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Make Texas State Park Reservations Early

Planning to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the Texas State Parks in the Lufkin area? Book your trip now and make sure the space you want to enjoy is available when you're ready to visit.

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park is on the northern edge of the Big Thicket, at the forks of the Angelina and Neches rivers. This extraordinary ecosystem with extreme biodiversity covers nearly 730 acres and three state park units: the Cherokee Unit in Tyler County and the Henhouse Ridge and Walnut Ridge Units in Jasper County. The park offers ampsites adjacent to the 10,687-acre B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir or one of several sloughs that meander through the park. The northern half of the lake and surrounding lands near the forks of the two rivers make up the Angelina-Neches/Dam B Wildlife Management Area (WMA), where visitors enjoy primitive camping sites, hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, viewing and photographing wildlife.

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park offers more than 200 camp sites, including mini-cabins, screened shelters, waterfront, 50 amp and 30 amp. Recreational opportunities and activities include hiking, fishing, boating, paddling, stargazing, swimming, wildlife viewing and birding and nature study. The park rents canoes, kayaks and single-speed cruiser bicycles. The Nature Center also offers hands-on activities for children and adults.

Mission Tejas State Park was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a commemorative representation of Mission San Francisco de los Tejas, the first Spanish mission in the province of Texas, which was established in 1690. Situated near the northern end of the Davy Crockett National Forest in the hills of the East Texas Pineywoods, the park offers an atmosphere of rustic beauty and tranquility set among tall pine trees.

Mission Tejas State Park offers 17 campsites, including full hookups for recreational vehicles. The park also has a primitive camp area for groups of up to 32 people, and you can rent the Mission San Francisco de los Tejas representation for weddings and other activities. Guided park tours are available upon request. The park has eight GPS units for geocaching activities and 24 fishing poles to loan to visitors.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department offers convenient online reservations, so you plan ahead and secure the perfect location.

New customers will need to create a username and password.

  • Once you’ve logged in, search parks by Facility Type, Region, and Activity. Then, choose a park destination from the Selected Parks Menu and select your trip dates.
  • A list of campsite names and their availability will appear at the bottom of the page. If a particular campsite option is unavailable, click on the Calendar Search icon to see a full listing of available dates throughout the year.
  • After you select a park, input your Equipment/Lodging Type and the Number of People Per Site to further narrow your search.
  • On the next screen, you can choose the number of sites to reserve. If you need to reserve more than 5 sites, reserve the additional sites with a new search.
  • For problems logging in and making reservations, contact TPWD Customer Service at 512.389.8900.

Whether you’re roughing it under the stars or relaxing in a cozy cabin, you'll enjoy the incredible beauty of the piney woods. Plus, Martin Dies, Jr. State Park and Mission Tejas State Park are just a short drive from downtown Lufkin, where shopping, dining, museums and events are waiting to add some extra excitement to your vacation. Plan ahead and reserve your Texas State Park home-away-from-home today.

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