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Stephen F. Austin State Park

On the Banks of the Brazos

Stephen F. Austin chose this area as home base for es­tab­lishing Anglo-American colonies in Texas. Learn more of his story and enjoy a time-out in nature on the banks of the Brazos River. We’re just 50 minutes west of the outskirts of Houston.

Things to Do

Explore our trails, bring a picnic, look for a geocache or wild­life, or set up camp. Learn about Texas’ early col­o­nists at nearby state historic sites. Plan your next reunion at our dining hall or group camp. Play golf at the public course next door.

Trails

Five miles of hiking and biking trails wander along the river bank under tall hardwood trees and through the up­land swamp.

Learn about the plants in the park along the .12-mile Nature Trail.

Note: We close trails when they are muddy. Contact the park to check on conditions before you visit.

Camping

Choose from full hookup or tent sites. We also have a group camp with water.

If you prefer a roof over your head, reserve a screened shelter or our cabin.

Historic Sites

Visit San Felipe de Austin State His­toric Site nearby. Walk around the townsite, head­quarters for Stephen F. Austin’s original colony. Visit the museum, which tells stories of the early settlers in Texas.

Volunteer

We need your help! Join or donate to the Friends of Stephen F. Austin State Park. Help with mowing, litter pickup, trail repair and camp hosting. Contact the park office for more information.

Ranger Programs

Check our Events page for upcoming hikes and programs.

Visit our Nature and History pages to learn more about the park. Or down­load:

Kids

Sign up for our summer camp for kids aged 8 to 11 years old. Call the park for information on the schedule and registration.

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 park. Complete tasks to earn a badge.

Area Attractions

Nearby cities of Sealy and Bellville have restaurants and shopping.

Book a tee time at the neighboring Stephen F. Austin Golf Club by calling (979) 627-9212.

Park Rd 38
San Felipe, TX 77473

Latitude: 29.811982

Longitude: -96.108059

(979) 885-3613

Mailing address:
Park Road 38
San Felipe, TX 77473-0125
Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

New ways to plan park visits coming in 2019
Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

Open daily.

 


When the office is closed, please use the self-pay station. The entrance gate locks at 10 p.m.; campers, arriving after 10 p.m. with reservations, must contact the park before the office closes for the gate codes.


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.

Busy Season

March to May
October to November

Climate

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
Elevation

155 feet

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