Stephen F. Austin State Park is set to host the inaugural ‘Fall Forest Fest’ in commemoration of 100 years of Texas State Parks. The event, organized by the non-profit Charitable Heroes Achieving Memorable Performances (C.H.A.M.P), will take place on October 14, 2023, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The primary objective of the event is to reintroduce the local community of Austin County to the park while fostering a connection between both new and returning visitors and the park’s natural environment. Park Superintendent Marcy Martinez emphasized that the goal is to deliver an educational and enjoyable experience for all participants.

Themed around a “spooky forest,” the Fall Forest Fest promises family-friendly activities, including a haunted trail, myth-busting programs, live animal exhibits, and other nature-centric engagements. These activities are aimed at linking the neighboring communities to the rich natural resources present within the park. Notably, the park will be waiving entrance fees for day-use visitors, encouraging families to spend quality time at the event.

Covering a land area of 473 acres, Stephen F. Austin State Park falls under the management of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The park’s purpose is multifaceted, encompassing the conservation of both natural and cultural resources, provision of recreational and educational opportunities, and the nurturing of an understanding of Texas’ diverse lands and heritage across generations.

For additional information regarding Stephen F. Austin State Park or inquiries about this event, interested parties can contact Vinnie Mercado at (979) 885-3613 or via email at [email protected]. Alternatively, more information can be accessed through the official Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website at Furthermore, updates about the event can be followed on the park’s Facebook and Instagram pages.