Huntsville State Park is a 2083 acre park that is nested in the tall pines and along the shores of the 215 acre man-made Lake Raven. The park is located about six miles southwest of Huntsville. The park is very clean and well maintained, the lake is small but pretty, and there are some nice sites along the lake. This is a great campground for camping, hiking, biking, or enjoying nature.
We enjoy spending most of our time at Huntsville hiking or mountain biking. Our favorite trail is the Chinquapin Trail that circles the eastern side of the campground and goes around the lake. The eastern side of the trail is flat and easy, around the lake on the west side is tougher and up and down some hills. A nice easy walk along the lake is the Prairie Branch Loop Trail which is 1.5 miles. The rest of the day and evening is spent playing games, cooking and eating some great food (always tastes better outside), and sharing some stories around the campfire.
Huntsville, which is one of Texas' oldest cities (founded in 1836 as an Indian trading post), is only 6 miles north and offers a few things to see and do. Quaint antique shops, arts and crafts shops, soda fountain and restaurants, and other establishments surround the town square. Check out some of the well kept and restored turn-of-the-century homes around town.
Blue Lagoon is an old rock quarry that is feed by sparkling artesian springs and excellent for scuba diving. Submerged boats, planes, and platforms are strategically placed in two lagoons. There is an entry fee and it is not open to swimmers.
Some other nearby attractions include: Hearts Veterans Museum; Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex; Sam Houston National Forest; Sam Houston Statue; and the Texas Prison Museum.