Return to Mother Neff State Park

Great place to get away from it all
User: Eveline - 8/8/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A

There were people camping there but they weren't out on the trails.  We had them to ourselves.  The South end was still flooded so we did loops in the North End. 

Beautiful new ranger's station!

easy trail
User: jimmy peace - 10/18/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 1point5stars
Distance: 2.20 Miles Duration: N/A

a nice easy going trail to take 

oldest state park in texas
User: jimmy peace - 12/28/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

this was our first visit, a nice little jewel in central texas

Ok for a quick hike
User: Branden - 8/22/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Overall it is a nice trail system well maintained and marked. The park like most in the area suffered damage from the flood a couple of years ago and still is not back to full capaicty. The buldings are cool as they are the old CCC built types and the water tower is awesome. Overall good for the kids.

Mother, oh sweet Mother
User: gabegober - 5/25/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 8 hours

First hike in a long time.  I like this park.  It has a variety of land.  Cave/bluff area is neat.  I would like to plan a backpacking trip here.

User: kissmefrog80 - 5/15/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours
User: chooki - 4/26/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Fun hike for kids!

Neat hike and easily accessible
User: Daniel N - 4/18/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

This is a great hike with pretty neat features close together. We went initially out to the Prairie trail and were very disappointed, It was featureless with limited views and the trail is a dirt road. We took a look at the map and went back to the parking area closest to the end of the road and found the Wash Pond . It had just rained and the small waterfall was running and set a beautiful scene. From there we made our way to the Rock Tower and had a picnic lunch at the foot of the tower. The Rock Tower is the highlight and the trail leading up to it is isolated and a makes a great trail. Also the cave is a neat feature but the trail there was pretty overgrown with poison ivy. We were all alone on the trails and I would have rated it a 5 but in places you can hear the highway traffic loudly.

User: Buddahbabym - 9/18/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour

This was a nice, relatively easy hike.  I didn't see the trailhead by the entrance, so hiked this backwards.  We went on a weekday and didn't see anyone else on the trails.  It was very enjoyable!

Mother Neff Hiking Trail
User: Miles - 2/25/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 1.65 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Went to the Neff Trails today to pick up some caches. ran into a lot of people on the trail today enjying the great weather.Visit our State Parks before they're all gone.Only YOU can save our State Parks by using them!
Great Beginner Trail.
User: gabegober - 2/19/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 4 minutes
The park map is not correct. This was my first thru hike. I have gone back since. I will never forget it.
User: seejanplay7 - 12/3/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Great hike. These are some of the best marked and maintained trails I've ever seen :) A beautiful park with interesting features. There is a stone table, tower, cave, and pools down wooded paths ... I felt like I was escaping into Narnia ;)
A hike to remember the years
User: Miles - 7/31/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This is one of my favorite places to hike. My Dad brought me here as a boy to camp, and I've brought my Son in return.The main trail is lined with local history. This State Park is also Texas First State Park, thus the oldest.
Surprising variety of terrain
User: Peter Maurer - 7/9/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
There is a surprising variety of terrain for such a small park. There are rock formations woods and prairie all in a small area. The entire park can be explored in an afternoon. The official park map has a few errors, for example, the Bluff Loop Trail is marked in the wrong place. It is actually the short loop that joins the two trails that fork away from the wash pond. The loop does not cross the stream bed as shown, but joins the main trail on the side opposite the wash pond. This is one of the prettiest stretches of trail in the park, so don't miss it. Also, the prairie trails are mowed through the grass and subject to change. The map was not too helpful with them.
Nice day hike, solitude is marginal
User: rmtjr - 5/24/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Nice day, May 24. Humid and overcast in the morning, but nice breeze from the south. Trails are well defined and marked at most junctions. Bluff Loop Trail was the most secluded and challenging, although the steps up to the road from the Wash Pond can leave you huffing and puffing. The field north of the primitive camping area was a riot of wild flowers! See''em soon before the summer sun does them in. A trail not marked on the map has been mowed between the northern viewing area (Lookout)and the Prairie Trailhead (Alt T.H.). Nits and picks: Mother Neff is convenient to the Waco-Temple area. The entire trail system can easily be hiked in a leisurly four hours, including a lunch break. The Wash Pond is a relaxing place to visit. A good starter hike. Construction and road noise were always present, even if in the distance. The primitive camping area is a stone''s throw from the highway. Rather than camp in the absolute primitive area, try the low stone wall area (ruins) on the trail going east southeast from the Prairie Trailhead. This spot is away from the road and gives you a solid surface to cook on. Some streams in the park had dried up, but the major ones could provide water if you wanted to filter it. Oh, the scenic spot marked for the Wash Pond is too far west. The Pond is right at the junction of the trail coming up from the Rock Tower and Cave, and the one going east to the Primitive Camp site. 03-08-05 added. The construction seems to be finished, but there is still noise from the road throughout the park.
Walk through a slice of Texas
User: Austin Explorer - 11/18/2002  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 4.16 Miles Duration: N/A
The long and narrow shape of the park lends itself to different terrain and vegetation. The trails here were better than I was expecting. Would have spent more time at the prairie lookout, but the winds were increadibly intense on this day.