Huntsville and the Piney Woods
“Where a Warm Welcome Awaits”
Huntsville, the county seat of Walker County and home of Sam Houston State University, is located in the East Texas Piney Woods and approximately one hour north of Houston, along Interstate 45. Aside from being a short drive away from the city of Houston and all that it has to offer, Huntsville and its surrounding areas are home to several attractions and a strong community of friendly people.
Sam Houston State University is located in the heart of Huntsville’s tall trees and rolling hills, while being a short drive from local museums, parks, lakes, and historical sites.
Adjacent to the campus of Sam Houston State University lays the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Sam Houston Woodland home, which are named for and highlight the life of and impact made by The Republic of Texas’ first President. Also located within Huntsville’s city limits, just a few blocks from downtown and the historic Main Street district, is the gravesite of General Sam Houston. Just South of town, along Interstate 45, is “A Tribute To Courage.” This is the name of the 67-foot-tall statue of Sam Houston, which is the tallest in the country of an American hero.
For those that desire to enjoy the natural beauty of the Piney Woods, there is an abundance of options. Huntsville State Park, which consists of over 2,000 acres and 19 miles of hike and bike trails, is home to Lake Raven, plentiful campsites, and environmental education classes and activities. Sam Houston National Forest, one of four national forests in Texas, is also nearby. The National Forest is home to hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and boating areas. There is an abundance of wildlife and foliage throughout the park, along with several recreational options. Two spacious lakes, Lake Livingston and Lake Conroe, are located within the Sam Houston National Forest and are a short drive from Huntsville. For those wishing to get in a round of golf while visiting Sam Houston State University, Raven Nest Golf Club is only minutes away from campus, along the West side of Interstate 45. Offering multiple tee options, the course is designed for golfers of all skill-levels and is surrounded by native trees and rolling hills.
While staying in Huntsville, there are several dining options recommended and supported by Sam Houston State University. For a nice, relaxing sit-down meal featuring comfort food or a taste of Tex-Mex, Bandera Grill is a local favorite. Murski’s, which features grilled foods such as hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, is another sit-down option and is just around the corner from Sam Houston State. If pizza is what you are looking for, Domino’s, Double Dave’s, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut are all great options in Huntsville. For something quicker, Quizno’s, Schlotzky’s,Taco Bell, and Whataburger, are all easily accessible. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try out the newly opened Spoons Yogurt. We hope you support these businesses, as they support Bearkat athletics. Don't forget to mention who sent you, "SHSU Athletics," as many of our partners provide discounts or incentives for being a Bearkat fan!
Other Huntsville Related Links:
Huntsville Chamber of Commerce
Huntsville State Park
Huntsville Visitors Guide
Raven Nest Golf Club
Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Sam Houston National Forest
Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston Statue