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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, heating & A/C, and even a

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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, 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.  

Accommodation provided
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 22 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Firewood provided, fire ring, charcoal grill
Toilet available
Flush toilet
Pets allowed
On leash
Showers available
Hot water
Bins available
Trash bin
No picnic table
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: 23% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Mallard Pond Cabin in Texas.


Places to see near Mallard Haven Cabin-House

Mission Tejas State Park
Mission Tejas State Park
16 miles way Explore
Fairfield Lake State Park
Fairfield Lake State Park
35 miles way Explore
Fort Parker State Park
Fort Parker State Park
59 miles way Explore
Purtis Creek State Park
Purtis Creek State Park
61 miles way Explore
Tyler State Park
Tyler State Park
64 miles way Explore
Huntsville State Park
Huntsville State Park
65 miles way Explore
Lake Livingston State Park
Lake Livingston State Park
70 miles way Explore
Sam Houston National Forest
Sam Houston National Forest
71 miles way Explore
Martin Creek Lake State Park
Martin Creek Lake State Park
74 miles way Explore
Angelina National Forest
Angelina National Forest
76 miles way Explore
Lake Tawakoni State Park
Lake Tawakoni State Park
92 miles way Explore
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
94 miles way Explore
Sabine National Forest
Sabine National Forest
97 miles way Explore
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Waco Mammoth National Monument
97 miles way Explore

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Hipcamper Carter
Carter C.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2018

Our stay at Mallard Haven was so great. Allan could not have bene more excited to show us around the property and Judy was the most hospitable of hosts. They have pretty extensive property, which I road around in a golf cart to go see. We stayed in the cabin, but camping areas are endless and the little shack in the woods is a great, private getaway. The cabin was filled with lots of luxuries - for someone living on the road, A/C, hot water, and clean towels are just gold. I will absolutely be back the next time I am going through southeast Texas.

The fish seemingly never go hungry because of the enjoyment of feeding them stale breadThere is unique Texas charm all over the placePups hanging out by the great dockHandfeeding longhorns marking off all of the Texas stereotypes
Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan H.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2018

Had a great time. Very private and relaxing. Hosts were excellent!

Hipcamper Suzanna G.
recommends this listing.
February 18th, 2018
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