Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming, mountain biking and wildlife and bird watching. There are canoes, bicycles, volleyballs, and horseshoes for rent.

hiking
14 days ago

The Island trail is the shortest and possibly heaviest used trail in Martin Dies Jr. State Park. It is a lovely short sampling of what the park has to offer, and can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. If you are short on time and want a quick, easy hike that takes in some nice views, go here. The trail is accessed from the Walnut Slough boat launch area on the north end of the park. From the parking area, cross the bridge spanning the cypress lined slough onto Walnut Island and take one of the trails to the left. I usually take the right hand side of the loop first, which leads to the quickest views of marshy Steinhagen Lake. There are usually lots of egrets, herons and other waterfowl to observe. The trail passes through dense forest with some impressive-sized magnolia, loblolly pine, overcup oak, red maple and beech trees. We found the fall colors here in late November to be gorgeous in places. On the east side of the loop, the trail peeks out into a bald cypress-lined slough, these were also in full fall color. The trail is easily combined with the Wildlife Trail across the larger bridge to the north into a longer hike.

The island trail is very scenic and the best trail in the park. There are multiple places to sit and enjoy a breeze off the lake.

1 month ago

Nice trail that is well kept. Make sure to bring bug spray

Nice Easy Loop, Trail, watch out for orb spiders, bring plenty of bug spray :-)

Beautiful. Very well maintained. Definitely going back!

hiking
10 months ago

I give this a high mark for cleanliness and just overall beauty. No challenge here, just a pretty walk and some great flora and fauna. The park in general is very peaceful and just an awesome place.

hiking
11 months ago

One of our favorite places to go that is close to home. Beautiful lake views. Nice wide trails. Kid friendly and dog on leash. Park is always clean and quiet when we go

Saturday, November 25, 2017

good place:)

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

The trail is very easy to follow.Make sure you were insect repellant.

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

The trail is very easy to follow. Wear good insect repellant.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Very impressed with my first TX state park. Easy trail with some cool bridges and waterfront trails most of the way.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Absolutely loved this park. We had a great family day here. The trails were large and along the water and were absolutely beautiful. On a negative note this time of year the banana spiders are EVERYWHERE!! THEY ARE CREEPY! but besides dodging them every 20 seconds, overall I can't wait to go back!!!!

hiking
Saturday, February 28, 2015

This place is awesome. Nice trails, great for kids. I liked the elevated piers the best.

hiking
Thursday, January 01, 2015

Great for a nature hike with kids. Lots of interesting things for them to see, and plenty of benches throughout for the occasional break along the way. Great park for camping as well. Our family will be back.

hiking
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Easy trail, this trail is good for families with small children as it is not very long but has a lot to see. Marshes, majestic trees, bugs, wild life, and a lake to sit by and catch a few minutes of relaxation. I was the only one on the trails so no crowds. I did hear road noise for a while from the highway, but as I moved further in, that became less noticeable.

hiking
Saturday, November 15, 2014

This is a great place for families, to picnic or to spend time hiking the trails. I hiked about a total of three miles, it was fairly easy, with some elevation for that extra cardio. Very majestic trees, marshes, and a lake gave it a lot of diversity. I veered off to several other trails to make my time there last longer as each trail is not very long. I was also greeted with mosquitos, so if you are camping, take along a repellant. The trails can be used for biking, you don't really need a mountain bike for this as the trails are hard packed.

mountain biking
Monday, October 13, 2014

Trails are nice, well kept. Nice views, loops were too short

hiking
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Took our kids and dog to camp and walked/hiked the trails. They're easy and wide, very scenic and pleasant. We also took a canoe out and paddled approximately a 3 mile loop around the island trail, just watch out for branches if you're sitting in the front and don't steer well. Really enjoyed ourselves!!

hiking
Monday, May 26, 2014

If you're looking for a fast, lake view, this is it. There are two sides of the park, and we hiked hen house first. The other side is the next stop. Trails here are much wider and bridges are well kept compared to saw mill hike.

hiking
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

There are several trails to hike on both the Martin Dies side & the Walnut Ridge side. The longest one is the Island Trail at Walnut Ridge. This trail has two nice bridges to cross. Nice, clean trails.

hiking
4 months ago

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hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

walking
Sunday, October 21, 2012

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