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Mother Neff State Park, Moody

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Mother Neff State Park is a 259-acre (105 ha) state park located on the Leon River west of Moody, Texas in Coryell County. The park is part of Mother Neff State Park and F.A.S. 21-B(1) Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 2, 1992.

The park's initial 6 acres (2.4 ha) were donated by Mrs. Isabella Eleanor Neff, mother of Governor Pat Morris Neff in 1916. Upon her death in 1921, Governor Neff created the Mother Neff Memorial Park, making it the first state park in Texas. The additional land was deeded to the state in 1934 by private owners; Governor Neff deeded 250 acres (100 ha) and Mr Frank Smith deeded 3 acres (1.2 ha). The park was opened to the public in 1937.

Company 817 of the Civilian Conservation Corps built the park from 1934 to 1938. The Company quarried stone and cut wood to build the structures that are still in use in the park today.

Most of Mother Neff Park sits in the flood plain of the Leon River and flooding shut the park down in 1992 and again in 2007.

Texas F.A.S. [federally assisted secondary road] 21-B(1) (County Road 314 locally known as Old River Road or Oglesby Neff Park Road) is a 6-mile (9.7 km) length of road built in 1939. The Texas State Highway Department constructed the road using allocated federal funds. The road follows the Leon River for much of its length from the west entrance of the park to Farm to Market Road 107.
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  • We enjoyed hiking the trails, but found them to be poorly marked. The trail map was not much help. One highlight of our hike was seeing a coral snake cross the trail ahead of us. Beautiful critter... 
    We enjoyed hiking the trails, but found them to be poorly marked. The trail map was not much help. One highlight of our hike was seeing a coral snake cross the trail ahead of us. Beautiful critter...  more »
  • This is the oldest state park in Texas and one of the smallest. There are two easy trails and four moderate trails to hike. Points of interest: the cave, CCC picnic table, and CCC water tower. 
    This is the oldest state park in Texas and one of the smallest. There are two easy trails and four moderate trails to hike. Points of interest: the cave, CCC picnic table, and CCC water tower.  more »
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  • It was super clean and well groomed. The entire staff we encountered, especially the volunteers, were super friendly. We asked a tree be trimmed so we could open our main awning and they executed immediately. Quiet. We look forward to the next opening that we can book.
  • What a fun piece of Texas history. Small but well maintained and appointed State Park with plenty of walking trails, camper amenities and points of interest. A good happy compromise between "civilized" and "primitive" - you'll definitely feel one with nature, but not so much that you'll feel you've abandoned the outside world. The trails are easy and most of them are well shaded. Limited restrooms but the ones they do have are clean and nice. Easy to find. Definitely worth the stop and (cheap!) price.

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