Between Houston and Austin in Southeast Texas, Lake Somerville State Park offers a variety of recreation options. The park is composed of four units: Birch Creek Unit, Nails Creek Unit, Lake Somerville Trailway, and Somerville Public Hunting Land. With nearly 40 miles of trails to explore and a lake to fish, swim, or boat on, Lake Somerville State Park has it all!
The Trailway and most trails at Nail Creek are open to horseback riding. Camping varies between fully equipped RV sites or rustic sites along the Trailway. Many are open to those with horses, and both units have restrooms with showers.
Reservations may be made in advance by calling the park office or through the park’s website. The park is open daily and admission is $4 per day for adults, but children under 13 are free. The park is currently experiencing some closures due to flooding. Check the park’s website or call the park office for current information regarding campground and trail closures.
If you take your dog with you on your visit, they should be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times, for their safety and for the safety of local wildlife. Respect park rules and do not allow your dog to disturb wildlife or become a nuisance to other visitors. You should bring your own waste bags and always pick up after your pet.
If you go hiking with your dog, always carry enough water for both you and your pet. Also, use caution by notifying someone else where you’re going and when you expect to return. Be alert and wary of hazards on the trail. If you’re in the vicinity of Houston and Austin, you should bring your pup and check out Lake Somerville State Park. Hike the trails, stay the night, and enjoy what beautiful nature Southeast Texas has to offer.