Huntsville State Park
Things to Do
This heavily wooded park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. The park offers camping, hiking, biking, boating (motor size unrestricted; speed is limited to idle speed), guided horseback trail rides with horses provided by 2E Stables, fishing, swimming in an unsupervised swimming area, canoe and paddle boat rentals, and nature study.
The Friends of Huntsville SP is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to enhance visitors' experiences at the park by providing education programs, outreach events, general park maintenance and fundraising. Contact the park for information and other volunteer opportunities.
Outfitters & Guide Services
Note: Public not allowed to bring their own horses - must use the horses provided by 2E Stables. For information and reservations, contact 2E Stables at 210-861-0105. Guided Trail Rides - Enjoy the tall pines and the splendor of an old western tradition with experienced guides. This is an activity for the whole family. All ages and riding abilities are welcome. Each tour is about an hour long.
The park rents paddle boats and canoes.
The Nature Center features live animals, a fish tank, bird nests and other collections, as well as information on a wide variety of topics. Programs and special events are planned on a regular basis; check the calendar for upcoming events and programs. The center’s hours of operation vary throughout the year. Check with the office for information.
Programs for groups (schools, scouts, etc.) can be scheduled in advance by contacting the park. Two weeks' advance notice is requested.
Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!
Nearby attractions include Lake Livingston State Park, Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site and Sam Houston National Forest. In Huntsville, other attractions include General Sam Houston's old homestead (Steamboat House); Sam Houston Memorial Museum; the Sam Houston Visitor's Center and Statue; Houston's Law Office and his grove; the Prison Museum; the Walls Unit, the first Texas prison; Sam Houston State University; and Historic Huntsville. The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation is approximately 50 miles away in Polk County.