For those who love the water…be it for kayaking, fishing, or swimming – Lake Brownwood State Park is a great stop for families looking for fun.
Lake Brownwood State Park is located 16 miles from Brownwood. To get there just take State Highway 279 to Park Road 15, and then travel east on Park Road 15 for six miles.
This park is an especially great spot for large families who want to gather for celebrations or reunions since the park has several large group areas that can accommodate up to 100 people.
The views across the lake are quite lovely and scenic. The day we were in the park there was a storm approaching and a nice cool breeze was blowing across the water as we were exploring the grounds.
As with many others, Lake Brownwood State Park has some beautiful structures that were built by the CCC in the 1930’s (You can read more about the history of CCC projects HERE). I found this stone fireplace near some of the campsites to be quite pretty. This would be a PERFECT spot to make s’mores on a chilly night.
This park is rather unique in that there are some wooded areas…but closer to the lake it is quite sandy and the foliage is low so there’s always a great view across the water.
The park lies in an area of mixed habitats. The plants and animals of this area are a combination of species from the Edwards Plateau and Grand Prairie to the south and east, the Western Cross Timbers to the north, and the Rolling Plains to the west. Typical vegetation for the Edwards Plateau is grassland with live oak on level to gently rolling terrain, but slopes and stream bottoms are generally wooded or brushy. The Western Cross Timbers usually supports woodlands of dwarfed post oak and blackjack oak. The Rolling Plains supports grasslands with shrubby vegetation growing on the rougher sites; woody plants usually grow along river bottoms. These three vegetation regions of Texas overlap around Lake Brownwood, making the park an excellent place to study the area’s natural diversity.*
Jackson’s favorite part about our day at Lake Brownwood was watching the boats go across the water. Hopefully we will get a chance to head back there sometime soon.
Lake Brownwood State Park is busiest on weekends, especially during the Summer months, so if you plan to camp be sure to make your reservations well in advance.
Day admission to the park is $4 for anyone 13 or older. Kids are 12 and under are FREE.
For more information on Lake Brownwood State Park visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lake-brownwood
You can also make park reservations by calling (512) 389-8900.
9 parks down, 84 to go!
Disclosure: I covered all admission and travel expenses to visit this state park. This post is not sponsored in any way.
*Information sourced from the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.