Stephen F. Austin State Park is located in San Felipe, TX (pronounced san fillup) along the banks of the Brazos River. We are only 7 miles north of IH-10 and 15 miles from the city limits of Katy, TX and Ft. Bend County. Folks coming in from Northwest Harris County can take a leisurely drive thru The Katy Prairie for a quick visit to the park. <click on map to view PDF>
Stephen F. Austin State park maintains five different types of overnight facilities for the extended stay adventurers and a day use area for picnics and group gatherings. SFA SP also boasts over 6 miles of hike & bike trails, a nature trail, interpretive nature center and park store.
Stephen F. Austin State was deeded to the Texas Parks and Wildlife from the San Felipe de Austin in Corporation in 1940. The park’s 600+ acres offered many outdoor activities including a nine hole golf course. A 12 acre portion of the park down river was set aside as San Felipe de Austin State historic site. In 2008 the Historic Site was transferred from TPWD to The Texas Historical Commission. The Stephen F. Austin Golf Course was sold to a private group and is now The Stephen F. Austin Golf Club.
WHAT TO DO
Visitors to the park are greeted with a variety of outdoor activities for the young and young at heart. There are over 6 miles of hike and bike trails here. A portion of the trails were developed by the Greater Houston Mountain Bike Association (GHORBA). A short interpretive Nature Trail can be found in the middle of the park property. For wildlife viewers, over 200 species of birds have been documented in the parks as well as numerous kinds of furry creatures like deer, raccoon, fox and squirrel. Of course we cannot fail to mention the numerous camping and overnight facilities within the park. Stephen F. Austin State Park offers everything from full hook-up RV spaces, shady tent sites with water to primitive walk-in tent sites. There are 19 primitive screened shelters and an ADA compliant furnished modern shelter. We also have a group barracks and adjacent dining hall and a screened group shelter with tent camping. Fisherman can try their luck for a lunker catfish in the Brazos. Visitors are also welcome to participate in any of the Ranger Programs offered throughout the year. If that isn’t enough there is also basketball and volleyball courts inside the park as well as a swing set and play area for your enjoyment.