Mission Tejas State Park

3.50 Miles
3stars (3.20)5
2point5stars (2.70)
4stars (4.00)
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Trailhead Marker
This is one of three trails that begin at the day use area. The 1 acre pond is in the background. (Photo by kcameron)
Bridge Over Spillway
This bridge crosses the spillway for the pond. It continues across the dam, and the trail circles the pond. (Photo by kcameron)
Trail Signs
Most trails are clearly marked, and distances are often included. (Photo by kcameron)
Big Pine Trail Bridge
This photo illustrates how hilly the area is along the creeks and ravines. This photo is of the Big Pine Trail Bridge, but was taken from another trail along San Pedro Creek. (Photo by kcameron)
Rice Log Home
This is the Rice Family log home. Originally built in 1828 a few miles away, the home served as a stopover on the Old San Antonio Road. It was restored in 1974. (Photo by kcameron)
Old Fire Tower
These are two of the four foundations for an old fire tower. This area on the trail is now called "Fire Tower Hill". (Photo by kcameron)
Bird Blind
This bird blind is located about halfway between Fire Tower Hill and the campground. There are several bird feeders on the other side of the blind. (Photo by kcameron)
Cemetery Hill Trail
This is probably the best trail in the park. The farther is gets from the trailhead, though, the less developed it becomes. (Photo by kcameron)
Mission Tejas
Mission Tejas, the first Spanish mission in the province of Texas, was established in 1690. This is a replica of the original mission. Unlike the adobe missions of the San Antonio and South Texas region, this mission was constructed of logs. (Photo by kcameron)
Entrance Sign
This sign marks the park entrance. (Photo by kcameron)
Long Bridge
Dry under bridge (Photo by mgbgun)
Good "UP" part
The easy "UP" part (Photo by mgbgun)

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very good
By beckyhusband on 11/28/2010
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

well maintained but some work still being done ..loved the scenery on the hike the valleys and hills the Mission was moving and the log house was interesting

Good solitude. Nice elevation changes.
By mgbgun on 1/29/2008
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Great scenery and company! (Cheri) It was a nice hike that included a good "down and up" section that provided a chance to try out our new hiking sticks. Some trails were not marked clearly but we found our way. The map handout does not match up well so keep a sharp eye for side trails you want to visit. Never did find the CCC bathtubs! Going back in the spring. Should be pretty.

PS.the pond is a great place for a blanket,wine,cheese and pumpernickle!

By unclemike on 12/8/2007
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 minutes
A nice outing in the woods in a historical area
By kcameron on 7/30/2005
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This is a lightly used park, perhaps due to its location away from population centers. Much of the trail is level, but there are some challenging grades around a couple of creek crossings. I did not hike all the trails, but the route I took circled a small pond, and passed by a restored log cabin, the foundation for an old fire tower, and a bird blind. The entire length of the trail is in the forest. We saw no other hikers and only a couple of sites at the campground were occupied.
By Melina Baker on 7/17/2005
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 1.80 Miles Duration: N/A
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