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Huntsville State Park – Huntsville, Texas

21 miles of trails one hour from Houston
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
$15 to $25
  • 80%


Summary:

Located right on the 210-acre Lake Raven, this is a superior state park located 50 miles north of Houston, Texas. You will quickly forget how close you are to the big city as the natural beauty of the majestic trees engulfs you.

Take a hike on the state park’s 21 miles of trails, cast a line out in Lake Raven or see if you can spot one of the alligators that make their habitat within the park’s boundaries. The trails in the park lead to the famous Lone Star Trail which highlights the hiking wonders of Sam Houston National Forest. Don’t forget to take a short 5 minute drive and see the ginormous statue of Sam Houston himself which stands 67 feet high along the roadway of Interstate 45N.

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Pros

  • The atmosphere is just beautiful. Between the sun hitting the lake and the feeling of surrounding trees and vegetation, you can’t help but to slow your pace down and take it all in.
  • There are campsites right along the lake which are incredible spots to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.
  • There are 21 miles of trails wind throughout the park, many intersecting and connecting. The purple trailhead takes off right from the back of the campground and is great for exploring the ecosystem of Huntsville State Park.
  • Many geocaching opportunities present himself in the state park and give you something to do for free right in the park.
  • If you enjoy horseback riding, 2E Stables leads horseback rides. All ages welcome. Note: You may not bring your own horses to Huntsville State Park
  • There are plenty of water activities to enjoy. Whether you would like to swim, fish or rent a kayak or canoe, there is something to fit the bill.
  • Campsites range from water only, water and electric and full hook up. There is something to fit any size rig, budget and camping preference.
  • Over 250 species of birds have been identified in the park and it is an excellent location for those that enjoy birding.
  • Each campsite has a fire ring and lamppost and the electric sites include both 30-amp and 50-amp electrical plugs.
  • Showers and restrooms are nearby most campsites.
  • There is a playground, beach area, and multiple fishing piers/boat docks available for the use in the campgrounds.
  • Also available for rent are screened shelters. There is room next to these to park your RV and there is 30A/50A electrical hook ups. It would be a great option for those having day guests or with bigger families.
  • Advanced reservations can be made online via the park’s easy to use reservation system.
  • The CCC was a big part of getting the state park up and running and there is a lot of history to be learned about the park.
  • There is even a small nature center where you can learn about some of the animals and plants that call Huntsville State Park home. You can check out a Jr. Ranger backpack to use during your stay which includes informational tracts, binoculars, and magnifying glasses.
  • There is even a small camp store in case you forgot anything and don’t want to leave the park.
  • The state park entrance is just off the Interstate and very easy to find. Just head east and you will drive right into the park!

Cons

  • As with most state parks, you have more dirt, bugs and critters than you do in a private “parking lot” style RV park. As long as you don’t mind sweeping a little extra to keep your place clean, the trade off is worth it!
  • The park signage could be improved and it may be easy to miss an important turn. Make sure to ask for clear instructions at the gatehouse to get to the campground.

About Jen Holt

Jen Holt and her husband Drew are parents to two young kids and travel the country in their fifth wheel nicknamed Big Moosey. The Holts have a passion for the outdoors and love visiting National Parks. You can follow more about the Holts adventures at www.free2breathe.com

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