Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

Located in the northern section of the Big Thicket area.

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, until 1965 known as the Dam B State Park, is a 705-acre recreational area in Jasper and Tyler Counties between Woodville and Jasper on B. A. Steinhagen Reservoir (15,000 acres). The land for the park was acquired under a 50-year lease from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 and was opened in 1965.

Activities

Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming, mountain biking and wildlife and bird watching. There are canoes, cycles, and a flat bottom boat for rent.

Tours

There are naturalist activities on weekends and outdoor educational facilities. For information on the schedule for these activities, contact the park. Group tours by reservation. Canoe trips down the Angelina or Neches River are taken on the third Saturday of each month. Call the park at least one week in advance to make reservations.

Facilities

Facilities include screened shelters; campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity (special rates are available); a group dining/meeting hall; restrooms with hot showers; trailer dump stations; playgrounds; lighted fishing piers; fish-cleaning facilities; boat ramps; 4 miles of multi-use trails for hiking and mountain biking; 2 miles of nature/interpretive trail; an amphitheater with 4′ x 6′ platform stage, a movie screen, and electricity; and a Texas State Park Store and Nature Center.

Flora/Fauna

Located at the edge of the Big Thicket National Preserve, the park is in the heavily-forested area known as the “East Texas Pineywoods.” The park has numerous creeks, known as sloughs, and cypress, willow, beech, magnolia and sweet bay are common. Each fall the golden hues of beeches are brilliant against the reds of blackgums and oaks, mixed among the evergreen pines. Hiking trails provide excellent opportunities to view wildlife, including woodland warblers, woodpeckers, bluebirds, herons, wood ducks, cranes, and alligators, as the park is adjacent to Angelina-Neches-Dam B Wildlife Management Area.

Directions

To reach the park from US Highway 69, travel 17 miles east from Woodville on US Highway 190; from US Highway 96, travel 12 miles west from Jasper on US Highway 190; or from Houston, take US Highway 59 north to Livingston, and then travel east on US Highway 190 for 65 miles to the park via Park Road 48.