A few months back my husband and I made a small $70 investment into a Texas State Park Pass and we have sorely underused it. There are over 90 state run parks in Texas and so many of them have a great history tied in with the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps or the CCC. One of my first goals is to visit the 29 parks within that system that had parts built by the CCC.
One of those parks is Mission Tejas State Park in Grapeland out in East Texas. This park bumps boarders with the Davy Crockett National Forest and is the site of the first Spanish mission in what was then the province of Texas. This first mission was called the Mission San Francisco De Los Tejas. This site was only in use for about 40 years before Spain withdrew their military support and the mission actually moved to San Antonio.
In the 70’s the state restored the Rice Family Log Home that was originally built in 1828 and moved the home to Mission Tejas State Park. This house was on a trade route that extended all the way to Mexico City and was often a stop over for immigrants and other travelers. We took some nice pictures of the house and poked around the park a bit but we didn’t get a chance to do the full hiking trail. It had been a long day already and in case you weren’t aware, it gets hot by late afternoon in Texas this time of year!
I’m not sure this is a park worth going out of the way for but if you’re out in East Texas it’s worth the stop!