Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
East Texas Grandeur
About an hour and a half southeast of Nacogdoches, Martin Dies, Jr. State Park consists of some 700 acres of forested land near the edge of the Big Thicket and on the banks of a 10,000-acre reservoir. The shores of the reservoir are lined with regal pine trees, and there are a multitude of opportunities to either camp or to rent cabins nearby. Besides the surrounding forests, there isn’t too much around this area of Texas in the way of development, which also makes it a prime spot for stargazing. Build a campfire or take your boat out on to the reservoir for an evening ride, then look up: on a clear night, you’ll be able to see the Milky Way.
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