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Everything You Love About Texas

At Texas State Parks, we've got something for just about everyone here in beautiful East Texas. From incredible sunsets to tall pine forests, gulf coast breezes, lots of wildlife and fantastic fishing, you'll find some of the most diverse and scenic views—and fun times—anywhere in the Southwestern U.S.

And there's so much to do and enjoy. Whether you like to hike, camp, fish, swim, canoe or just relax with family and friends around a peaceful campfire, you can find it here. Some parks even offer things like horseback riding, or features such as cabins, and group facilities for people who love the outdoors, but still want some comforts of home.

Numerous state parks are located within proximity to Texas' major cities, making them ideal for a day trip. And still other parks are in more remote, scenic corners of the state, beckoning travelers to stay a while. In all, there are more than 90 state parks across Texas, with everything from high desert mountain mesas, and rugged canyon vistas, to legendary Hill Country rivers.
Maybe you want to experience some place new, or perhaps you just want to rediscover a traditional family favorite retreat. Either way, come find out all over again what makes this land so unique, and our state so grand. Visit a state park today. It’s everything you love about Texas.

For more information or for camping reservations, call (512) 389-8900 or visit Texas Parks and Wildlife Online.

Below is a list with links of the State Parks in East Texas.

Atlanta State Park: This park offers swimming in a designated sandy beach area (no lifeguard on duty) on Wright Patman Lake, a nature trail and a hiking trail of five miles, water skiing, boating (canoe rentals are available at the park), and fishing. Wright Patman Lake is also a popular fishing spot. The reservoir covers 20,300 acres and has an average depth of 7.6 feet. There are 170 miles of shoreline. On shore, the activities include walking, nature study, hiking, camping, picnicking, or jogging along roads, trails or shorelines. Bicycling is popular along the hilly park and area roads. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (903)796-6476 or visit Atlanta State Park .

Caddo Lake State Park: This lake was the only natural lake in Texas. Activities enjoyed in the park include camping, hiking, swimming, picnicking, nature study, fishing, and boating. There are canoe rentals the park, Jon boat with motor rentals (outside the park about 6 miles away), and pontoon boat tours daily except Wednesday. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (903)679-3351 or visit Caddo Lake State Park .

Cooper Lake State Park: Cooper Lake State Park, 3,026 acres, is situated in northeast Texas. The park consists of two units, Doctors Creek Unit, 715.5 acres, located in Delta County, and South Sulphur Unit, 2,310.5 acres, located in northern Hopkins County. Cooper Lake, 19,300 acres, is a young lake; embankment construction on the South Sulphur River began in 1986. Activities include Features include camping, fishing, water skiing, picnicking, boating, unsupervised swimming, bird watching, nature study, fun and educational nature programs and tours. The South Sulphur Unit offers equestrian camping and horseback riding trails. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (903)395-3100 for Doctors Creek or 903/945-5256 for South Sulphur or you may visit Cooper Lake State Park .

Daingerfield State Park: Daingerfield State Park, in Morris County southwest of Texarkana, is a 506.913-acre recreational area (including an 80-surface-acre lake). The park offers picnicking; camping; boating (5 MPH speed limit); fishing; swimming in an unsupervised swimming area; hiking; and nature study. A seasonal concession (March - October) rents pedal boats and canoes. Tours may be arranged by special request. Year-round boat rentals are available. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (903)679-3351 or visit Daingerfield State Park .

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park: Lake Bob Sandlin State Park is a 639.8-acre park located on the heavily-wooded shoreline on the north side of the 9400-acre Lake Bob Sandlin, located southeast of Mount Pleasant in Titus County. Activities include picnicking; hiking; swimming; mountain biking; in-line skating; and fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie. Eagles can be spotted during winter months. A variety of birds and wildlife can be viewed year round. Tours: Interpretive tours and nature walks are given on some weekends and by request. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (903)572-5531 or visit Lake Bob Sandlin State Park .

Lake Tawakoni State Park: Lake Tawakoni State Park is a 376.3-acre park in Hunt County in Wills Point, with 5.2 miles of shoreline along the south central shore of the main body of the reservoir. Activities include camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, mountain biking. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (903)560-7123 or visit Lake Tawakoni State Park .

Martin Creek Lake State Park: Martin Creek Lake State Park, which consists of 286.9 acres, is located in Rusk County, southeast of Longview in Tatum. Activities include excellent, year-round fishing; camping, wildlife observation and photography, picnicking, boating, water skiing, unsupervised lake swimming, backpacking, hiking and interpretive programs on Saturday (when staffing allows). An annual perch fishing contest is held for children ages 4 to 12 is held first Saturday in September. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (903)836-4336 or visit Martin Creek Lake State Park .

Mission Tejas State Park: Mission Tejas State Park is a 363.5-acre park in Houston County, 22 miles northeast of Crockett in Grapeland. Activities include camping; picnicking; hiking; and fishing. A pond located near the picnic area offers an excellent opportunity to explore aquatic life and fish. Hiking and nature trails provide access to the natural beauty of the east Texas Pineywoods. The dogwood are beautiful the last week or so of March, usually around the 25th. School tours of the two historic structures can be arranged by calling the park headquarters in advance. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (936)687-2394 or visit Mission Tejas State Park .

Purtis Creek State Park: Purtis Creek State Park is located in Eustace which is in Henderson and Van Zandt Counties and has a total acreage of 1582.4. Activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, and hiking. The park rents paddle boats, kayaks and canoes. Please check the Calendar of Events for Interpretive programs and tours. Special programs are given for groups upon request. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (903)425-2332 or visit Purtis Creek State Park .

Tyler State Park: Tyler State Park is 985.5 acres which includes a 64-acre lake. It is located in Smith County, north of Tyler. Activities include picnicking, camping, boating (motors allowed - 5 mph speed limit), boat rentals, fishing, birding, hiking, mountain biking, lake swimming (in unsupervised swimming area), and nature study. For additional information or for camping reservations, call (903) 597-5338 or visit Tyler State Park .

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