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Huntsville, Texas

Huntsville was founded as an Indian trading post in 1836, the year of Texas independence. Sam Houston was one of many prominent early Texans who lived here.

Today Huntsville is yours to explore. Adventures begin here in one of Texas' oldest cities. It's the location of the headquarters of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division, and home of Sam Houston State University. Well kept, restored turn-of-the-century homes dot the city. The historic downtown area, a Texas Main Street City, is home to a variety of antique, and arts and crafts shops.

Be sure to see the beautiful mural of Sam Houston by architectural illusionist Richard Haas on the northeastern edge of the square. The annual "Fair on the Square" festival is held the first Saturday in October.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Huntsville, TX

Discovery Place

Rotating displays geared for children, but adults enjoy, too!...

Texas Forestry Museum

Early logging machinery, sawmill town exhibit, wildland fire fighting equipment and fire tower, old railroad depot, antique r...

Caddo Lake State Park

480 acres beside Caddo Lake; an area once occupied by Caddo Indians, a tribe quite advanced in civilization. Camping areas, t...

Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden

Texas' largest azalea garden features more than 6,500 azaleas spread over eight forested acres. The garden is located south o...

B.A. Steinhagen Lake Fishing

B.A. Steinhagen Lake comprises approximately 10,000 surface acres. The lake is officially listed at 13,800 surface acres, bu...