Huntsville, Texas 77342


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."

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"Huntsville State Park opened in 1938, which makes it one of the oldest parks in Texas. The Civilian Conservation Corps built a dam just below where Little Chinquapin and Big Chinquapin Creeks join to form Prairie Branch, creating 210-acre Lake Raven, the park’s centerpiece. After floods in 1940 caused severe damage to the dam, the park was closed until 1956, following engineering studies, construction of a new spillway and dam, and restocking of the lake.

The age of the park and its location in the Sam Houston National Forest, near the western edge of the Southern Pine Belt, have allowed the loblolly and shortleaf pines here to grow to amazing heights. This hiking trail circles the lake, through these impressive woods and across swamps and streams. Nineteen wooden bridges along the way are numbered with plaques, and the numbers are also on the park’s trail map, making it easy to track your progress."

"This hike includes part of the Coloneh Trail along with part of the Chinquapin Trail. It is an easy hike if you only have an hour and is accessible from the Coloneh Campground and the nature center parking lot."

"Huntsville State Park is a 2,083-acre recreational area that was opened in 1938 but later closed in 1940 for ten years after a flood caused the dam spillway to collapse. It was officially reopened to the public in 1956. The park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses Lake Raven. White-tailed deer, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, migratory waterfowl, and fox squirrel are just some of the wildlife found in the area.

Located near the western edge of the Southern Pine Belt, the park is dominated by loblolly pines and shortleaf pines. The Dogwood Trail to Prairie Branch Trail is a moderate hike with some elevation changes. It is not long but can be a challenge for hikers who have limited physical abilities."

Huntsville Reviews

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We had a great time at the Park. Our dog loved it as well. We walked the 6.8 mile trail. The surroundings were beautiful, we saw 3 deer. Definitely a great get-a-way from the city.
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We did the Chinquapin Trail which is 6.8 miles long in about 2 and a half hours. It was a very nice trail mostly covered so we didn't have to use sunscreen. Constantly slight changes in elevation make it a good workout. Wildlife wasnt as plentiful as expected, but we did see a woodpecker and two very small deer. Very nice sitting point / walking point elevated over lake makes for good photo opportunities. well kept up, friendly staff and the opportunity to go horseback riding, camping and canouing make this a fun place.
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A lot of fun and will keep you on you toes because of all the roots on the trail. The trail has quite a few sandy spots that will really work your legs.
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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 :-)
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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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Huntsville State Park 409-295-5644
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Huntsville State Park Trail map, Moore Grove and Hunstville USGS
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Oct 2018