Mission Tejas State Park is a 363.5-acre park in Houston County, 22 miles northeast of Crockett. The park was built in 1934 by Co. 888 of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 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, which Joseph Redmund Rice, Sr. constructed between 1828 and 1838, 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.
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 offers a wide variety of educational opportunities, including pioneer skills demonstrations and astronomy. 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.
Mission Tejas State Park
Adults: $2, Children (Ages 12 and younger): Free