Hipcamp host Mallard H.,
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There are 40 acres for tent campers to utilize.  Several locations are used more frequently than others, but campers may choose their own location.  There is NO electricity and NO running water to campsites.   There is an abundance of tall trees with accompanying wildlife, hiking trails, and more.  Potable water is available at the Mallard Pond Cabin near the entrance gate.

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There are 40 acres for tent campers to utilize.  Several locations are used more frequently than others, but campers may choose their own location.  There is NO electricity and NO running water to campsites.   There is an abundance of tall trees with accompanying wildlife, hiking trails, and more.  Potable water is available at the Mallard Pond Cabin near the entrance gate.  

PRIMITIVE CAMPING:  The are many tent sites available on the back side of the property, but there is no 'running water' or electricity to the campsites.  Electricity is available for charging devices at the Grove Shelter & Supplies.  There is an abundance of firewood due to the thickness of the forested area.  Small cleared areas are plentiful for providing isolated campsite areas.  It does provide a peaceful & private atmosphere where you can gaze at the stars and listen to the coyotes howl at the moon. There are also locations where your tent(s) can be pitched nearby your vehicle, but they are not quite as remote. There are many trees and it is easy to hang a hammock and enjoy your surroundings with a good book. Wildlife includes: deer, raccoon, squirrels, coyotes, rabbits, wild hogs, woodpeckers, possums, foxes, armadillos, snakes, turtles,lizards, skunks, frogs, hawks, and more.

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 in acknowledgement we are the 'stewards' of the land.

MALLARD HAVEN Retreat is 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.

NEARBY ACTIVITIES:

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.  Both events are predominantly bluegrass and gospel.

Campsite area
Tent sites
4 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Mallard a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 58%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Grove Camp Primitive, Mallard Haven in Texas.

Forest

Places to see near Mallard Haven Cabin-House

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Hipcamper Abigail

Weekend in the woods

Abigail D.
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(Dispersed site)
May 1st, 2022

We had a great weekend at Mallard Haven. We were the only campers and set up at campsite 1 right near the hunting cabin that has the toilet in it. The property had plenty of paths to walk during the day and we were fortunate to stumble upon some wild brambles! We enjoyed that the property was forested and the spots were very private. There is quite a distance between the two main homes and in between each site.

Very thankful for the indoor space as we had a pretty wicked storm pass through with quarter sized hail.

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Hipcamper Mallard
Response from Mallard, the Host, on May 5th, 2022

Thank you so much for your kind words and for remembering my wife Judy. We wish we could have met you in person, but she was in a Houston area hospital. We are now home and doing okay. Your comment about the bad storms and using the small cabin-shelter area --- that was our purpose- to make it accessible in cases of serious storms for tent campers. We were happy you took advantage of it. If you are in our area in the future, we hope you will return.

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Hipcamper Chris

Fun camping ever!

Chris S.
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(Dispersed site)
March 28th, 2022

OMG! The most lovely host In the world! They are amazing!!!we had so much fun! If you love camping this the place you have to try! You can see all the stars 🌟 at night and so much more! It’s a big place you can do so much! A lot out door games! Bone fires BBQ fishing 🛶 …….when it’s season you can pick up wild berries so we will come back again! Love ❤️ the host! We had a great time!!!!!

Hipcamper MARYANA
Maryana S.
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(Dispersed site)
September 27th, 2021

The property was a bit hard to find. But once we got settled in we had a great time! We had fun walking the many trails with our dogs. It was a very quiet and peaceful weekend.

Hipcamper Mallard
Response from Mallard, the Host, on March 13th, 2022

Thanks for your input. We are working on the directions. AND.. most visitors tell us they enjoy the peace & quiet times here.

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Hipcamper Matt
Matt W.
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(Dispersed site)
August 29th, 2021

A beautiful and quiet get away.

Grove Camp Primitive, Mallard Haven
Hipcamper Patrick

10/10

Patrick G.
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June 8th, 2021

Best host ever! Very nice guy, super accommodating and great communication. Best spot for the price, look no further!

Hipcamper Chris S.
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May 22nd, 2022
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March 14th, 2021
Property
Mallard Haven Cabin-House
State
Texas
Country
United States
$10/night
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