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Mission Tejas State Park is a relatively small state park, only 660 acres, but it has a lot to offer visitors. The original mission was established in 1690 and was the first Spanish mission in Texas. Located in Grapeland, Texas, the park is only about two hours south of Dallas.
Mission Tejas State Park was opened in 1934 to commemorate the original mission, the Mission San Francisco de Los Tejas. The Rice Family Log Home, built in 1828, was restored in the 1970s and now welcomes visitors for tours. Book an RV in Houston County and enjoy camping at Mission Tejas State Park. While visiting the park, detour over to Crockett and check out some of the sites revolving around the infamous Davy Crockett.
While state park RV camping, you can enjoy a number of activities that help you relax and fall in love with nature. The park offers over ten miles of hiking trails that interconnect. Mission Tejas State Park Trail is a loop trail which meanders for just over a mile past picturesque wildflowers. Visitors are asked to remain on the trail and not traipse through the foliage. Trails vary in difficulty from easy to strenuous. All trails are carefully maintained and well-marked.
Another popular activity at Mission Tejas State Park is fishing. Be sure to pack your fishing gear in your rental RV before coming to the park. The park office does have fishing poles visitors can borrow, but nothing can beat casting a line from your favored or even lucky pole. If you're planning on fishing in the pond near the picnic area, stop by the park office and verify licensing requirements and catch limits. Perch and bream are abundant in the pond.
Take some time and participate in a virtual treasure hunt called geocaching. The park office offers eight GPS units for visitors to borrow when hunting for geocaches. Geocaching has become a very popular worldwide phenomenon where people hide small treasures within public places and then post clues on where to find them. On your Mission Tejas State Park camping adventure, you can search for more caches than you'd be able to hunt down in a simple day visit.
State park RV campgrounds are a great place to park your RV rental and enjoy spending time within nature and make wonderful memories along the way. Mission Tejas State Park offers 12 campsites that accommodate RVs and provide water and electric hookups. Each campsite has a grill and a picnic table. Showers and restrooms are within walking distance of most campsites.
If you're unable to reserve a campsite in Mission Tejas State Park, check out Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland, only minutes from the park. This RV park offers full hookups with 30 or 50-amp service. Pull-through and back-in campsites are available. Your pets are even welcome at this RV park as long as you clean up after them and keep them on their best behavior.
Learn more about the Crockett Family Resort is another option if you're searching for a place to camp near Mission Tejas State Park. This campground is under 30 minutes from Mission Tejas State Park and offers 30- or 50-amp service with water and sewer. Wi-Fi is available for campers, but you're asked not to stream or game while using this service.
While camping at Mission Tejas State Park, you should take the time to visit some of the other interesting sites in the area, such as the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in Alto. The Hasinai, a group of Caddo nation, built a massive village only 26 miles to the west of present-day Nacogdoches. This village was built over 1,200 years ago, and most of the Hasinai’s presence was wiped away through the years. Three earthen mounds still stand and give testament to this ancient civilization. Visitors can learn more about the Caddo nation and their way of life.
Plan a trip to the Texas State Railroad. You can board the train in Palestine and take a four-hour, 25-mile round trip through the Piney Woods. The train cars have been remodeled to mimic those from the early days of the steam engine. During the holidays, the Texas State Railroad offers the Polar Express where you can board the train and be immediately transported into the story. Guests will ride the train to the North Pole and participate in many different activities and adventures on the train and at the depot.
While visiting Mission Tejas State Park, plan to stop in and wander through the Davy Crockett National Forest in Kennard. This forest encompasses over 160,000 acres and was declared a national forest in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Stop in and enjoy the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area that surrounds a 45-acre lake. You can even enjoy camping at Davy Crockett National Forest or simply visit for the day.