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MARBLE FALLS—LCRA Shaffer Bend Recreation Area

From Marble Falls: FM 1431 E 9 miles to County Road 343. On Lake Travis; 520 acres. Primitive tent sites. Rest room at entrance to the park. Swimming, fishing (motorboats OK), horseback riding, scenic views, open space. (706 County Road 343A, Marble Falls 78654, 512/473-3366. www.lcra.org/parks.) HILL COUNTRY

MARBLE FALLS—Sunset Point RV Resort

From US 281 & FM 1431 in Marble Falls: FM 1431 W 3.3 miles; Wirtz Dam Road S 2.2 miles to second gated park entrance on right. On Lake LBJ. 25 acres. Wheeled-camper sites with electric, water & sewer 53; with electric & water 5. No pop-ups or tent camping sites. No day use. Reservations OK. Flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, ice, grocery, laundry. Swimming—lake, bathhouse, boat launch (motorboats OK), fishing, scenic views, rally & meeting room. Fee. (2322 N Wirtz Dam Road, Marble Falls 78654, 830/798-8199. www.sunsetpointlbj.com.) HILL COUNTRY

MARLIN—FALLS ON THE BRAZOS PARK

From TX 7 in Marlin: TX 6 S 2.1 miles; FM 712 SW 3 miles. On Brazos River. Wheeled-camper sites with electric & water 7. Tent sites 8. Limit 2 weeks. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush toilets, hot showers, picnic tables, some sites have grills, ice, grocery. Pavilions 2. Swimming—river, fishing, boat ramp, playground, bicycle & nature trails, basketball, scenic view. (644 FM 712, Marlin 76661, 254/883-3203.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MARSHALL

(See Karnack)

MASON—FORT MASON CITY PARK

From US 87: S .5 mile from city limits. 125-acre municipal park. Wheeled-camper sites with electric, water & sewer 29. Primitive tent camping. Dump station, flush toilets, hot showers, picnic tables, bathhouse, grocery. Playground, nature trails, golf course. Fee. (City Park, Box 68, Mason 76856, 325/347-2064. www.mason.tx.citygovt.org.) HILL COUNTRY

MATAGORDA—LCRA Matagorda Bay RV & Nature Park

From Bay City: TX 60 17 miles. At the mouth of the Colorado River on the Matagorda peninsula; 1,600 acres. Park offers three types of RV & tent for 70 sites with electric, sewer & picnic tables. Rest rooms with showers, laundry facilities, fishing piers on the river & ocean, beachcombing, bird watching. Fees. (6430 FM 2031, Matagorda 77457, 512/369-4778. www.lcra.org/parks.) GULF COAST

MATHIS—La Fruta Park

From Corpus Christi: I-37 N, exit at Mathis, take TX 359 toward Lake Corpus Christi 4 miles, left on County Road 1092, right on County Road 1094. On Nueces River below Wesley Seale Dam. Wheeled-camper sites with electric, water & sewer 6. Park is building 50 spaces for RVs in 2012. Reservations OK. Primitive camping available on 50 acres. Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, fire pits, ice, grocery. Fishing, horseback riding, horseshoe pitching, volleyball, kayaks for rent, nature trails, scenic views. Fee. (300 N Rachal, Sinton 75387, 361/364-9650.) GULF COAST

MATHIS—LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI STATE PARK

From I-37: TX 359 S 4.7 miles; Park Road 25 NW 1.4 miles. On Lake Corpus Christi; 365 acres. Wheeled-camper or tent sites with electric, water & sewer 25; with electric & water 23. Prepared tent sites 60. Screened shelters 15; cottages with AC 10. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, picnic tables, fire pits, grocery. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (motorboat OK), scenic views. Fee. (PO Box 1167, Mathis 78368, 361/547-2635. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) GULF COAST

MAUD—Big Creek Landing

From US 67: TX 8 S 1.1 miles; FM 2624 E 5.4 miles; local road E .6 mile; S .6 mile; E .2 mile. From Redwater: FM 991 S 1.8 miles; local road S 2.9 miles. On Lake Wright Patman. Wheeled-camper or tent sites with electric & water 29. Limit 42 days. Fishing, boat ramp. (Rt 2, Box 1165, Maud 75567, 903/585-5453.) PINEY WOODS

MAUD—KELLY CREEK PARK

From US 67: TX 8 S 1.1 miles; FM 2624 E 5.4 miles; local road E .6 mile, S .5 mile.vOn Lake Wright Patman. Concessionaire: Wheeled-camper sites with electric, water & sewer 30; with electric & water 47. Tent sites 47. Limit 42 days. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, tackle & boat rental, bait, ice, grocery. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp, boat slips, fishing dock. Pavilion rental. (Rt 2, Box 1165, Maud 75567, 903/585-5453.) PINEY WOODS

MAUD—MALDEN LAKE PARK

From US 67: TX 8 S 4.7 miles; local road SE .1 mile. On Lake Wright Patman. Wheeled-camper sites with electric & water 39. Limit 14 days. Dump station, flush & pit toilets. Fishing, boat ramp, grills. Fee. (Corps of Engineers, Box 1817, Texarkana 75504, 903/838-8781. www.recreation.gov.) PINEY WOODS

MERIDIAN—Meridian State Park

From Meridian: 2.7 miles SW on TX 22 W to Park Road 7. Wheeled-camper sites with electric, water & sewer 8; electric & water 7 (length restriction of 21 feet or less). Prepared tent sites 17; screened shelters 18. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Flush toilets, hot showers, grills. On 72-acre lake in park: swimming—lake, line & pole fishing only, boat ramp. No Jet Skis or PWC allowed; no-wake lake. Nature trails, scenic views, historic site…CCC facilities in park. Entrance fee/ camping fee required. (173 Park Road 7, Meridian 76665, 254/435-2536. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MERIDIAN

(Also see Morgan)

MEXIA—FORT PARKER STATE PARK

From US 84: TX 14 S 6.6 miles; Park Road 28 W. On Lake Fort Parker. Wheeledcamper or tent sites with electric & water 25. Tent sites with water 10. Screened shelters 10; group barracks & mess hall; activity center. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, grills. Swimming— lake, fishing, boat ramp, canoe & paddleboat rental, playground, nature & hiking trails, trail bike area. Old Fort Parker Historical Site & Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historical Site nearby. Fee. (194 Park Road 28, Mexia 76667, 254/562-5751. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MEXIA—LAKE MEXIA RECREATION AREA

From TX 14: US 84 W 6.4 miles; FM 2681 S 1.3 miles. On Lake Mexia. Wheeledcamper sites with electric & water 11. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, picnic area, boat ramp. Fee. (Bistone Municipal Water Supply District, PO Box 145, Mexia 76667, 254/562-5922. Reservations: 254/562-2387.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MILAM—RED HILLS LAKE RECREATION AREA

From TX 21: TX 87 N 2.5 miles; FSR 116 E 1 mile. On Red Hills Lake in Sabine National Forest. Open May through Labor Day weekend. Wheeled-camper or tent sites 26; with electric 9. Limit 14 days. Reservations not accepted. Dump station, SST toilets 3, showers, picnic shelter, grills. Swimming—lake, fishing. Canoe or electric motor boats only. Fee. (US Forest Service, 5050 State Highway 21 E, Hemphill 75948, 409/625-1940.) PINEY WOODS

MINEOLA—Lake Holbrook Park

From TX 37: US 80 W 3.6 miles; County Road 2231 W 1 mile; County Road 2260 N .3 mile. to County Road 2263. On Lake Holbrook. Tent sites 25; also primitive camping on 40 acres. Limit 7 days. Reservations not accepted. Flush & pit toilets, picnic tables, no drinking water. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp (motorboats OK), volleyball, scenic views. (Precinct 2, PO Box 938, Quitman 75783, 903/569-6351. www.woodcountytexas.com.) PINEY WOODS

MINERAL WELLS—LAKE MINERAL WELLS STATE PARK & TRAILWAY

From US 281: US 180 E 3.9 miles; local road N .6 mile. On Lake Mineral Wells. Concessionaire: Back-in wheeled-camper or tent sites with electric & water 77; equestrian sites with water 20. Tent only sites with water 11; primitive hike-in sites. Screened shelters 15. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, hiking & horseback riding trails, boat ramp, climbing/rappelling/scenic views. A 22-mile trailway connects the cities of Mineral Wells & Weatherford to the state park. Trailway serves hikers, bicyclists, equestrians. Trailheads located in downtown Mineral Wells, the state park, the community of Garner & near Weatherford. Trailheads have paved parking, rest rooms. Fee. (100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells 76067, 940/328-1171. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) PANHANDLE PLAINS

MISSION—Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

From Mission: BU 83 W 3 miles; S on FM 2062 (Bentsen Palm Drive) 3 miles to entrance of park. Primitive tent sites 10. Toilets, showers, picnicking, fishing, boat ramp, nature & hiking trails, ADA trail, scenic views, park naturalists, interpretive programs. Bird feeding stations with water features, bird blinds, butterfly gardens, hawk tower. Fee. (2800 S Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission 78572, 956/584-9156. www.theworldbirdingcenter.com.) SOUTH TEXAS PLAINS

MONAHANS—MONAHANS SANDHILLS STATE PARK

From I-20: Exit 86, Park Road 41 N. Wheeled-camper or tent sites with electric & water 24. Limit 14 days. Reservations OK. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, grills. Scenic views, hiking, sand surfing, interpretive center, horseback-riding area. Entrance & camping fees. (Box 1738, Monahans 79756, 432/943-2092. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) BIG BEND COUNTRY

MOODY—Mother Neff State Park

From TX 317: FM 107 W 6.4 miles; TX 236 S 1.8 miles; Park Road 14 W. On Leon River. Back-in wheeled-camper or tent sites with electric & water 6; with water nearby 15. Reservations OK. Primitive area for overnight camping. Group tabernacles 2 with electric & tables, day-use fee. Flush toilets, showers, picnic tables & grills. Fishing, playground, hiking trail, Native American cave & historic sites. Fee. (1680 TX 236, Moody 76557, 254/853-2389. www.tpwd.state.tx.us. Reservations: 512/389-8900 or www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/park_reservations.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MORGAN—Plowman Creek Park

From TX 174: FM 56 S & E 2.3 miles; local road E 1 mile. On Lake Whitney. Backin wheeled-camper or tent sites with electric & water 22; with water only 12. Limit 14 days. Flush & pit toilets, showers, picnic tables, grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp, scenic views. Fee. (Corps of Engineers, 285 County Road 3602, Laguna Park 76634-5038, 254/622-3332. www.recreation.gov.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MORGAN—Steeles Creek Park

From TX 174: FM 56 S 8 miles; local road E 2.5 miles. On Lake Whitney. Backin wheeled-camper or tent sites 21; with water 10. Limit 14 days. Pit toilets, grills. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp, scenic views. (Corps of Engineers, 285 County Road 3602, Laguna Park 76634-5038, 254/622-3332.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MOUNT PLEASANT—LAKE BOB SANDLIN STATE PARK

From I-30 Exit 160): US 271 SE 1.3 miles; FM 127 SW 10.4 miles; FM 21 SW 2 miles. From Pittsburg: TX 11 W 5 miles; FM 21 5.5 miles. On Lake Bob Sandlin. Wheeled-camper or tent sites with electric & water 75. Primitive sites. Limit 14 days. Screened shelters 12; cottages with AC & heat 8. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, tables. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp, playground, nature trails, bicycle trails, volleyball, scenic views, park store. Fee. (341 State Park Road 2117, Pittsburg 75686, 903/572-5531. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.) PINEY WOODS

MOUNT PLEASANT—MONTICELLO PARK

From I-30: US 271 SE 1.3 miles; FM 127 SW 8 miles; local road SE 1.4 miles. On Monticello Reservoir. 100 acres. Wheeled-camper sites with electric & water 28. Prepared tent sites 10 to 15; primitive camping on 30 acres. Limit 14 days. Dump station, drinking water nearby, flush toilets, hot showers, tables, grills. No swimming. Fishing, boat ramp, bathhouse (wheelchair accessible), scenic views. Bait, fishing tackle rental within 2 miles, ice & grocery nearby. (100 W First St, Ste 200, Mount Pleasant 75455, 903/572-2398 or 903/767-2615.) PINEY WOODS

MOUNT VERNON—Dogwood Park

From I-30: TX 37 S 1 mile; FM 21 SE 7.8 miles; FM 3007 S 2.5 miles. South side of dam on Lake Cypress Springs. 10-acre park. Undeveloped tent camping. Flush toilets. Swimming—lake, fishing, boat ramp. No reservations. (Franklin County Water District, PO Box 559, Mount Vernon 75457, 903/537-4536.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MOUNT VERNON—Overlook Park

From I-30: TX 37 S 1 mile; FM 21 E 3.2 miles; FM 2723 SE 4.6 miles. On Lake Cypress Springs. 16 acres. Undeveloped tent camping. Flush toilets, picnic tables. Swimming—lake, boat ramp. Reservations not accepted. (Franklin County Water District, PO Box 559, Mount Vernon 75457, 903/537-4536.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MOUNT VERNON—Twin Oaks Park

From I-30: TX 37 S 1 mile; FM 21 E 3.3 miles; FM 2723 S 4.5 miles; FM 3122 E 2.5 miles; turn S into park. On Lake Cypress Springs. Rented for group camping only. Reservation required. Wheeled-camper sites with electric, water & sewer 15. Flush toilets, showers, tables, pavilion, fishing, scenic views. 3-night minimum. (Franklin County Water District, PO Box 559, Mount Vernon 75457, 903/537- 4536.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MOUNT VERNON—WALLEYE PARK

From I-30: TX 37 S 1 mile; FM 21 E 3.2 miles; FM 2723 S 4.5 miles; FM 3122 E 2 miles; FM 4220 S into park. On Lake Cypress Springs; 89-acre park. Wheeled- camper sites with electric & water 66. Screened shelters 5. Reservations OK, 3-day minimum. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, tables, grills. Swimming— lake, boat ramp, fishing pier, pavilion. (Franklin County Water District, PO Box 559, Mount Vernon 75457, 903/537-4536.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES

MOUNT VERNON—W.D. JACK GUTHRIE PARK

From I-30: TX 37 S 1 mile; FM 21 SE 7.3 miles; FM 3007 S 1.4 miles; north side dam. On Lake Cypress Springs; 30.5-acre park. Wheeled-camper sites with electric & water 39; also primitive camping available. Reservations OK, 3-day minimum. Dump station, flush toilets, showers, tables, grills. Swimming—lake (nice sandy beach), volleyball, fishing, fishing piers, boat ramp, basketball, tennis, softball, scenic views. (Franklin County Water District, PO Box 559, Mount Vernon 75457, 903/537-4536.) PRAIRIES AND LAKES