Mother Neff State Park

A Legacy for Texans

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Along a scenic stretch of the Leon River southwest of Waco lies Mother Neff State Park, one of Texas’ earliest state parks. Isabella Neff donated the original six acres for the park in 1921. Since then, many have discovered what Mother Neff knew:  This is a very special place.

Things to do at Mother Neff State Park

Grand parent teaching grandson to fish at camp site


The camping loop has 20 full hookup sites (water, sewer, and 50/30-amp electricity), level cement pads, and a large gathering area with a fire pit and picnic table.

Hiking at Mother Neff State Park


Explore nearly 3.5 miles of trails for beginners and experienced trekkers. Trails wind around the Wash Pond, CCC Rock Tower, and to a cave used by the Tonkawa Indian tribe in the 1800s.

Volunteering at Mother Neff State Park


Mother Neff welcomes volunteers to help with a variety of projects year-round.

Texas Ranger programs at Mother Neff State Park

Ranger Programs

Kids 12 and under can become Junior Rangers or look into the CCC. The CCC built many of the facilities at Mother Neff State Park, including park roads, the concession building, and the lookout/water tower.