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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day trippin' - Hunstville State Park, Texas

After being at our current "home base in Pearland for two months, we needed to get back to a bit of hiking and exploring.  Our destination- 74 miles north - Hunstville State Park.
The day use area has a very nice swimming area with a diving platform.

We forgot our picnic supplies:(

You can rent a paddle boat or a canoe for 30 bucks a day.  The lake is called Lake raven is over 200 acres, so plenty of places to paddle around to.

You can also fish to your heart's content.

We saw four great fishing piers; mostly the catch is catfish and crappie..

We did not see any alligators...but this sign is quite serious.  Also like it that they limit rods; hopefully, it detours all those people that ine up a dozen rods and hog all the pier so no one else can fish.

Question...are they teasing a gator or fishing?

Egrets like it here.

A few small creeks and streams run throughout the park, so it is nice to have these walkways.  Besides not getting our shoes muddy, it helps preserve the terrain.
This hike we wandered off on  was called Prairie Branch Loop- 1.5 miles.  Half of it ran along the shoreline of the lake.  There were a few hills on the trail, but it was an easy walk suitable for kids and old folks:)  There are quite a few other trails in this park that we will have to go back and walk- The Dogwood Trail so named for the dogwoods which should be pretty in the spring.  The Triple C trail is an 8.5 mile hike and encounters a lot of up and down terrain.  Guess we will be going back for a weekend stay at least.

A great screened shelter campsite, close to a fishing pier and trails. They rent for 30 bucks a night.  This was our favorite one.

I think we can fit our fifth wheel right here though...has a nice view of the lake to the right, and it has full hookups for 25 bucks a night.

Overall, a great state park to visit and spend a weekend at.  There were tons of primitive tent sites and sites with just water and electric. Besides the fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking opportunities, they have a  great nature center to visit and even the option to rent horses for trail rides. 

and yes, pets are allowed, on leash...

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