Martin Creek State Park is a small 60 campsite park located on 287 heavily trees acres in East Texas. The Park has some great sites on Martin Creek Lake. Martin Creek State Park is clean, well maintained, and has a friendly staff. Showers and restrooms are dated like most State Parks, but they are clean and functional.
The Park holds occasional special events like Easter egg hunts or dutch oven cooking demonstrations. Martin Creek Lake is great for boarding/skiing or other watercraft activities and fishing is good for bass, cat, and brim. The shore line is suitable for overnight boat parking. Outside of the electric power plant, the park is quiet and peaceful.
We enjoy the get-a-way remoteness of Martin Creek State Park, the great lakefront sites, and the biking trails. The lake is small but pretty and you shouldn't have any problem finding an area for boarding, fishing, or dropping an anchor and swimming. The hiking trail and biking trails are under trees and moderate to easy.
The Park is on the outskirts of Tatum and we didn't find anything to explore or do in Tatum. Longview is about 20 miles north west and has some museums and parks and a wide selection of restaurants. In other words, come to Martin Creek to enjoy nature, the lake, camping, and hiking/biking.