Where to Hike Part 2

Where to go hiking near Houston

Nestled in the heart of the Piney Woods of Texas, Huntsville State Park is a hidden gem that offers a mesmerizing escape into nature’s embrace.  Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a weekend adventurer, this park promises a tranquil retreat and outdoor adventures that will leave you in awe of the Lone Star State’s natural beauty.  And just north of Houston, it’s easy to get to.

The Great Piney Woods:

The park’s crown jewel is undoubtedly the majestic pine forests that surround you as soon as you enter. Towering loblolly and shortleaf pines cast cooling shadows on the hiking trails, creating an enchanting atmosphere that invites you to wander deeper into the wilderness.

Hiking and Biking Adventures:

With over 21 miles of trails to explore, Huntsville State Park caters to every type of adventurer. For a leisurely stroll, the Dogwood Trail is a favorite, winding through the woods and bringing you to the serene waters of Lake Raven. If you’re up for a more challenging hike, the Chinquapin Trail offers a longer journey with diverse terrain and even more picturesque views.  

Always be prepared to hike a bit longer than your plan just in case you take a wrong turn or th trail doesn’t quite match the map.  The map for the Chinquapin trail says it’s 6.9 miles but I don’t think I’ve done it in under 7.9.

After you hike, cool off in Lake Raven or to take a scenic kayak paddle. You can rent kayaks in the park.  As we mentioned in the wildlife tip, there ARE alligators in this lake and you’re likely to see them every time you visit.

canoes and kayaks on Lake Raven in Huntsville State Park, Huntsville, Texas.