Imagine a sunlit day filled with unforgettable boating and fishing experiences, jumping into cool inviting lake water with childlike abandon, and camping with family and friends under a towering canopy of pine trees. Memorable days like this are made at Huntsville State Park.
Tucked away in the Sam Houston National Forest, the park is home to Loblolly Pine and Shortleaf Pine trees that are common in the East Texas Pine Belt. The park has been made popular by Texas natives for its camping and picturesque lake.
There are various campsite options available to accommodate campers of every level and inclination. Several campsites throughout the park offer pinic tables, fire rings for fireside ghost stories and s’more making, water hookups, and restrooms located relatively close to the sites. There are also lantern posts that help campers substitute electric lighting with lamplight. Dogs are allowed as well.
Huntsville State Park’s major attraction is Lake Raven, which is fed by three creeks. The lake provides plenty of Largemouth bass, Bluegill, catfish and redear sunfish for “reel” enthusiasts. Regulated as a “Community Fishing Lake” the waters are for catch-and-release fishing only.
Canoeing and Paddle Boating are activities that are also enjoyed by campers and day visitors. Boat rentals are inexpensive (prices may vary per season), depending on how long the rental is for.
One of the most enjoyable attractions of the park is horseback riding, and has gained popularity over the past few years. However animal friendly the park may be, bringing personally owned horses to the park is strictly prohibited. Privately operated, campers and day visitors must schedule a ride via www.2estables.com.
Know Before You Go
Peak seasons for park visits are between the mild-temperature month of February through November, when the Texas winter rears its head. Often visited by families, schools of elementary-to-high school age children, and adventurers of all ages, Huntsville State Park is a true outdoor enthusiast’s playground.
There is a daily entrance fee for adults. Children, twelve years or younger, are admitted free of charge. Dogs are allowed in the park. Campsite fees and canoe|boat rental fees vary by specific experience.