Hiking Huntsville State Park

Huntsville State Park - MarshesHuntsville State Park is a 2,000+ acre wooded recreational area, six miles southwest of Huntsville, Texas, and the Sam Houston National Forest.  From 1937 to 1942, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 1823(CV), made improvements to the site, including construction of a combination of buildings.  Huntsville State Park offers a great deal of activities: camping, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and more. With over 21 miles of trails you can can be entertained for days.

My family and I decided to start this year off with a nice half day hike and went along the Chinquapin trail taking us about 4 hours.  The trail encircles most of the park, traveling over the marshes and along the lake side.  Due to the time of the year the wildlife was pretty much absent from our brief time there.

Huntsville State Park - FamilyThe trail was a little challenging for my youngest ( 6 years ), we had to help him towards the end of the trail.   The evaluation changes were mild with a few switchbacks.  The path was cleared nicely, the roots from the trees lent themselves as nice steps.  Most of the trail is covered by the tree’s canopy, we went at the end of January, besides some of the evergreens it was a little thinned.  You also have the option to bike on this trail, I would say you need have some experience at minimum, beginners might find some of the stretches a little challenging.  
We’ll be going on the Dogwood Trail and Prairie Branch Loop next.  This park is a must visit if you like a good outdoor adventure and are in the neighborhood.

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