Meridian State Park

Meridian, Texas

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This 503-acre park, with the 70-acre Lake Meridian and ashe juniper–dominated uplands, lies near the northern edge of the range of the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler; 13 pairs were recorded here in 1997. The park, acquired in the 1930s, also has the distinction of being one of the oldest in the state; the earthen dam, roads, and trail were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. There are 5 miles of walking and 5 miles of bicycling trails around the lake. Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, and Rufouscrowned Sparrow are present year-round. Chuck-will’s-widow, Blackchinned Hummingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur in summer. Fox and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
Birding Texas

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Birding Texas

by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)

This 503-acre park, with the 70-acre Lake Meridian and ashe juniper–dominated uplands, lies near the northern edge of the range of the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler; 13 pairs were recorded here in 1997. The park, acquired in the 1930s, also has the distinction of being one of the oldest in the state; the earthen dam, roads, and trail were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. There are 5 miles of walking and 5 miles of bicycling trails around the lake.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, and Rufouscrowned Sparrow are present year-round. Chuck-will’s-widow, Blackchinned Hummingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur in summer. Fox and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

©  Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Meridian
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Mid-March to early July for Golden-cheeked Warbler
Local Contacts: Meridian State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Meridian State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

10/25/2009
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This is one of the dirtiest and poorly maintained TX parks I have stayed at. Poorly maintained trails peeter out in the woods with no signage, showers look like they haven't been cleaned for YEARS (black mold growing on shower curtains - where there were shower curtains), lots of trash at campsites and in lake, noisy teenage parties in the rental cabins, no sign of park rangers except a park policeman who appears to be concerned with the small things and not the BIG things he really should be concerned with. NEVER going back.



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May 2018