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Huntsville Professional Review and Guide
"About 7 miles south of Huntsville. A moderately easy day hike through the woods surrounding Lake Raven. Special Attractions: Lake, lush forest."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Texas (Falcon Guides).
A nice walk in the woods that's close to Houston. Trails are not well marked and it walks like more than the 7.7 miles that the map lists (looks like they have added a couple of switchbacks to control erosion which lrnghtened the trail). We saw several bikes on what I thought was a "hiking only" trail, but I could have been confused as again the trails aren't marked well, and the map they have at the park dosen't match with the trails. Take bug spray :-)
Huntsville State Park is a nice place for a quick trip out of the Houston Hustle. The trails are not marked very well and the map from the information office does not include several side trails which will lead you in the wrong direction.
The facilities of the park are not too bad. They include modern bathrooms, horse rides, canoe rentals and campsites with and without power and water. The hike is very moderate taking only 2 to 3 hours to complete the 7.7 miles. They allow campfires and have firewood for sale at the information center. The park has done a good job of keeping mountain bikes, horses and hikers on their own trails. We only shared the trail with one mountain bike that had strayed from the correct trail, likely due to bad trail markers. This is a good place for a quick shakedown hike to help break in new boots or just to get your feet ready for a longer hike.
The only wildlife we encountered on our weekend trip was a squirrel and raccoon that entered out site looking for food. This is a very popular spot for scouting groups as well as church groups. It is definitely recommended that you call and reserve your spot, campsite 38 was very nice. We were able to position our tent to have an evening view of the campfire and a morning view of the lake. The area where we camped did not allow for a view of the sun rising which would allow for sleeping in a little. We will go back again when we are pushed for time and just want to get away.
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