THE PARK WILL BE CLOSED from 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 until noon on Dec. 8, 2016. . . .

Sept. 10, 2016 - Lake Raven Dam and Spillway are under construction. Some trails are closed, and paddle boat rentals may be affected . . .

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.

Pine Trees and Wildflowers

Lose yourself among the majestic trees and natural beauty of the East Texas Pineywoods. Rent a canoe, explore our trails or just relax by the lake. We are a short drive north of Houston, in the Sam Houston National Forest.

Things to Do

At Huntsville State Park, you can camp, hike, bike, picnic, ride horses, fish, swim, paddle, geocache and study nature. We have 21 miles of trails, playgrounds, a bird blind and nature center. Alligators live in the park; read our alligator safety tips.  

On the lake:  Enjoy water activities on the 210-acre Lake Raven.

  • Fish for crappie, perch, catfish and bass. We have a boat ramp, fishing piers and fish cleaning stations. We allow motor boats, but at idle speed only.
  • Swim in our designated area from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (no lifeguards). Read our swimming safety tips before you swim.
  • Rent a canoe, kayak or paddle boat at the park.

Stay in one of our screened shelters or shelters with amenities, or choose from 160 campsites. Rent our group pavilion or hall for your next gathering.

Trail rides:  2E Stables leads hour-long trail rides in the park. All ages and riding abilities are welcome. Contact 2E Stables (210-861-0105) for reservations. Note:  You may not bring your horses to the park.

Shop at Gator Junction for camping and fishing supplies, groceries, ice cream, cold drinks, ice, souvenirs and more!

Volunteer!  We need your help. Friends of Huntsville State Park give programs, help maintain the park, and raise funds. Call the park to learn more.

The Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the park’s facilities, including the group recreation hall and boat house. To learn more about the CCC, visit our History page.

Ranger Programs

Check our Events page for upcoming programs on the plants, animals and history of this park. We also give programs for groups; please call to schedule a program at least two weeks in advance.

Nature Center: Our Nature Center has something for everyone:  exhibits, bird nests and other collections, and animals.


Teachers: Bring students for field trips using TEKS-aligned curriculum (call the park to arrange trips).

Area Attractions

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

Latitude: 30.628404

Longitude: -95.525921

(936) 295-5644

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

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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