Mission Tejas State Park

Mission Tejas State Park

Three hundred years of history await discovery by the modern traveler. Admire hand-forged iron and stone work at the building that commemorates the first Spanish mission in Texas.Rich in rustic wooded beauty, here you can walk in the footsteps of Davy Crockett on El Camino Real or tour a restored 19th century log home.

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 hook-ups 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.

Equipment Rentals

The park has twenty four fishing poles that visitors can use. They also have eight G.P.S. units to loan for geocaching activities.

Ranger Programs

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.”

Photo of an Explorer PackAsk about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site; Jim Hogg Historic Site; Texas State RailroadDavy Crockett National ForestFairfield 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).

120 State Park Rd. 44
Grapeland, TX 75844

Latitude: 31.548434

Longitude: -95.240357

(936) 687-2394

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
Reserve by fax

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $2 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round.
There is no gate.

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall

Maps & Publications
Climate

January average low is 35 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees. Average rainfall is 42.2 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

167 to 552 feet

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