Huntsville State Park

Huntsville State Park

Under the tall trees of the Pineywoods, hike with the soft crunch of pine needles underfoot and cross paths with abundant wildlife who call the park home.Huntsville's trail system is perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding.Huntsville is beautiful, picturesque and perfect for fishing.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Equipment Rentals

The park rents paddle boats and  canoes.

Ranger Programs

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.

Photo of an Explorer PackAsk about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include Lake Livingston State ParkFanthorp 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.

P.O. Box 508
Huntsville, TX 77342-0508

Latitude: 30.620676

Longitude: -95.527726

(936) 295-5644

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
Reserve by fax

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily, except for public hunts.
Gate is open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Busy Season

Mid-February to Thanksgiving


January average low is 50 degrees. July average high is 90 degrees. Wettest month is September, with high humidity year-round. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs early March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

401 feet

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