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Cameron Park, Waco

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4.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Cameron Park is a 416acre urban park located in Waco, Texas. The park was dedicated on May 27, 1910, and named in memory of Waco philanthropist and lumber baron William Cameron. The park also contains Waco's 52acre zoo, the Cameron Park Zoo.HistoryIn the early 20th century, as Waco continued to develop as the urban heart of McLennan County and the progressive movement was rising throughout America, Waco citizens began to clamor for more parks and green spaces to be preserved for public use. Many wanted to make Proctor Springs, a popular gathering site near the Brazos River that had become subject to commercialization around the turn of the century, the site of a new city park. Before the city could act, the land was purchased for $25,000 by a businessman, W.C. Lawson. Despite this apparent setback, the hopes of Wacoans to preserve Proctor Springs were not lost; on May 24, 1910, Flora B. Cameron, wife of the late William Cameron, announced that she was donating all 125acre of the land to the city of Waco. Mrs. Cameron revealed that she had purchased the land with Lawson as a liaison with the intention of donating it as a park in memory of her late husband. The gift came attached with a $5,000 gift for park development, as well as stipulations to preserve the name and funding for the park, and to prohibit commercial enterprise within its borders. The park was officially dedicated on May 27, 1910, with a large ceremony attended by nearly 15,000 people. Baylor University President Samuel Palmer Brooks served as the master of ceremonies for the dedication.
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  • I went here with a group for an outdoor picnic and the park has many positive sides. The park itself is not far from downtown Waco or campus, so the drive is very do able. The picnic tables were clean...  read more »
  • most of the driving roads are far from the cliffs so you have to get out and hike for the best views. but those views are great. 
  • Been to this park several times and each time we discover something new! It's quite extensive running alongside and above the south side of the Brazos river. There are lots of different parking areas,...  read more »
  • Incredible place to relax, play ultimate frisbee, take your dog for a walk, or just hammock and read for a few hours. I've been here many a time, and I have many great memories here with friends and family. I wouldn't recommend hanging out in the park after dark, but it's a great place to go during the day. Especially great for group events, although I would recommend an early arrival on holidays, as it can sometimes generate quite a crowd.
  • Nice size park along the river. You really can a full day here. Great place to do some site seeing. A good place to take the family for a picnic or just a walk to enjoy the scenery.
  • Beautiful riverfront Park with lots of paved and unpaved trails, good for everything from a casual stroll to mountain biking. There's some stunning views of the Bosque and Brazos rivers, and trails are well marked. Plenty of picnic areas spread throughout.
  • Beautiful trail system in the middle of Waco. There's plenty of climbing if that's your thing as well as some fun greens and blues if not. The facilities found everywhere in Cameron Park are outstanding and clean. Trails are well marked and easy to navigate.
  • I have loved this park for over 35 years. As a child my parents would bring us here to hike and play. Its a park that is for anyone that loves the great outdoors!!!! From beautifully manicured landscapes to ruggedly rustic hiking and biking trails.
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