Lockhart State Park
|Lockhart State Park|
The Lockhart State Park Combination Building. The building was designed by Olin Smith and constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps Company 3803 circa 1936.
|Location||Caldwell County, Texas|
|Area||263.7 acres (107 ha)|
|Governing body||Texas Parks and Wildlife Department|
Lockhart State Park is a state park located at the southwestern edge of Lockhart, Texas, United States and is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The park was constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 3803 between 1935 and 1938. The park opened in 1948.
The park consists of 263.7 acres (106.7 ha) of land that was purchased by the State of Texas from Henry Masur on December 14, 1934. The CCC began work on the park in 1935. The men of Company 3803 built the residence, the combination building, Park Road 10, a stone arch bridge, a swimming pool, a concrete water storage tank, dams, trail head steps, culverts, foot bridges, a well, picnic tables, outdoor fireplaces, and a nine-hole golf course.
The park was leased to a local country club until 1948 and then opened to the public as a state park.
Clear Fork Creek runs through the park. The CCC dams on the creek provide areas for fishing. The park includes several designated hiking trails. Other activities include picnicking, camping, and golfing.
White-tailed deer are found in the park, as well as coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, nutria, rabbits and fox squirrels. Wild turkey and other varieties of birds can be found. Fish species in Clear Fork Creek include bass, catfish and sunfish. Hikers need to be wary of rattlesnakes and coral snakes.
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