Pack 55 - Fall Campout
Stephen F. Austin State Park
November 1-3, 2013
Approximately 45 miles from St John the Divine Church.
1. Travel west on Interstate 10 to FM 1458 (just before Sealy).
2. Turn right (north) on FM 1458.
3. After less than 2 miles on FM 1458, you will enter the town of San Felipe, and turn left on Park Road 38.
If you cross the river, you have gone too far.
4. The park entrance in less that 1 mile on Park Road 38.
Map of the park (in PDF): click to download
Please check-in at the ranger station upon arrival. You are required to pay a small fee and get a windshield sticker for your vehicle. Sites have been pre-assigned by den. Ask for your assigned site at the ranger station by giving your den number.
All sites have water and electricity. Please observe the rules on where you can park you car. You may need to unload your gear, and then move your car to a parking area.
Activities at the park:
Fishing, historical tours, and nature hikes. The historical tours usually are held at 1:00p on Saturday and last 30-60 minutes.
History of the park:
Stephen F. Austin State Park and San Felipe State Historic Site is on 663 acres in Austin County. The park opened in 1940.
Twelve acres of the park are set aside in honor of the area's past. Located on the Brazos River, adjoining the old ferry site and a part of the Commercio Plaza de San Felipe, this is the site of the township of San Felipe, the seat of government of the Anglo-American colonies in Texas. It was here Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas," brought the first 297 families to colonize Texas under a contract with the Mexican Government. From 1824 to 1836, San Felipe de Austin was the social, economic, and political center, as well as the capital of the American colonies in Texas. Due to the many historic events that occurred here, the community acquired the reputation "Cradle of the Texas Liberty." Also, the conventions of 1832 and 1833 and the Consultation of 1835 were held here. These meetings eventually led to the Texas Declaration of Independence. San Felipe was the home of Austin and other famous early Texans; the home of Texas' first Anglo newspaper (The Texas Gazette, founded in 1829); the home of the postal system of Texas origination and the setting for the beginning of the Texas Rangers.
Click HERE for the Stephen F. Austin State Park website which has additional information about the park, facilities and activities.