The Best State Parks in Texas in Tyler County

The Best State Parks in Texas in Tyler County
Tyler County, Texas, is about 50 miles from the Gulf coast, in the piney woods area of east Texas, near Louisiana. The Angelina National Forest and the Sabine National Forest are both in the county, but spread to a much larger area.

There are three state parks within the county, and more not far away. The parks offer fishing, wildlife, trails and camping. There are rivers in the area, and canoeing is a favorite activity. Most also have special programs and activities available to the public.

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

The Martin Dies Jr., State Park is a 700-acre recreational area in Tyler and Jasper Counties on the Steinhagen Reservoir. The reservoir has 15,000 acres and is a Corp of Engineers project.

Fishing is a major activity, as well as camping. The park haws canoes, bicycles, volleyballs and horseshoes for rent. There are programs during the summer including outdoor educational opportunities. Canoe trips go down the Angelina or Neches rivers--both in the park--during the summer months. Canoeing can be done anytime individually.

The park has two small cabins. Both cabins have heat and air conditioning, a screened porch with bunk beds and a kitchen. Four screen shelters can also be used as cabins.

Campsites come in a variety of forms--campsite with full hookups, water only, electricity only or sites with no hookups. There is a group meeting hall, restrooms with hot showers, playgrounds, lighted fishing piers, playground, boat ramps, several miles of multiuse trails.

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
634 Private Road 5025
Jasper Texas 75951
409/384-5231
tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/martin_dies_jr/

Angelina Neches WMA

The Angelina-Neches wildlife area is at the fork of the Angelina and Neches rivers, near the dam that makes up the Steinhagen Reservoir. This area is in Tyler and Jasper Counties and is more oriented as a nature preserve than a recreational area. The land around the reservoir has hardwood bottomland, thick vegetation and river flood plains. Visitors can hunt, fish, camp, bike-ride, hike, view wildlife and photograph scenery and native wildlife in an extraordinary ecosystem.

The reservoir was initially intended to provide irrigation water, but is now more of a flood control area. Primitive camping is available. There are marked areas, but you may camp anywhere you like. There are no services or hookups. You must also bring your own water.

Angelina-Neches/Dam B WMA
1342 S. Wheeler
Jasper, Texas 75951
409-579-9883
tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=27

Village Creek State Park

Village Creek State Park is a heavily forested area opened in 1994. The park gets its name from the stream that flows for 69 miles until it runs into the Neches River. Village Creek is very popular as a canoeing stream with its lush vegetation and smooth water. Rainfall is abundant, and there are often floods.
Park officials produce educational programs, tours, hikes and boat trips throughout the year.

Campsites have water, electricity, fire rinks, lantern posts, picnic tables and a dump station. There are also primitive tent sites, which have centrally located water. The campgrounds have public-use buildings, pavilions, bathhouses and restrooms.
There are two cabins with electricity, water, small kitchen and beds.

The park has eight miles of walking trails. Canoe rentals, as well as shuttle service, are provided by outfitters near the entrance to the park.

Village Creek State Park
PO Box 8565
Lumberton Texas 77657
409-755-7322
tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/village_creek/

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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