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 six miles of hiking and biking trails, a picnic area or 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.

Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map.

Trails may be closed due to poor conditions or weather. Please contact the park prior to arrival for current information.

Volunteer Opportunities

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!

Ranger Programs

Area Attractions

Nearby points of interest are the San Jacinto Battleground Complex, which includes the San Jacinto BattlegroundSan Jacinto Monument and the Battleship TexasSan 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 and 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.

Park Road 38
San Felipe, TX 77473-0125

Latitude: 29.811982

Longitude: -96.108059

(979) 885-3613

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Park is open daily.

Park Office: 
Monday - Thursday and Sunday:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. depending on the season (contact the park for more information.)

Park Headquarters will close at noon on Thanksgiving Day and all day on Christmas (Dec. 25).

Trails may be closed due to poor conditions or weather. Please contact the park prior to arrival for current information.

When the office is closed, please use the self-pay station.

Gate is open 8 a.m – 10 p.m.


Busy Season

March to May
October to November


January average low is 43° F. July average high is 94° F. Average rainfall is 40.4 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

155 feet

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