Description - 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.
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The Stone Water Tower
The park is open 7 days a week year-round from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The busy Seasons are spring, early summer, and fall.
- The Mother Neff State Park offers visitors a selection of outdoor recreational activities.
Facilities include campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water nearby; primitive campsites; a group primitive area; picnic sites; a group (wooden) picnic pavilions and a group (rock) picnic pavilion that are often used for reunions, church group gatherings, and weddings; a heated and air-conditioned recreation hall with kitchen facilities; restrooms with and without showers; a playground; and an outdoor sports area.
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.
Camping and entrance fees vary. For reservations, call 512/389-8900. Current weather conditions, including fire bans and water levels, can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.
Recreation - The main activities are camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing from the river bank, and wildlife observation. The park provides a junior ranger program that allows children from ages 4-12 to earn a special badge & certificate. For interested hikers a tree guide is available at the park headquarters which provides a self guided tour along the lost trail.
Climate - Mother Neff State Park s located at an elevation of 783 feet. Temperatures within the park range from a July average high of 97 degrees and a January average low of 36 degrees. Spring and fall are the park's wettest seasons, The first/last freeze are normally November 24/March 16. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.
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.)