Visiting Florida's state parks and beyond in our Roadtrek. This is how we saw it all. Hopefully, the posts will give you some useful information. Questions and comments are welcome.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Night at Texas' Martin Dies, Jr, State Park

Spent a night here on our way to visit friends. This is a nice, huge (10,687 acres) park just west of Jasper, Texas. I don't think any site is not full shade. A well forested area on the B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir, there are three areas, Hen House Ridge Unit and Walnut Ridge Unit, which are overnight rv and tent areas and Cherokee Unit, a day use only area.  I don't know if all Texas State Parks are set up as this one, but this one has some really unique amenities for day or longer visitors. There are over 200 campsites to choose from with a variety of different options, including RV sites, tenting sites, mini-cabins, screened shelters, waterfront, 50 amp or 30 amp, pull through or back-in.  One would have to spend a week here to see most of the park.  Especially if you are hiking all the trails and kayaking the water trails.

We stayed in Hen House Ridge Unit. Our site, #7, was huge and on Gum Slough. All 35 RV sites in two loops are pull through, paved and fairly level. 50/30/20 amp and water.  The price in Texas State Parks in inexpensive. This site is $16/night. The only short fall we saw at this park is the bath house. Too small for the number of sites in the loop and much dated. But, we have our own bath house.

The utilities are right at the pull through, but the site is open and goes to the slough. The picnic table pad, grill, firepit and lantern hook are about 50 feet toward the slough. The slough is another 50 feet away. A lot of space to enjoy.


Fishing the slough.

There are several miles of paved roads in the park for biking.

  And, several miles of easy hiking ranging from .8 miles (Sandy Creek Trail) to 2.2 miles (Slough Trail) . Most of the trails have benches along the way, Slough Trail has bridges as it is through the swamp. All are easily navigable.

There are an abundance of these shelters. They have 20 amp electric inside and potable water outside. Plenty of room separates each shelter making for a great family area. This is not necessarily a day area. One can overnight in these shelters. These are altenatives to tenting or RVing. There is one small cabin each in Hen House and Walnut Ridge.

Gum Slough
A boat dock and ramp not far from our site on the slough. Fishing is allowed from the dock, shore or boat. Swimming is allowed during daylight, but watch for alligators.

The slough on the other side of the bridge. Nice area.

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