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Located within the Martin Creek Lake State Park is a 1.5 mile hiking trail. The trail will traverse much of the areas flora and fauna, thus revealing its beauty. During fall, usually late October through the first two weeks of November, is a particularly scenic time at Martin Creek. Visitors can marvel at the colorful foliage displayed by the many varieties of hardwoods, interspersed with loblolly and short-leaf pine trees.

This forest shelters abundant wildlife including gophers, swamp rabbits, nutria, white-tailed deer, raccoons, armadillos, and squirrels. Park visitors enjoy excellent year-round fishing, due to water warmed by the power plant. Fish include largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, perch, ball, and sunfish. Among the most commonly seen birds are mallard ducks, great blue herons, green-backed herons, great egrets, northern cardinals, blue jays, redheaded woodpeckers, bobwhites, and northern mockingbirds.

Directions: From Tatum, TX, Travel 3.5 miles southwest on State Highway 43, then turn south on County Road 2183. The park is located 20 miles southeast of Longview.

Elevation: 385 feet

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Martin Creek Lake State Park, Texas

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