916 which became the first park site. Her son was Texas Governor Pat M. Neff, who served as Governor from 1921 to 1925. After the death of his mother in 1921, Governor Neff created the Mother Neff Memorial Park which later became the nucleus of the Texas State Park System. The park, located west of Moody, now contains 259 acres in Coryell County. The additional land was deeded to the state in 1934 by private owners; Governor Neff deeded 250 acres and Mr. Frank Smith deeded 3 acres. The park was opened to the public in 1937.

In the 1930's, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) restored the park to its historical setting. An excavation in 1935 unearthed three Indian graves and many artifacts. During prehistoric times this area was occupied by several groups of Indians, including some groups probably related to the Tonkawas. Heavily wooded, the park is ideal for camping, hiking, picnicking, and fishing.
Events
June 20
Chautauqua Time - Ranger Hike
Join a park ranger for a hike through the park.

Hike with a park ranger at 2 pm as we explore the wildlife, history, and unique features that make Mother Neff State Park a jewel in the heart of Texas.

The guided 1.3-mile hike will begin around the playground parking lot at the CCC Campgrounds.

Show up with comfortable walking shoes, plenty of water, and dress accordingly.

Pets are welcomed but must be on a six-foot leash.

Strollers and other wheeled devices are not recommended.

Contact:Jeremy D. Gann
(254) 853-2389, x225
jeremy.gann@tpwd.texas.gov

June 21
Chautauqua Time - Stories in Stone *Canceled until further notice*
Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and their impact at Mother Neff State Park.

Sit down with a park ranger to learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and the legacy they left at Mother Neff State Park. Meet at the Breezeway located in the river bottom entrance.

Contact:Jeremy D. Gann
(254) 853-2389, x225
jeremy.gann@tpwd.texas.gov

June 27
Chautauqua Time - Ranger Hike
Join a park ranger for a hike through the park.

Hike with a park ranger at 2 pm as we explore the wildlife, history, and unique features that make Mother Neff State Park a jewel in the heart of Texas.

The guided 1.3-mile hike will begin around the playground parking lot at the CCC Campgrounds.

Show up with comfortable walking shoes, plenty of water, and dress accordingly.

Pets are welcomed but must be on a six-foot leash.

Strollers and other wheeled devices are not recommended.

Contact:Jeremy D. Gann
(254) 853-2389, x225
jeremy.gann@tpwd.texas.gov

June 28
Chautauqua Time - Stories in Stone *Canceled until further notice*
Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and their impact at Mother Neff State Park.

Sit down with a park ranger to learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and the legacy they left at Mother Neff State Park. Meet at the Breezeway located in the river bottom entrance.

Contact:Jeremy D. Gann
(254) 853-2389, x225
jeremy.gann@tpwd.texas.gov

click here to see more events!


Get directions
to this park:

by Town and state
OR
by zip code

Nearby 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. Gatesville has the Coryell County Museum & Historical Center which houses the Mitchell Spur Collection (a collection of over 6,000 spurs) and the Coryell County Courthouse.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 7 Great Hiking
Park offers great day hiking, scenic views, natural preservation. Recommend it to friends, family and anyone interested in a great state park!


Weather Forecast, (76526)

Directions
To reach the park from Interstate 35, take exit 315 to State Highway 107 west to Moody; continue 6 miles west on FM 107, then take State Highway 236 for 2 miles to the park (16 miles from Interstate 35.)

USA Parks
USA Parks
Texas
Texas
Prairies & Lakes Region
Prairies & Lakes Region
Mother Neff State Park
Mother Neff State Park