State parks, historic sites in the Greater Houston area close under Gov. Greg Abbott's order

Sheldon State Park, along with other state parks across Texas, will temporarily close at 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Sheldon State Park, along with other state parks across Texas, will temporarily close at 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

Sheldon State Park, along with other state parks across Texas, will temporarily close at 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced via a news release April 7 that state parks and historic sites should be temporarily closed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The order, carried out by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission, affects several parks and sites in the Greater Houston area and will cause them to close beginning 5 p.m. April 7. The sites can reopen at the direction of the governor, according to the release.


Here are some state parks and historic sites in and around the Greater Houston area that will close to the public due to Abbott's order.

  • Huntsville State Park, 565 Park Road 40 W., Huntsville

  • Lake Livingston State Park, 300 Park Road 65, Livingston

  • Sheldon Lake State Park, 14140 Garrett Road, Houston

  • Battleship Texas State Historic Site, 3523 Independence Parkway S., LaPorte

  • Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville

  • Stephen F. Austin State Park, Park Road 38, San Felipe

  • Galveston Island State Park, 14901 FM 3005, Galveston

  • Fanthrop Inn State Historic Site, 579 S. Main St., Anderson

  • San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, 220 Second St., San Felipe

  • San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, 3523 Independence Parkway S., La Porte

  • Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12, Washington

By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.