Tent Camping Near Longview, Texas

Tent Camping Near Longview, Texas
Longview is more than a typical east Texas piney woods small town. A diverse number of trees that include oak, maple and cedar announce springtime, shade the long hot summer days, and in autumn their foliage lights the rolling hills of Longview's countryside afire. In less than an hour's drive from Longview, you can be camping next to a lake, mountain biking on a shaded forest trail, or fishing for perch from a jon boat.

Martin Creek Lake State Park

The 286-acre Martin Creek Lake State Park is 26 miles south of Longview. There are 60 campsites with electrical and water hook-ups that can be used for tent camping. The facilities in the main campsite include restrooms with showers, fire rings and picnic tables. There are an additional 12 primitive hike-in campsites located on an island on Martin Creek Lake, accessible by a footbridge or boat. There is a 1.5-mile nature trail and a 7.5-mile single-track mountain bike trail, both covered by trees and beautiful during the foliage color changes in the fall. The relatively small, 5,000-acre lake is the draw for many visitors who enjoy swimming, boating and year-round fishing that includes an annual children's perch fishing contest in September.



Martin Creek Lake State Park

9515 County Road 2181D

Tatum, TX 75691

903-836-4336

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Brushy Creek Campground

Brushy Creek Campground sits on the southeastern shore of Lake O' the Pines, 35 miles north of Longview. The campground offers 40 sites designated for tent camping, 12 that have electrical service. Amenities include bathrooms, showers and a playground. The lake and surrounding land is primarily used for recreation with activities that include camping, hiking, boating, swimming and fishing. The lake also has many hidden bays that make it a popular area for bird watching enthusiasts.



Brushy Creek Campground

2669 FM 726

Jefferson, TX 75657

903-777-3491

Tyler State Park

Located 37 miles west of Longview, Tyler State Park has 77 campsites with water and electrical hook-ups and 37 additional tent campsites with water only available. A group tent camping area has water and electric service with 30 campsites and a group pavilion. The facilities include bathrooms with showers, dining hall with kitchen, boat ramp and dock, and a park store. The park rents pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, jon boats and mountain bikes. There are more than 15 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, including a 3/4-mile interpretive nature trail. Swimming, boating and fishing are popular activities on this small 64-acre lake.



Tyler State Park

789 Park Road 16

Tyler, TX 75706

903-597-5338

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Article Written By Eric Duncan

Eric Duncan is a military veteran and a professional in the safety, travel and aviation industries. Duncan has been writing since 2002 for magazines, newspapers, local business literature and on such websites as Singletraks.com. He has earned his Bachelor of Science in professional aeronautics and his Master of Business Administration.

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