Lake Brownwood State Park, Brownwood Texas

Lake Brownwood State Park near the geographical center of Texas, opened in 1938, is a smaller (537.5 acres) park located on the shores of the large (7300 acre) Lake Brownwood.  With miles of shoreline to enjoy folks come here in the summer to swim, waterski, jets ski, boat and fish.  There are 2.5 miles of hiking trails and a .75 self guided nature trail.  This is the Texas Oak Trail loop with 16 numbered stops.  You may turn this into a slightly longer walk by continuing on to the fishing pier  We camped in the Council Bluff area with 19 full hookups and a partial view of the lake at $25 per night.  Water and electric sites range from $15-$20 per night with primitive sites at $12 per night.  We found the restrooms in our camping loop to be clean and well maintained.  Summer does attract crowds to the campgrounds nearest the swimming beaches so you may want to avoid these if you wish a more solitary camping experience.  16 cabins for 2-4 people are available at $65-$75 per night.  Lodges are offered for groups ranging from $95-$290 per night accommodating from  4-26 people  A barracks with dining hall is available for groups up to 32 people for $290 per night.  Shelters rent for $30 per night.  Be aware that poisonous snakes are native to this area including the rattlesnake and cottonmouth.  Poison ivy and poison oak also exist.  Avoid tall grasses and brushy areas and stay on the trails!  Native wildlife include the gray fox, raccoon, opossum, wild turkey and white-tailed deer.  325-784-5223

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