Mother Neff State Park was the very first State Park in Texas donated by Isabella Neff in her will upon her death in 1921. She donated six acres to the State of Texas for a park. Located a short distance from Fort Hood, it offers hiking & camping. Swimming and fishing are not allowed in the river.
This is a short and easy trail to hike with beautiful and shaded scenery (except for the prairie loop which is not shaded). The trails are crowded during the spring, summer, and fall weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
Also, as of the time of this post (May 2017) half of the park is closed due to flooding and development. However, the 20 full hookup campsites, as well as about 3 miles of trail, is open.
Your GPS will probably take you to the old visitor center which will show that the park is closed. Stay on Hwy 236 and continue past that entrance to the new entrance further on down the road.
Mother Neff State Park offers about 4 miles of trails, however, Lost Creek Trail is currently closed due to flooding. The trails will take you through the prairie and canyon area. While in the canyon area make sure to visit the cave and rock tower.
Within the Prairie Loop Trail, there are a couple of picnic tables which are easily accessed from the parking lot trailhead. It’s a great spot to stop and have lunch. Also, beware of snakes (there is a huge sign posted at the trailhead next to the picnic tables).
**We have yet to camp here, but when we do, I will update this section with pictures and more details
The park offers 20 full hookup sites (water, sewer, and 50/30-amp electricity), cement pads, fire pit and picnic table. There is also 15 tent sites near the Leon River (which is currently closed due to flooding). Additionally, they have one group cabin available as well.
Getting There & Information
Mother Neff is located in Moody just north of Fort Hood off of Texas Hwy 236.
– Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times
– Park closes at 10 p.m. and gates are locked.
– There is a $2/per person entrance fee.