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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, fish, swim, paddle, geocache and study nature. We have 21 miles of trails, playgrounds, a bird blind and nature center. Take a virtual tour with our interactive trails map. 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.

Stay overnight

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


Gator Junction sells camping and fishing supplies, groceries, ice cream, cold drinks, ice, souvenirs and more!

Karsan's Kona Ice of Huntsville is next to Gator Junction and offers shaved Ice with a variety of flavors. Open weekends and most weekdays in the summer from noon-6 p.m. (hours subject to change). Email or call (903) 388-6649, about catering options 

Get involved

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

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Civilian Conservation Corps

The CCC built many of the park’s facilities, including the group recreation hall and boat house. To learn more, 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.

Download our Bird Checklist.

Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Nature Center

Our Nature Center has something for everyone:  exhibits, bird nests and other collections, and animals. Hours vary; call the park for information.


Become a Junior Ranger!

  • Borrow an Explorer Pack loaded with tools for exploring the park.
  • Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal at the Nature Center or park headquarters. Complete tasks to earn a badge.

Become a Discovery Agent! Download the app at home, then use it to move and learn at the park.


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

Area Attractions

565 Park Road 40 W
Huntsville, TX 77340

Latitude: 30.628404

Longitude: -95.525921

(936) 295-5644

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 508
Huntsville, TX 77342-0508

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • 13 years & older : $7 Daily
  • 12 years & under: Free

Open daily,
6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Check for scheduled closures

We often reach capacity; reservations are highly recommended for both camping and day use. To guarantee entrance reserve passes online, or by calling the customer service center, before you visit.

Get updates on our Facebook page

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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