Henderson, TEXAS
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Options Galore!

This is my favorite state park in Texas! Lots of options for all kinds of campers. For camping, lots of different sites available for RVs/Campers, Tents, etc. some along the lake, some in the woods, and also cabins and shelters available! Hiking options vary from a nature stroll, to some more serious up-downs through the hills on the outskirts of the campground. Bring your friends, family, and pets, there is truly something for everyone here, even kayak and canoe rentals at the lake!

Peaceful, shady, beautiful lake

We have been to Tyler State Park many years. The spring time with the wildflowers and blooming dogwoods is wonderful. The lake is wonderful there are kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals. Campsites are shaded by towering pines.

First to Review
Excellent park

Stayed here three times and each time was excellent . They had activities for the kids. The campgrounds were clean and the sites were pull thru so easy to park and enjoy. I will be coming back to stay

Not a campsite

This is the parking lot for a shut down Ryan’s Steakhouse. This is NOT a campsite by any means. Look elsewhere.

quiet and very primitive

There's not much to this campground, although it is very beautiful with enormous loblolly pines. This is a primitive campsite. There's no water, no electricity, not bathrooms, etc. Just an area you can use to set up tents or hammocks. We met a nice older fella who said he comes there every day and builds a fire at dusk, stays for a little bit, then leaves.

We bikes from the Ratcliff Recreational Area and we had to cache water.


A few miles from can start to smell the pine trees!

Nice lake for kayaking but the lake is small.

Great trees and scenery. A few nice hiking/ bike trails.

Nice place to stay, especially if you like trains!

We stayed here during a spring break. Road bikes and took the steam train. Cooked over a fire. Had fun.

Great trails!

Sites are good but trails for biking and hiking are great!!

Family Fun Camping

This park is very clean and maintained. All the people that work there are so nice and helpful. Full hookups, pull though the pond (66 ac)is no wake great for learning to kayak, water board, canoeing and paddle boats. A lot of walking and hiking trails.


This is a beautifully maintained and family oriented themed RV park. Loads of activities for kiddos and very relaxing for adults. Sites are back ins and have beautiful scenery in every window of your RV. The park has tiny houses along the pond to rent and are spacious. Water park is above and beyond! Fireworks for the 4th were beautiful over the pond! Highly recommend this park !!

The water is beautiful, never crowded, camping is eh

Tere is a natural fed spring that is clear and beautiful. There's BBQ pit area and picnic tables. Cell Signal is almost non-existent. Sandy but still a lot of fun for the family.

There's RV camping and I believe tent camping also. We normally make a day trip as Its only a couple hours from home

Piney Forest
  • Hills in Texas …Nawh
  • Some good can work up a sweat, loop D is the most challenging
  • Dense shady forest
  • Fire wood can be purchased at the park or at the gas station right outside the park
  • Small lake with a couple of lit fishing piers
  • Awesome park store that rents paddle boats and canoes

Ever have the feeling you are being watched especially at night. At Tyler State Park you may well be. Take a walk at night on the park road and shine your flashlight into the trees. A glowing pairs of eyes will be staring back at you. It is the Raccoons living in the trees. There are smart and persistent, so don't leave any food coolers outside unless it has a lock. They helped themselves to 2 lbs of fajita beef and another 1 lb of chicken. Also be prepared to jump when opening the park trash dumpster.

We went with some friends who also pulled their pop-up camper. We picked Sites #14 and #15 because they were connected and the kids had a lot room between sites to play. We love the lit fishing piers, after the kids are in bed, can indulge in some "me" time with a nice cigar, a couple of beers and a folding chair.

One of our favorite parks

I should mention that my husband is from Canada. He was very unenthusiastic about camping in Texas. Well Tyler State Park made him change his mind! He LOVED the large trees, said it was the closest he'd felt to home in quite some time. We love the variety of types of sites they offer. Lake front, group, hike in, cabin, they have something for everyone! Only downfall is they book so quickly.

Nice state park

Clean bathrooms … good spacing between camps … beautiful

Quiet Seclusion and Untouched Nature

Campgrounds offer electric and water, you’ll want a fan in the summer. Heavy tree cover means little air movement, even right on the water. Little popularity from the locals means this place is quiet and serene. Wildlife can include alligators so watch your little ones! The Spanish Moss and dense tree cover makes you feel like you’re on the bayou!

Great, quiet

We would camp here again, not full hook ups but the staff was the best we have ever runn across. Very helpful in every aspect. Swim area, alot of trails. Quiet campground

Excellent something for everyone

They have sites for all campers,tents etc. Full hook-ups to water only. Paddle boats to rent. Swimming hole, several lighted fishing docks. boat ramps. You and your family will love this park

Screened Shelter - BEST EVER! and oddly, no mosquitoes !?

There are many options to camp at this state park. There’s RV sites, tent sites (both primitive and “cushy”), cabins, cottages and screened shelters. my past experience with screened shelters were always dusty, dank, spider-filled shacks that I would only store my cooler and belongings in (tightly sealed) but these at Martin Creek were IMMACULATE to say the least! They seem cob-webby from the outside but once inside, the concrete floor is smoother up the edges of the walls about 2.5’, reducing entry of insects via cracks in the joints of floor and wall. The park employees vacuum these areas, as observed when I passed others that had recently vacated. The rafters in these shelters were spaced out far enough for me to hang my hammock. 4 people slept inside without air mattresses or camp pads and slept wonderfully (flat surfaces are good for our spines sometimes) not a big in sight. There is an electrical outlet inside as well as a light, and there is an outlet outside as well. Small lock on inside, watr spigot and doIble lantern hook nearby as well as a wooden/metal picnic table (good condition). I slept in Shelter #6 and it was a few yards away from the water’s edge. Great views of a small lilly-pad laced bay and we caught 7 catfish using normal nightcrawlers as bait. Fried them up for lunch the next day and they tasted like heaven! But, everything tastes better when you’re camping. We had also set up 4 tents around the area (not disturbing local flora/fauna) and we slept to the deafening croaks of frogs. Only 1 raccoon came upon our camp area to a spot where someone had thrown a corn cob, otherwise, we take all the necessary steps to avoid crossing paths with those relentless nighttime furry bandits. Shelters 7-9 are also located in great areas of the lake nearby, there is the power plants across the lake and for some reason, we like to believe that it was the reason we had ZERO mosquitoes! Many house flies and the non-biting ants were everywhere but not to the point of insanity… they list this ant as an issue on their website I do believe. I’d take this shelter over a hotel stay ANY TIME!

Nice camping with small lake

This pretty park is beautifully treed with tall pines. The camp areas nearby the lake they are more open. Farther away, they have more trees. There are regular camp sites, shelters and cabins and great hiking trails of 1-5 miles or so, one built by the CCC. There is a small store where you can buy things you might have forgotten at home, plus they rent paddleboards, kayaks and peddle boats or you can bring your own. The swimming area is near the store, there are also a couple of docks to fish off of. The lake is small and no-wake.

Has the amenities

Campground is available for RVs, tents, and large groups. There are showers and toilets available. Water/electric/sewer hook ups are also available. The grounds have a fence that indicate it is a private area. It borders Lake Hawkins, has a boat dock, fishing pier, and an improved swimming area. Sites are somewhat private but the tent side is frequented by local groups such as scouts or churches. There is a walking path that is called a trail by the park, it is mostly an access service road that a golf cart can drive on. The are is popular for daytime use in the summer because of the improved swimming area. There is a day use fee, per person, and a camping fee. The grounds are county owned and operated. Dogs are welcome.

good family camping

great place to family camp

family camping

great place to family camp

good fishing and camping

good open camping and good fishing

First to Review
Terrific Find

We have camped here twice and plan another trip in July. Beautiful lake, well maintained park with spacious sites, lots of shade, and amazing sunsets. Close to Jefferson, with great shopping, museums, and restaurants. Can’t say enough good things about this jewel in the piney woods of east Texas


Well designed park, while the park has tons of sites they are placed in smaller loops, providing a more nature and less neighbor. Nice lake, the water is cleaner than most Texas lakes.

Fun in the woods

Stayed at a water only site. Scenery is beautiful. Staff is a bit uptight but it is a busy park. Firewood gathering is not allowed and the place that sells firewood charged $5 for 6 pieces. Had a great time though.

Great campgrounds

We stayed in mid November 2017. Weather started off a little warm on Friday, 81F. Again on Saturday with a high of 82F but a cold front came through and dropped the temperature over night to 37F. Large campsites on the the lake shore with many trees around. Our campsite had a spot to put in the lake with our kayaks. Restrooms were near by and very clean. Bring your own soap as the Star Parks do not provide any in restrooms.

Great hiking trails on the island. Other trails allow bikes.

Family fun

The lake was perfect and had a nice beach. We were able to rent kayaks and paddle boats. The hiking is not the greatest but it was easy enough for my toddler.