Hipcamp host Mallard H.,
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Mallard Haven Retreat is located off US 287, between Palestine on the north and Crockett on the south.  

MALLARD POND CABIN: This is a two bedroom, two bath house that is not modern, but functional. It includes a large gathering room, a fully-equipped kitchen, a 'sleeping porch' with bunk beds & more, a fire-pit in back, several BBQ grills, heati


Mallard Haven Retreat is located off US 287, between Palestine on the north and Crockett on the south.  

MALLARD POND CABIN: This is a two bedroom, two bath house that is not modern, but functional. It includes a large gathering room, a fully-equipped kitchen, a 'sleeping porch' with bunk beds & more, a fire-pit in back, several BBQ grills, heating & A/C, and even a washer/drier(at a small extra charge). It is located on a decent-sized pond, stocked with some fish, along with availability of a canoe and a paddle-boat.

The retreat and associated activities are part of our overall program, which is to provide a refuge away from the frantic pace of daily life. We are somewhat sequestered from the outside world so as to provide immersion in the sights and sounds of nature. The setting is designed to be a place for relaxation and restoration of the soul and body through reading, journaling, quiet reflection, or simple camp activities such as hiking.

Campers and visitors are expected to respect the land and natural features of the property as a gift from our Creator to be used and appreciated. We treat the property carefully and honorably, in acknowledgment we are the 'stewards' of the land.

MALLARD HAVEN Retreatis located in the Piney Woods area of East Texas and offers 40 acres of availability. Owners live on property. (Usually with 3 or 4 dogs and 2 or 3 calves, an occasional cat, and occasional chickens) There are five (5) spring-fed ponds. A Texas Fishing License is required (exception for small children catching very small fish for throw-back.) The area is thickly populated with pine trees, oak trees, sweetgum, and sassafras. Sassafras is easy to use for making a wonderful tea drink. There are several hiking trails, but biking is usually not possible due to the sandy soil. ATV's & similar motorized vehicles are not permitted. In late spring, wild blackberries (AKA: dew-berries) are thickly available and visitors may help 'pick' for an agreed split.

Mallard Haven Retreat is operated by Haven Ministries, Inc. It is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas.  Mallard Haven Retreat is also available for small groups for family reunions, youth groups, or church fellowships. Other services offered include memorable campfire programs, camp recreation and competition activities, airsoft games, and much more. Large 'party-style' tents (with or without sides) are available for large groups or activities. Contact us well in advance for these 'extra' services so as to not conflict with individual campers.


Shopping & stores (Walmart, Tractor Supply, Kroger, fast-foods, antique shops, Walgreen, CVS, etc) are available in both Palestine &Crockett. Palestine is the County Seat of Anderson County and is about 30-45 minutes driving time north. Crockett is the County Seat of Houston County and is also about 30-45 minutes away south. Quick,limited grocery items, gas, post office, etc are available in nearby Elkhart & Grapeland.

The historic CADDO MOUNDS and portions of the EL CAMINO REAL National Historic Trail are east, near Alto – about an hour drive time. The Caddo Mounds is a State Historic Site and hosts various activities during the year such as the El Camino Real del Los Tejas Festival. This features re-enactors, pioneer skills, archeology activities,crafts, games, music, and more. The Caddo Mounds were built by Hasinai Indians about 1,200 years ago and feature remains of a large village and ceremonial center.

Mission Tejas State Park is also nearby and is passed up by most visitors. The park was first established in 1935 and hosts numerous learning and frontier activities throughout the year. It also includes an abundance of hiking trails. A replica Spanish Mission was built by the CCC and is on the site of the historic original location. There are Park Rangers that help with living history demonstrations,interaction for kids, and much more.

Nearby Grapeland hosts music festivals on Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend at the Salmon Lake Park. A Gospel Music Festival in held over the Memorial Day Weekend and a Bluegrass Festival is held Labor Day Weekend.  

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 13 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Mallard a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 24 hours


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Hipcamper roxanne

Cozy country relaxing place. off gr

Roxanne J.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2021

Very friendly owners, cozy comfy place, country relaxing atmosphere, fun feeding the fish in the pond, lots of areas to hike and wander around, fire pit and bbq area,i recommend this place for couples or families to just away and relax.

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Hipcamper Robert
Robert J.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2020

This was my second time there, an absolutely amazing comfortable place. The hostess was perfect, kind. Beautiful place I can't wait to come back

Hipcamper David

Secluded comfortable cabin

David H.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2020

Cabin was roomy and well equipped. Hosts were very friendly and helpful. Our kids want to move there. A perfect getaway for our family.

Hipcamper Stephanie
Stephanie M.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2020

The kids didn't want to leave. I slept very well. It had everything we needed. We will definitely return.

Hipcamper Kelly

A good ol fashioned cabin

Kelly M.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2020

Hosts were very nice and welcoming. Cabin brought back many pleasant memories and felt just like your grandparents/unlce's place you visited and loved as a kid. Plenty of beds and pretty much everything you need is there. Nothing fancy but very homely and relaxing place to just kick back. Some nice state parks/forests nearby to go hiking.

Hipcamper Victoria

Peaceful quiet cabin getaway

Victoria F.
recommends this listing.
March 1st, 2020

Was an amazing getaway for me and my husband. The cabin was so peaceful on a pond and had everything we needed! The owners came over to say hi and were so nice and welcoming. We recommend to anyone who wants a quiet getaway.

Hipcamper Mallard
Response from Mallard, the Host, on March 5th, 2020

Thank you for your kind words. We enjoyed your visit.

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Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa S.
recommends this listing.
February 24th, 2020

Great property. Very out in the woods feel, which was what I was looking for. Friendly longhorn welcomed us.

Hipcamper Allyn

Isolated cabin surrounded by nature

Allyn B.
recommends this listing.
February 24th, 2020

We stayed in the cabin and it was lovely and perfect. The husband, dog and I just wanted a weekend away from the city. This hit the spot! There were lots of trails to go exploring and fishing in the pond if you wanted. There was also a closet full of board games and cards, which we took full advantage of! The hosts came over to greet us and stayed for a chat. It really was the most lovely peaceful weekend.

Hipcamper Gisele

True definition of unplug & reboot

Gisele J.
recommends this listing.
January 13th, 2020

Mallard Haven is a pristine and secluded getaway located on the outskirts of Davy Crockett National forest. It is absolutely perfect for groups looking to find a connection with nature. That being said, prepare for about a 30-40 minute beautiful "off road" driving through natural forest landscapes to get to the location. I drove my Kia Soul and made it just fine, although in inclement weather perhaps not.
My arrival was breathtaking, and only made better by a greeting from the cows. As I arrived to the rustic cabin, I just felt everything melt away. It's EXTREMELY well stocked & has 8 beds, plus cots and plenty of room to spread out. It has the "going to grandmas" kind of charm. There's an adjacent pond for fishing, large deck equipped for summer cookouts, a "backyard" with fire pit, swings, and "forest trails". The hosts were very accomodating, even with a packed schedule.

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