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STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE PARK

Stephen F. Austin State Park.
Stephen F. Austin State Park in Austin County offers visitors the opportunity to see area wildlife. Courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE PARK. Stephen F. Austin State Park is off Farm Road 1458 just east of Sealy in Austin County. The 473-acre park, named after the well-known empresario Stephen F. Austin, is situated on a scenic bend of the Brazos River. and is near the original site of the historic community of San Felipe, which served as the seat of government for the Austin colony and was the location of the conventions of 1832 and 1833 and the Consultation of 1835. The area, including the San Felipe site, was given to the state in 1940 by the San Felipe de Austin Corporation and the San Felipe Park Association. Nothing of the original settlement now remains, but the town well, an early general store and museum, and a monument and statue of Stephen F. Austin mark the historic site. On January 1, 2008, operational control of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site was transferred from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Texas Historical Commission, thereby reducing the acreage of the state park, which remained under the control of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 

The park’s heavily-wooded bottomland is home to a wide variety of animals, including deer, raccoons, skunks, armadillos, opossums, foxes, and squirrels. Among the facilities are picnic areas and playgrounds, six miles of hiking and biking trails, campsites, group lodging, and dining and recreation halls. The park offers interpretive programs as well as an annual summer youth camp.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Ray Miller, Texas Parks (Houston: Cordovan, 1984). Stephen F. Austin State Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/stephen-f-austin), accessed September 15, 2016.

Christopher Long, rev. by Laurie E. Jasinski

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Handbook of Texas Online, Christopher Long, rev. by Laurie E. Jasinski, "Stephen F. Austin State Park," accessed September 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/gks09.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on September 15, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.