Praries & Lakes
Fort Boggy Texas State Park
Fort Boggy State Park Information:
In early 1840, the Johyn Byrns and Christopher Staley families from Tennessee established a settlement along Boggy Creek. They were soon joined by the Erwin families and other settlers. At this time, the Keechi Indians lived in a village located approximately 3 miles from present day Centerville, and the Kickapoo Indians lived along the Trinity River near today’s Kickapoo Shoals. Both tribes were prone to raiding the local settlements for livestock. After Staley was killed in an Indian raid shortly after he arrived in the area, the locals built Fort Boggy in the Erwin Family settlement. Captain Thomas Greer and his men were assigned to the fort. Within a year of their arrival, Greer was killed in an Indian raid. Within a few years the need for the fort decreased. The fort fell into disrepair as area settlement shifted to nearby Leona. Today all that remains of the fort is a wooden shack and its Centennial marker. The parkland was donated to TPWD by Eileen Crain Sullivan in 1985. A beautiful open air group picnic pavilion was built out of iron ore rock and hand-hewn pine to resemble the structures built in Texas parks in the 1930s. Habitat at this 1,847 acre park consists mostly of wooded rolling hills, bottom land meadows, wetland, and Savannah grasslands made up of bluestem Indian grass, purpletop, switchgrass and stands of the endangered Centerville Brazos mint plant. Fishing is available in the 15 acre lake. Wildlife includes raccoons, white-tailed deer, squirrels, foxes, and beavers. A park entrance fee applies.For more park information, watch the Park Video.This park is located 4 miles south of Centerville on the west side of SH 75.  Fort Boggy State Park Facilities Map
Fort Boggy State Park Directions:  
The park is located 4 miles south of Centerville on the west side of SH 75.