Caddo Mounds and Mission Tejas State Park
WEEPING MARY, TX (KBTX) – If you’re looking for a weeklong vacation or just a weekend getaway, KBTX and RV Station have you covered. All summer long we’ve been taking you and your family on a road trip across the state for new vacation ideas, and this week we’re in an area of ââEast Texas where visitors can relax and learn more about the history of our state.
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
The Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is located along Highway 21 in Cherokee County, approximately 160 km northeast of Bryan-College Station.
âWe are interpreting the ancestral history of the Caddo people,â said site manager Tony Souther. âThey were here from around 800 AD to around 1300 AD. They abandoned the site but stayed in the area.
Today, visitors from all over, including members of the Oklahoma Caddo Nation, come to learn, reflect and preserve the culture of the tribe. There is an interpretive garden, bird watching, and a walking path through the three mounds that the Caddo built on the land. There are also atlatl launching activities and volunteer opportunities.
âWe have a burial mound, temple mound and ceremonial mound at this site,â said Souther. âWe are also working on opening two additional hiking trails which are expected to add approximately one kilometer of hiking trails this year. We go around a pond, so there will be many possibilities to walk in nature and go out.
A museum here was destroyed by a deadly tornado two years ago. It is now being rebuilt. Until then, a temporary visitor center is now open with artifacts, exhibits and hands-on activities.
Currently, the grounds of the site are open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm The admission fee is $ 4 for adults, $ 3 for children and seniors, and military personnel are discounted.
Mission Tejas State Park
At the northern end of Davy Crockett National Forest, in the hills of eastern Texas Pineywood, you’ll find Mission Tejas State Park. The 660-acre state park located along Texas State Highway 21 in Houston County features rustic beauty and tranquility among tall trees.
With pine savannas, upland forests, and deciduous shallows, it’s an unspoiled window into the natural landscape of Texas’ past.
Fish for catfish, bass, perch and bream in San Pedro Creek and the CCC built pond near the picnic area.
Here you can hike, fish, camp, observe nature and explore history, including the moderate Nabedache loop, the remains of El Camino Real, built by the Spanish from the 1690s.
This park is a testament to the struggles and triumphs of humans in East Texas. You’ll see remnants of Spanish efforts to colonize and claim this area, a log house built by pioneers in the early 1800s, and the enduring work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Set up your camp under towering trees. Choose from 15 pitches with electricity and water and two pitches with water only. Toilets with showers are nearby.
There are plenty of activities planned throughout the summer, including a guided hike this Saturday at 9:30 am to explore how forests struggle to grow and regenerate over time.
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