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Cameron Park, Waco

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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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  • Amazing park with lots of hiking and biking trails of all levels. Beautiful scenery and view of the rivers  more »
  • Take an afternoon to explore the trails of Cameron Park through its many woods, or along the water, or stop at the base level to let the kids play it the sprawling playground at this attraction adjace...  more »
  • Beautiful park/drive and beautiful views. So clean and pleasant. Enjoyed the tour. Take a tour with the service offered and get the scoop  more »
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  • A fantastic gem of a park, right outside downtown Waco, Cameron Park offers a variety of trails for hikers, runners, and even bikers of all ages. With predictably-warm Texas weather, Cameron Park makes for a nice afternoon venture through its leafy boughs and up & down its - at worst - moderate hills. I highly recommend Cameron Park for runners; the looping trails offer a great respite from the featureless Midwestern plains of central Texas. Make sure to try nearby Jacob’s Ladder, a delightfully steep staircase that goes about 100 meters up - a perfect place for repeats!
  • I love to hike and take photos in Cameron Park. It is particularly serene in the morning and there are many different types of birds singing flitting from tree to tree. It reminds me a bit of the green belt on Staten Island, NY (where believe it or not you really can't even tell you are in a densely populated area!). Well, if you need a break from the quick pace of life and urban sprawl in Waco, the trails in Cameron Park are a potent antidote. I usually enter the park from the MCC outdoor theater and boat dock along the river. Turn in at the baseball fields and drive back a bit. There is a parking lot on the left just before you go up the hill. From here you can enter the trail across the road that leads to the dock. Be careful, it can be easy to lose your way on the trails so bring a map or use Google Maps (alternatively you could use a hiking app that allows you to download detailed maps of parks and other geographic areas). Enjoy the park!
  • Love hiking in Cameron park, I like going with a friend because it's so big theirs places that you won't see no one for hrs. and at times weird people. Their are rangers on horses but I have only seen them by the lake,the park is huge and can easily get lost.
  • Really nice park that has lots of walking trails and views overlooking the majestic Brazos River. There is also a frisbee golf course and various children's playgrounds throughout the park. The bathrooms were dirty and had no soap or toilet paper.
  • It is quite a large park with lots of options for trails. However, the trails are barely marked at all (I think they almost all come back around so it'd probably be hard to get lost), and there was quite a bit of trash along the main walking/running trail down by the river. The view from on top of the rocks at the river was beautiful and their structures and focal points are nice. For someone who loves trails and hiking, none of the trails made me break a sweat.
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