Stephen F. Austin State Park consists of 473 acres and several habitats, including wetland aquatic and hardwood forest. Dominant tree species in the park include cedar elm, hickory, Osage orange, green ash, cottonwood, sycamore and hackberry to name a few. Throughout the park, forest canopies shelter dense undergrowth vegetation of coralberry, dwarf palmetto, American beautyberry, possumhaw, yaupon, grapevine, Alabama supplejack and the abundant Turk's cap with its beautiful red blooms. Bluebonnets can be viewed around the park headquarters in the early spring.
The park offers great opportunities to view wildlife. Birders often come to view nesting pileated woodpeckers, as well as many other species such as the barred owl, warblers, yellow-billed cuckoo, white-eyed vireo, Mississippi kite, northern parula and many more. Bird lists are available upon request. White-tailed deer, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, rabbits and squirrels are common sightings in the park, while other creatures tend to be a little more elusive and are rarely seen, such as the bobcat. If the creepy crawlies are the animals you like, look very closely and you might see a number of reptiles and amphibians.
May and June typically offer great opportunities to see an abundant amount of fireflies in the evenings, just as it is getting dark. Take a short walk on one of our trails or view the fireflies from the convenience of one of our campsites.
Come experience nature from one of our wide variety of campsites, our six miles of hiking and biking trails, or through one of our ranger-lead programs.