Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Weatherford: Clark Gardens Botanical Park

Summer Lake

Open daily year-round, each season offers nature's glorious displays of unsurpassed beauty. What began as a small private garden in 1972 is now a 35-acre scientific and educational facility that opened to the public in 2000. 


  • 567 Maddux Road
  • Weatherford, Texas
  • 76068


Hours & Fees

  • See website for times.

  • General Admission Fee

    $9.00 per adult
    $7.00 per senior (65 and over)
    $5.00 per child (4 to 12 years of age)
    Free admission for children 3 years of age and under


What began as a small private garden in 1972 is now a 35-acre scientific and educational facility that opened to the public in 2000. Over 50 different gardens of native Texas and Texas adaptable plants embrace waterfalls, lakes, ponds and winding pathways. Beauty abounds each season of the year! The West Garden area features a Historic Tree Trail These young trees are the genuine offspring of the original trees that witnessed the events and lives that shaped our nation. Booklets, with a map of the trails and a brief statement on each tree's history, are located at both ends of the main trail. Several different  G-Scale model garden trains, that replicate the historic rail system that ran through this area, meander through a section of the Park on 1,200 feet of track. Walk under seven foot high trestles that carry the trains through their miniature world of historic towns. Visit Clark Station, and see buildings made from natural plant materials such as grapevine tendrils, seedpods and pinecone scales! A large Plant Sales Area offers visitors the opportunity to take some of Clark Gardens' beatuy home. Numerous facilities, including the entire park, are available for weddings, receptions, corporate events and all types of functions.


Guided Walking Tours - 2 hours
Explore the garden on foot and experience the serenity surrounding the lakes, pathways, and bridges throughout this garden escape. The guided tour, led by a trained docent or staff member, will lead your group along winding trails as they share their favorite hidden places. Maximum of 15 per group.

Lakeside Picnic
Discover the beauty and tranquility while you picnic lakeside in a reserved, covered pavilion. This is the perfect option for a group of 10 or more. Groups tour the garden at their leisure and gather back at the pavilion to enjoy one of our very popular lunch options.

Cart Tours - 1.5 hours
Experience the tranquility of the garden while riding through fragrant, blossom-filled pathways in a staff or docent-driven golf cart.

NEW! Directors Guided Tour and Lunch Package - 2.5 hours
Learn the inside scoop behind the scenes at Clark Gardens! Book a guided tour led by our Executive Director, Carol Clark Montgomery, the youngest of the Clark daughters. She will take you on a guided walk of discovery highlighting botanical treasures and regaling you with tales of yesteryear. Afterwards, relax under a covered pavilion and enjoy lunch while looking out over the lake.

Special Assistance Tour - 2 Hours
This 2 hour tour with lunch is specially designed for our less-mobile visitor groups of 10 or more. It includes transportation to and from the parking lot, lunch in a reserved pavilion, and a modified cart tour.

Schedule your group tour - call Beverly at 940-682-4856.