The Clifton area has many recreational opportunities including public parks within the city limits and a number of state/regional parks within an hour drive.
Clifton maintains more than 200 acres of land in public parks. The parks feature tennis courts, swimming pool, and three kiddie areas with slides, swings and other recreational equipment. The largest, City Park, runs along the Bosque River and hosts picnic area, a gazebo, a softball field, an area for soccer, a kiddie play area, and walking/nature trails. The local Optimists Club is working with youth to fund a future skateboard park.
Clifton's City Park borders the Bosque River and extends north and south from FM 219. This park retains portions of the original native stone structure built in 1933-1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A historical marker featuring the Old Mill is located near the new dam.
Facilities: City Park features an open air gazebo and a large building originally built by the National Guard as an armory. The gazebo can be rented for parties and other special events from the City of Clifton. The park also features RV hookups which are rented from the American Legion (also located in the park).
Activities: Within the park is a children's playground, sand volleyball courts, basketball goals, picnic tables and river access for fishing.
Address: 1103 N. Key Street (FM 3220)
Activities: Olsen Park features a playground, a 1/3 mile walking trail, swimming pool, and kiddie pool. The pool is open regular hours in the summer, and several pool activities are offered including swimming lessons and water aerobics. The pool is run by the City of Clifton and may be rented in the evenings for private parties. The City Pool also offers a variety of classes including Water Aerobics and Senior Swim.
The swimming pool hours:
- Monday - Sunday (12:00 pm -5:00 pm)
- Monday & Wednesday (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
- Tuesday & Thursday (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
- Tuesday & Thursday (8:00 - 9:00 am)
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (11:00 - 12:00 am)
- Two (2) week sessions - total of four (4) sessions
- After hours (7:00 - 9:00 pm)
For more information, please call (254) 675-6648.
Dahl Park is located off 3rd Street, and is equipped with a playground, a basketball court, and several picnic tables.
Located 30 miles south on Hwy. 6. Website
Location: Airport Park is located on the North Shore of the lake 1/4 mile west of the dam. From Hwy. 6 take the Bosque Blvd. exit, head West to Valley Mills Dr., take a left and head to Airport Road. At the stop sign, take a right, go 2 miles, the park entrance will be on the left.
The park offers camping and is equipped with day use facilities and an overnight group camping shelter.
Reynolds Creek Park
Location: Formerly known as Speegleville I Park, Reynolds Creek Park is located on the west shore of the lake. From Hwy 6 south for about 25 miles to Speegleville Rd., exit right, about 1 mile down Speegleville Rd you will come to a 4 way stop, continue straight to entrance of park.
The park offers camping and Amphitheater Programs.
Location: Midway Park is located on the east shore of the South Bosque River. From IH 35 take Hwy 6 for about 5 miles, exit right at Midway Park exit, circle under bridge; park is 1/2 mile down service road.
The park offers camping and is equipped with day use facilities.
Location: The north shore. From Waco, take Texas 6 west. Turn right on FM 185 and right again on Yankie Road, just past China Spring High School. Look for park entrance just before road bends sharply to the left.
Information: Single-lane boat ramp, No fee required, Open all year.
Location: On the west lake shore. From Texas 6 south 25 miles, exit right on Speegleville Road, go 1 mile to stop sign and go right to park entrance.
Information: Two-lane boat ramp, No fee required, Open all year.
Location: On the west shore, South Bosque River. Take Texas 6 south 25 miles, take Speegleville 3 park exit to the right.
Information: Four-lane boat ramp and marina, Day-use and launch fees required, Open all year.
Location: Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Whitney is located on the main stem of the Brazos River in Central Texas. It is approximately 15 miles east of Clifton, 30 miles north of Waco and 70 miles southwest of the DFW metroplex. It sits on the border between Bosque and Hill counties.
Activities & Facilities: Lake Whitney boasts 15,760 acres of lake and has 250 miles of shoreline; which makes it perfect for camping and water activities of all kinds. Along the lake there are, 15 campgrounds, 15 access/day use areas, 13 boat ramps, 4 commercial (and 1 private) marines, and 143 private floating facilities. Visitors to the lake may choose to come and play for the day, or spend the weekend. There are numerous B&Bs, cabins and other lodging available on the lake.
Lake Whitney State Park
Approximately 15 miles east of Clifton. Website
Meridian State Park
Approximately 10 miles north of Clifton. Website
Zoos and Botanical gardens
Located a short drive from Clifton in nearby Woodway, the Carleen Bright Arboretum has six acres of quiet garden spaces. Various garden societies meet on a monthly basis at the Arboretum complex. The Arboretum calendar fills quickly with wedding, anniversary, and art exhibitions.
One trip to the Cameron Park Zoo won't be enough to satisfy the zoo or botanical enthusiast. Boasting four major expansions since opening in 1993, Cameron Park Zoo offers visitors up close and personal views of animals and plants from around the globe. The newest expansion, the Brazos River Country Exhibit, offers a glimpse of Texas wildlife and plants during the time of the Spanish expeditions. Cameron Park Zoo features a wide variety of summer programs for children.