As the first colony in the state of Texas, Stephen F. Austin State Park provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature or a quiet and peaceful outdoor recreation area. Visitors to the park may enjoy camping, hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking, and more. The park has around six miles of trails to hike and bike.
Overnight guests can select from a variety of camping options, from tent sites to pull-through or full-hookup RV sites. There is also group camping, a mini-cabin, screened shelters, and a screened dining hall. Primitive fishing is allowed from the riverbank on the Brazos River. Fishing requires a short hike, but you do not need a permit to fish from shore.
Admission to Stephen F. Austin State Park is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Stephen F. Austin State Park is normally open daily. However, due to recent storm damage, the park is currently operating at reduced hours. Some facilities in the park may be closed. Contact the park office by phone or visit the park website for current information and availability.
Day-use hours are from 8 AM to 5 PM only. Campers and overnight guests who arrive after the entrance gate closes at 10 PM must contact the park office during regular hours to get the gate code. If the office is closed, there is a self-pay station. If you plan to bring your dog to Stephen F. Austin State Park, always follow posted park rules and guidelines.
Keep your pet under physical control, such as inside a crate or on a leash no more than six feet long. Just like with all other Texas state parks or public recreation areas, bring waste bags and clean up after your pet. Do not forget to bring sufficient water for yourself and your dog, especially if you are hiking.
Do not bring aggressive dogs or those that bark excessively. Bring proof of current rabies vaccine, and never leave pets unattended. If you are near Houston and looking to enjoy a variety or wildlife and beautiful scenery, bring your family and furry companions to Stephen F. Austin State Park.