View of Brazos RiverStephen F. Austin State Park protects 473 acres of wetland and hardwood forest.

Lush forest

Cedar elm, hickory, Osage orange, green ash, cottonwood, sycamore and hackberry are the main trees growing in the park.

Forest canopies shelter a dense undergrowth of coralberry, dwarf palmetto, American beautyberry, possumhaw, yaupon, grapevine and Alabama supplejack. Turk's cap with its beautiful red blooms grows throughout the park. Look for bluebonnets around park headquarters in early spring.

Plentiful wildlife

Pileated woodpecker

The park is home to all sorts of wildlife.

Birders search for nesting pileated woodpeckers, as well as many other species such as barred owls, warblers, yellow-billed cuckoos, white-eyed vireos, Mississippi kites and northern parulas. Ask at headquarters for a bird list.

You are likely to see white-tailed deer, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, rabbits and squirrels when you visit. Other creatures here tend to be more elusive, such as the bobcat.

If you like creepy crawlies, look very closely and you might see a variety of reptiles, amphibians, and insects.


Fireflies put on a show in May and June, just as it is getting dark. Take a short walk on one of our trails to see them flitting among the trees or watch for them from your campsites.