Home to Sam Houston State University and Sam Houston National Forest, Huntsville also boasts one of the best and partially-hidden state parks in Texas. Just a short trip minutes north of Houston on Interstate-45, Huntsville State Park is the perfect spot for a day trip out of the hustle and bustle of the city. With ample campsites and amenities, the park is also great for a longer stay.
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Texas is the land of many lands, and nothing will convince you of that more than once you are standing beneath the canopy of 150-year-old pines and breathing in their refreshing aroma. During the spring and early summer, you’ll be welcomed by the lavishly colorful blooms of wildflowers.
Considered part of the East Texas Pineywoods region, Huntsville State Park comprises the larger surrounding Sam Houston National Forest. These forests and woodlands also make up an entire system that extends into Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
Huntsville State Park spreads across 2,000 acres and offers camping, fishing, swimming, biking, trail riding, and geocaching opportunities. However you choose to enjoy the bounty of the outdoors, the park has a choice for you. There are 21 miles of trails for hiking and biking. In February, The Rocky Raccoon Endurance Trail Run takes place at the park, featuring endurance athletes from around the world.
The campground offers a variety of options if you’re planning on staying for a while. From tent-only, to full RV hook up, the park has you covered. Near the campgrounds sits Lake Raven, perfect spot for fishing, swimming, and paddle boating. The newly finished dock spaces provide easy access if you want to hang a line and catch your dinner or slide in for a refreshing dip.