Meridian State Recreation Area

By: Karen Yancy

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: April 8, 2020

Meridian State Recreation Area is on State Highway 22 forty-two miles northwest of Waco and four miles southwest of Meridian in Bosque County. This 503-acre recreation area is on the eastern edge of the Cross Timbers and Grand Prairies regions of north central Texas. After the recreation area was acquired by the state in the early 1930s, a rock and earthen dam was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps on Bee Creek to impound a seventy-acre lake called Lake Meridian. The park lies near the route of the Texan Santa Fe expedition of 1841 and the Chisholm Trail. The hilly terrain and limestone soils of the recreation area support cedar, a wide variety of oaks, prickly pear cactus, pale-leaf yucca, and mountain laurel. The predominant grasses are little bluestem, Indian grass, and buffalo grass. Local fauna includes raccoons, foxes, white-tailed deer, and numerous species of birds, including the rare golden-cheeked warbler. The recreation area provides picnic areas, a playground, and camping facilities. Recreational activities include hiking, nature trails, fishing, and swimming.

Meridian State Recreation Area (brochure, Austin: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1982).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Karen Yancy, “Meridian State Recreation Area,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 8, 2020