Hipcamp host Mallard H.
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Small enclosed cabin with inside toilet, small heating-cooking pot-belly stove, limited cooking utensils, cast-iron skillets, dutch ovens, campfire coffee pots, etc.  Covered front porch is perfect for sitting, talking, reading, or watching wildlife.  Several kerosene lanterns are available.


Small enclosed cabin with inside toilet, small heating-cooking pot-belly stove, limited cooking utensils, cast-iron skillets, dutch ovens, campfire coffee pots, etc.  Covered front porch is perfect for sitting, talking, reading, or watching wildlife.  Several kerosene lanterns are available.

IF -- big IF -- there are no primitive campers needing access to the toilet, one or two folding cots can be utilized in the cabin for sleeping.  There is plenty of room close to the cabin for pitching tents.  A vehicle can be driven to the remote spot and parked nearby. 

There is no running water, but there is an inside toilet with a nearby septic tank. A plastic bucket and a 55 gal drum of water is next to the cabin and is used for 'pouring' water into the toilet bowl for flushing.

There is no 'running water' or electricity there. 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 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.

Two campers included in base price, furnishing their own sleeping tent(s), or in the cabin if no other campers are on site.  For larger groups, please contact us.  Pets are allowed, but we must be notified in advance. No electricity is offered at remote campsites or the Shack-In-The Woods.    

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.


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.  

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Max length 20ft
No hookups
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Bins available
No showers
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: 20% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Mallard Shack-In-The-Woods in Texas.


The vibe at Mallard Shack-In-The-Woods

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Hipcamper Bryan
Bryan J.
recommends this listing.
November 19th, 2018

The hosts were incredibly accommodating and hospitable despite our last minute booking. It was very peaceful and the flushing restroom was a huge win. 10 out of 10 would recommend. We'll be back to check out the cabin!

Hipcamper Heather

One night get away!

Heather C.
recommends this listing.
April 30th, 2019

The hosts are super friendly. It was set to storm over night so they put me in the cabin instead so i would be better protected and everyone would rest easier. They have a few dogs that were very friendly as well. One followed my dog and I as we walked the property after getting in. Beatiful place, fantastic hosts!

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