Huntsville State Park

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Huntsville State Park

Texas

(936) 295-5644

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Overview

Huntsville State Park is a 2083.2-acre recreational area, six miles southwest of Huntsville, in Walker County. It was acquired by deeds from private owners in 1937 and was opened in 1938. In the early 1930's, it was suggested at a meeting of the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce that a large public recreation place, in one of the several magnificently timbered areas about Huntsville, be built. The Chamber of Commerce approached the Texas State Parks Board with this proposal. The Board told them that the community would have to donate the land. Twenty thousand dollars in bonds would have to be sold by Walker County to pay for the land needed. In early 1936, the voters of Walker County voted better than four to one in favor of (700 for and 160 against, county-wide) the bond issue.

In October, 1937, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Co. 1823 (C/V), an African American veteran company was brought in to begin construction at Huntsville State Park. This company was also responsible for construction at Palmetto State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park, Kerrville-Schreiner State Park, and Abilene State Park. The major structure built by the CCC at Huntsville was the dam creating Lake Raven. The CCC also built one major building, the group recreation hall. This dressed stone and wooden structure has had only a small addition, and is otherwise unchanged. Other structures include a frame pumphouse, stone culverts, and stone road curbing.

The heavily-wooded park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. The park offers camping, hiking, biking, boating (Motor size unrestricted; speed is limited to idle speed), Guided Horseback Trail Rides with horses provided by 2E Stables, fishing, swimming in unsupervised swimming area, canoe & peddle boat rentals, and nature study.

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Latitude, Longitude: 30.623125, -95.519275

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating regulations: Motor size unrestricted; speed is limited to idle speed with no wake. Water skiing is prohibited due to the lake's size. Boat rentals (seasonal, including paddle boats, canoes and flat-bottoms without motors) are available.

  • Camping

    There are tent campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity; restrooms; and showers.

  • Fishing

    Lake Raven, fed by three major creeks, offers fishing for crappie, perch, catfish, and bass.

  • Hiking

    There are 18 miles of hiking/biking trails. All trails are under canopy from tall pine trees. Some trail sections are sandy. There is also a 3/4 mile interpretive nature trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Guided Trail Rides - Enjoy the tall pines and the splendor of an old western tradition with experienced guides. This is an activity for the whole family. All ages and riding abilities are welcome. Each tour is about an hour long. Note: Public not allowed to bring their own horses - must use the horses provided by 2E Stables.

  • Picnicking

    There is a group picnic pavilion (capacity 75) that is available.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and peddle boating is available.

Seasonality/Weather

Weather: July average high is 90, southeast breeze, January average low is 50, high humidity year-round with September wettest month; first/last freeze: November 27/March 7. Open: 7 days a week year-round, except for Public Hunts. Busy Season: Mid-February to Thanksgiving.

Directions

Driving

The park is 6 miles southwest of Huntsville off Interstate 45 on Park Road 40.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(936) 295-5644

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