Huntsville State Park

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Huntsville
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Trails have good signs at trail junctions and at half-mile intervals. (Photo by kcameron)
Boardwalk across Alligator Branch along the north part of the Chinquapin Trail (Photo by kcameron)
North end of Lake Raven as viewed from the Alligator Branch boardwalk (Photo by kcameron)
Halfway point of the Chinquapin Trail. Mile markers appear at half-mile intervals. (Photo by kcameron)
Trail across Lake Raven dam. Spillway is at opposite end. (Photo by kcameron)
View across Lake Raven taken from bench at north end of dam. (Photo by kcameron)
The spillway is at the southern end of the dam. The trail across the dam is visible on the other side of the spillway. (Photo by kcameron)
Boardwalk crossing Big Chinquapin Creek (Photo by kcameron)
Scenic park (Photo by CedrHillr)
Nice trails for group hikes (Photo by jmitchell)
Group hike (part of the group) (Photo by jmitchell)
Fun with kids (Photo by jlklw55)
big big copperhead (Photo by jlklw55)
This is the sign at the entrance of the park. (Photo by Lone_Star)
This is the Lake Raven spillway. You can hike across it. (Photo by Lone_Star)
This is a view of Lake Raven as seen from the orange (Chinquapin) trail. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Some trails are narrow and wind through the woods. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The orange (Chinquapin) trail takes you across the dam and provides scenic views of Lake Raven. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Many of the trails are wide and long. (Photo by Lone_Star)
This did not last long. (Photo by Eveline)
View of the trail. (Photo by Eveline)
Log Entries
Great park to hike
By Missgirlwonder on 12/27/2015
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A

It's a bit farther from me, but worth it. I like to go in the mornings when almost no one is there. I take teddy and we usually go along the Chinquapin trail. There's lots of photo ops for those of you with DSLRs. It's not a hard hike, but lots of mileage if you wish. 

Great place to hike
By Eveline on 7/20/2014
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

It was a little hot and humid but we had plenty of shade.  Nicely marked trails.

Time With An Old Friend
By Lone_Star on 5/18/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 20.30 Miles Duration: 8 hours, 30 minutes

The last time I hiked Huntsville State Park was in 2008 when my dad was still alive.  He came along with me and sat in the car while I hiked.  It's been over 5 years since I've hiked Huntsville, so coming back was like spending time with an old friend.  It also brought back many fond memories of my father.

Huntsville is a good place to get some distance hiking in.  The views are not spectacular, but it's still nice to be in these woods.  Nice trees.  There are some scenic parts down near Lake Raven and this park is also inhabited by the endangered and elusive pileated woodpecker.

The trails are color-coded and well-marked.  The trail map they provide you at the park HQ is very good.  One problem with the way this park is laid out, though, is that there aren't many cut-off trails.  So, once you get on a trail, you're committed to it.  This comment is especially pertinent to new hikers or hikers that are accustomed to shorter hikes.  If you hike 3.5 miles down one of these trails and get tired, it's another 3.5 miles back.

This park has some small hills so you periodically get some elevation training, but it is nothing major.  If you decide to stay for a few days, this park has some great camping spots, too.

I do not have any photos to upload this time since I forgot to take my camera.

Chinquapin trail w/ Anita and Willow
By wtbeauregard on 5/2/2009
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours
SHORT, FUN TRAIL
By jlklw55 on 4/12/2009
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

We had fun on this trail. First go left and walk down by the lake. We saw three (2-3ft) allagators on the shore line. lots of other wild life too. Lots of differnt birds, (sorry not a bird person cant tell you what kind, but pretty) beaver, snakes, (grass, king, rat, and big big copperhead about 5.5 feet or more) kids enjoyed it so much we went back 3 times. camp sites are good with clean bathrooms. easy but fun hike.

Nice hike, well maintained trails
By jmitchell on 11/9/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Nice hike, well maintained trails, beautiful hike and weather. Bayou City Outdoors (Houston) used this hike as a warm-up for our 2008 Thanksgiving trip to Big Bend

By smc88 on 10/14/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Maps were easy to read and trails well marked.  The scenery was a little redundunt.  The terrain however was great. Although it is Texas there was plenty of elevation change which made for a great workout.

Piney area
By CedrHillr on 9/13/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 minute

Lots of tall pines .  We don't have this kind of scenery around Dallas so really enjoyed it being something dfiferent.  However many people here, wouldn't be a place for solitude IMO.

Bikers and Hikers Everywhere
By kcameron on 3/8/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Although the day started cool, it soon warmed up, and people flocked to the park. As we hiked the Chinquapin Trail around the park, we probably encountered no fewer than 75 people, including 3 groups of at least 10 people each.

Despite the traffic on the trails, we did enjoy this hike. The trails are well-marked and maintained, and we encountered no problems. Numerous roots on the trail are probably the worst thing about this trail, and they are not bad at all.

This is a typical hike through the woods. The only unique features would be the numerous boardwalks (2 in the northern part of the hike, and another across Big Chinquapin Creek) and the lake, including the dam and spillway.

If anyone else hikes this trail, I would like to get their impression of the area just north of where the Chinquapin Trail intersects the Triple C Cutoff just north of the dam. There seemed to be a depression there where the trail dipped down for perhaps 100 yards or more. The trees and underbrush were more dense there, it seemed; very little sunlight filtered down there.

For others who might be considering this trail, pack a lunch and plan to eat at the spillway. On the south side of the spillway is a picnic table with a good view of the lake; it's a good spot for lunch.

Beautiful Park, Beautiful Trails
By Lone_Star on 2/7/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 15.00 Miles Duration: 5 hours

I really enjoyed hiking this particular park.  Overall, the trails were well-marked and in great condition.  There was a lot of sights to see in a forest setting.

I parked at the Ranger Station at the entrance of the Park and took the Chinquapin Trail down to the marshy area of Alligator Branch.  After crossing the walkway, I took the CCC trail along the periphery of the park.  I saw a family and a mountain biker.

As I came around the park, I decided to take the CCC Cutoff Trail down to the dam on Lake Raven.  This was a good call as it provided a spectacular view of the lake.  I had a short lunch break here and then moved on.

I was very impressed at how well the park trails were marked throughout the park, except for one point.  This was in the area of the Chinquapin Cutoff near Prairie Branch Creek.  Somehow I got back on the CCC trail heading north, but rather than backtrack I decided to take the CCC Cutoff Trail again down to the dam. On this second trip, I took a different trail which got me on to where I wanted to be (Chinquapin Cutoff Trail).

From there, I took the Chinquapin Trail to the CCC Trail which took me across Little Chinquapin Creek and along the southern park boundary.  I hiked along the panhandle section of the park back towards the Ranger Station.

Since I was enjoying myself so much and I had some extra daylight to spare, I decided to take the Chinquapin Trail again to where it joins the Dogwood Trail.  I took this along the Prairie Branch Loop trail down to the camping areas near the lodge on Lake Raven.  By then it was late in the day so I headed back along the Dogwood Trail back towards the Nature Center and the Park Entrance.

Although the park was extremely beautiful, I was really surprised at the lack of wildlife.  Aside from a few birds, I did not see any animals.  There were a few bikers and joggers, but overall the park was fairly empty which made for a very tranquil hike.

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