Stephen F. Austin State Park
Things to Do
Experience the Nature of Texas’ first colony… Nestled on the banks of the Brazos River, the park provides the opportunity to get up close to nature. Located 30 minutes from the outskirts of Houston, this quiet and peaceful park is a nice escape from busy city life. Come out for the day and enjoy 6-miles of hiking and biking trails, a picnic area, geocaching, or spend the night, with a wide variety of campsites, including pull-through 30 amp full hook-up RV sites, and tent campsites. There is also a group campsite for up to 60 people, screened shelters, and a rustic ADA accessible Mini-cabin with a cedar interior. The park also offers a Group Lodge/Barracks that will sleep up to 26 people, a Screened Dining Hall with an outdoor tent camping area, and a day-use Recreation Hall.
Primitive fishing is available on the riverbank after a short hike to the Brazos River, with the common catch being catfish.
Adjacent to the park is a privately operated 18-hole golf course available to park visitors. Call the Stephen F. Austin Golf Course for more information at (979) 885-2811.
The nearby San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, operated by the Texas Historical Commission, provides park visitors the opportunity to learn more about Stephen F. Austin, the colonial history of Texas and the Texas Revolution.
The park hosts special events throughout the year for school groups and holds an annual Summer Camp for youth ages 8 to 11 years old. Call the park to inquire about the camp schedule and registration.
Trails may be closed for mountain biking after heavy rain events. It is advised that you contact the park before arrival (during periods where rain events may have occurred) for information on the trail status.
Friends of Stephen F. Austin State Park - Make a difference! Donate or volunteer to help our park stay beautiful. Every dollar helps and we have a wide variety of jobs that you can come out and help us with, including mowing, litter pickup, trail repair and camp hosting. For more information, contact the park office. Thanks for your support!
Typically held on Saturdays, programs on various topics pertaining to the park are offered. All ages are welcome to these family programs. Contact park for actual schedule of programs.
Groups (4 or more): Contact the interpretive ranger to schedule group hikes and programs.
Saturday Morning Hikes - Come out to our regular Saturday morning hike at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.! Our park ranger would love to explore Stephen F. Austin State Park’s trails with you on easy terrain, hour-long, weekly walks. Hike are open to the public, limited to 30 people. Please dress for the weather and walking in the woods, which includes long pants and closed-toed shoes. Please bring your own walking stick, bug spray, snack, and water. We’ll meet at the amphitheater in the park.
- An Interpretation of the Cultural and Natural History of Stephen F. Austin State Park and San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
- Stephen F. Austin State Park History: Pileated Woodpecker Bookmark
Nearby points of interest are the San Jacinto Battleground Complex, which includes the San Jacinto Battleground, San Jacinto Monument and the Battleship TEXAS; San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site; Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site; Brazos Bend State Park; Bass Pro Shops and Katy Mills Mall (Katy, Texas); Round Top (Shopping & Antiques); and Houston, the largest city in Texas, which offers numerous attractions, including the Museum of Natural Science and NASA's Johnson Space Center. Nearby cities of Sealy and Bellville offer a variety of restaurants and shopping for groceries and convenience items.