Mission Tejas State Park
Things to Do
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 dogwoods are beautiful the last week or so of March, usually around the 25th.
The 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. Also in the park is the restored Rice Family Log Home, built in 1828 and restored in 1974. The home is one of the oldest structures in the area. The home served as a stopover for immigrants, adventurers and local residents traveling the Old San Antonio Road across pioneer Texas.
The park offers a range of campsites, including full hookups for recreational vehicles. The park also has group facilities, and you can rent the Mission San Francisco de los Tejas representation for weddings and other activities.
The park has 24 fishing poles that visitors can use. They also have eight GPS. units to loan for geocaching activities.
Guided park tours are available upon request,. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours. School tours of the two historic structures can be arranged by calling the park headquarters in advance.
Get more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped develop this park and numerous others over 70 years ago, by visiting our CCC page that includes the interactive online exhibits and education resource, “The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks during the Great Depression” and “A New Deal for Texas Parks.”
- Interpretive Guide to Mission Tejas State Park
- Interpretive Guide to Rice Family Log Home
- Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!
Nearby attractions include Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site; Jim Hogg Historic Site; Texas State Railroad; Davy Crockett National Forest; Fairfield Lake State Park; Texas Forestry Museum, located in Lufkin; and Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area (a U.S. Forest Service park, 12 miles away, that has a nice swimming beach).