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 ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Bins available
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: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 23% off
  • Response time: Within 24 hours
  • Response rate: 60%


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


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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 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 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 Jason

A nice weekend away from it all

Jason D.
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2019

This was a great spot for families wanting to have a get away from everything. Me. Fell was a great host and showed us the cabin and assisted us from helping the kids fish to ensuring the trash was taken out. A personable and polite person that I would defiantly would do business with again in the future.

Hipcamper Mallard
Response from Mallard, the Host, on November 13th, 2019

Thank you for your comments. We really try to 'assist' folks that visit and help them relax and have a good, enjoyable time. Hope to see you again.

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Hipcamper Emily

Cozy cabin nestled in tall trees!

Emily A.
recommends this listing.
July 26th, 2019

We had an incredible time at Mallard Haven! The rustic cabin is cozy with tons of beds to choose from. The kitchen has everything you’d need to prepare meals. We spent most of our time on the darling porch fishing; giant bluegill and bass are plentiful! The kids loved the paddle boat. Two friendly dogs live onsite. There is a giant fire ring with tons of wood provided. The night sky is very dark and excellent for star-gazing. You could spend your whole time exploring this massive property and all its hidden ponds. We drove to Ratcliff Lake in the Davy Crockett National Forest for a day of swimming, and highly suggest the side trip. We can’t wait to return to Mallard Haven!

More giant bluegill!The pond was gorgeous and peaceful. Snug little cabin. Giant bluegill!
Hipcamper Mallard
Response from Mallard, the Host, on November 13th, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. We are so happy you and your family had such a pleasurable time here. We try to provide an atmosphere that provides both adults and children of time of fun, relaxation, and memory-making. Hope to see you again.

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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 Ryan
Ryan H.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2018

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

Hipcamper Alice

Great country living experience!

Alice I.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2019

Great for the country living experience. My kids love the out doors so this home and property was perfect. Fishing was a hit and kids loved the paddle boat and canoe. The property is in a great location and safe trails for kids. Our ages 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and 1. :) Can’t forget the camp fire for S’mores! Yum! Large log sitting and plenty of chairs for outdoor. Thank you again for a great experience. We will definitely come visit again.

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Hipcamper Mallard
Response from Mallard, the Host, on November 13th, 2019

Thanks for the kind remarks. We enjoyed having you and your family visit and look forward to seeing you in the future. Come back again.

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Hipcamper Kelsy


Kelsy M.
recommends this listing.
November 10th, 2019

We loved it!!!!! Can't wait to go back. The place was extremely clean and comfortable. The hosts were very polite and hospitable. Very secluded.

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