Martin Dies Jr. State Park is an amazing landscape hidden away in East Texas near the Louisiana border. With hundreds of lakes and rivers in the area, there is plenty of green life growing around the park and we were able to visit just as fall began.
Admission: $4 daily for adults, $30 per night for screened shelter campsite
Address: 634 Park Road 48 South, Jasper, TX 75951
Home, Sweet Home
The shelters, at $30/night, were a little more expensive than what I’m used to at Texas State Parks. This is my first time camping without a tent, and you pay a bit of a premium for the luxury of electricity, running water, and shelter!
There are plenty of regular camping pads you can set up on for $14/night.
It dipped below 50 degrees overnight which was a little chilly for us. Highs during the day of 78-80 made for perfect weather on a perfect weekend.
Slough Trail (2.24 miles)
By 10:00am on Saturday morning we headed for the Slough Trail.
The trail was extremely well-maintained and had lots of shade. It also has sixteen wooden bridges over the rivers and streams.
Forest Trail (0.95 miles)
Sandy Creek Trail (0.78 miles)
Beauty Berry close up.
We dipped down into the Sandy Creek trail at the bottom section of the park and weren’t super-impressed with the scenery. The straight section of the path follows a power line and there aren’t any good views of the lake. I would strongly recommend skipping the Sandy Creek Trail!
Back For Lunch
We hopped back in the car and went back to our site to cook up a quick lunch. We knew that we needed to carb-load before hitting the lake to canoe.
After lunch we hung up the hammocks to enjoy the beautiful weather. Also, the state park had excellent cell & data coverage the whole trip, the only state park I’ve been to with fast internet everywhere! That’s a bonus for some but also what others are trying to escape…
Canoeing B. A. Steinhagen Lake
We rented the canoes for a 6-hour period for $30+tax. You can rent for two hours or six, which means you should probably reserve a canoe for six hours. They are available directly from the Park Headquarters.
We canoed for about two and a half hours and got a little lost. We paddled the Neches River Trail and tried to take the shorter route. By the time we paddled towards the end of the route, it was blocked by lily pads and algae. Definitely a bummer!
Campfires and Dinner
Island Trail (0.75 miles) & Wildlife Trail (1.41 miles)
The Island trail was the best trail in the park. It had great views of the lake, beautiful fall colors, and a well-maintained path. The Wildlife Trail, was our least favorite trail and definitely skippable.
The Wildlife Trail
Review & Recommendations
Wow, what a beautiful park.
We were continually impressed and awed by this natural beauty that is hidden in the East-Texas pinewoods. Granted that the park was busy during our visit, I am totally surprised that this park doesn’t have a larger presence on the scale of Pedernales or Enchanted Rock in Texas.
You must visit it if you live within a four hour drive.
Stick to the Island Trail, Big Slough Trail, and the Forest Trail. The other trails are okay but those three stand out above the rest.
Of the 130 pictures I took I was able to share 35 in this post. Please watch the video as well as subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos like it!
Grab your camping gear, any camping buddies, and hit the park. Especially during fall season if you can (in Texas: Mid-October to End-November).