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Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway

On the Lakeshore

Fishing, camping, mountain biking, birding, hiking – whatever your outdoor passion, you can pursue it here. We’re between Houston and Austin.

Things to Do

Four units make up Lake Somerville State Park. Birch Creek Unit is on the north side of the lake, while Nails Creek Unit is on the southwest side. The 13-mile Lake Somerville Trailway connects the two units. Somerville Public Hunting Land is nearby, also on the lake.

Birch Creek and Nails Creek offer access to the lake for fishing, boating, paddling and swimming. On land at either unit, you can camp, picnic, hike, ride mountain bikes, play horseshoes or volleyball, geocache, and go birding. Explore miles of multiuse trails.

Host your next group gathering at one of our pavilions or group halls.


Have we got trails – nearly 40 miles of them! The Trailway is 13.11 miles long, not including the various side trails and loops. Each unit also has trails.

All trails are open to hikers and bikers. Horses are allowed on the Trailway, and on most trails at Nails Creek. Please be courteous to your fellow explorers. 
Note: Equestrian use is not currently allowed anywhere at Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway, due to flood damage.


Anglers here reel in hybrid, largemouth and white bass; crappie; and catfish. You don’t need a fishing license to fish from shore or jetty in a state park, but you will need one to fish from a boat. Birch Creek has a fishing jetty.

Both parks loan fishing gear for use in the park; ask at headquarters.


Lake Somerville has over 11,000 acres of water to explore by motorized boat, kayak or canoe. Birch Creek and Nails Creek have boat ramps.


Camp with amenities at our sites with water and electricity, rough it at primitive sites along the Trailway, or choose something in between. 

Both units have restrooms with showers. Chemical toilets are located along the Trailway.


Both units rent canoes and kayaks (paddles and life vests included). Birch Creek rents volleyballs and horseshoes, too.


Before your visit:

Ranger Programs

Check our Events page for upcoming programs.

We offer these programs for school groups (you must schedule in advance):


Become a Junior Ranger!

Connect with us on Birch Creek Unit's Facebook and Nails Creek's Facebook.

Area Attractions

The Lake Somerville complex is located along the Presidential Corridor between Austin and College Station. Nearby attractions include San Felipe State Historic Site; Bluebell Creamery; and Texas A&M University.

Visit the Somerville Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Burn Ban in Effect
Birch Creek Unit
14222 Park Road 57
Somerville, TX 77879-9713

Latitude: 30.308582

Longitude: -96.634692

(979) 535-7763

Nails Creek Unit
6280 FM 180
Ledbetter, TX 78946-7036

Latitude: 30.290719

Longitude: -96.667214

(979) 289-2392

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $4 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Open daily.

Check for closures

Busy Season

First weekend in March through Fourth of July


January average low temperature is 48 degrees. July average high temperature is 95 degrees. Wettest months are September and October. First freeze occurs early December. Last freeze occurs early February.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

Ranges from 190 to 496 feet above mean sea level.

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