Huntsville, Texas is a town full of history, beautiful outdoors and downtown charm. It is the county seat of Walker County. Strategically located on a major travel and commerce corridor, Interstate Highway 45, Huntsville is approximately 70 miles north of Houston and approximately 150 miles south of Dallas. An added bonus is Walker County’s close proximity to George Bush Intercontinental Airport which is only about 70 miles south of Huntsville.
With an area of about 802 square miles, Walker County, Texas is home to the cities of Huntsville, New Waverly and Riverside. The national protected area of Sam Houston National Forest and Texas’ Huntsville State Park are also located within the county. Rolling hills and a mixture of pine and hardwood trees, often referred to as the Piney Woods, give a beautifully distinct look to the area. Major highways I-45, US 190, SH 19, SH 30 and SH 75 converge in the Huntsville area.
The Huntsville Cultural District, centered in the downtown area of the city, features a variety of museums, art galleries and studios, historic homes, cultural events and festivals, antiquing and unique eateries.
Sam Houston State University and the headquarters of Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) are located in Huntsville, Texas. Founded in 1879, SHSU has an undergraduate enrollment of 18,473. TDCJ and SHSU are the primary employers in the county and provide jobs and economic stability to the region
The Region offers much to the outdoor enthusiasts with access to Lake Conroe, Lake Livingston and the Trinity River and also numerous parks, hiking and wildlife trails. There is a public golf course, Raven Nest Golf Course, and a 27-hole private golf course at Elkins Lake Country Club, both located in Huntsville, Texas.