Sam Houston National Forest
Texas Attractions: Sam Houston National Forest
Location: North of Houston (see description)
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About Sam Houston National Forest:
Sam Houston National Forest is one of four national forests in Texas. It covers an area of 163,037 acres about 50 miles north of Houston, located in the area between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland and Richards, in Montgomery, San Jacinto and Walker counties. The Sam Houston National Forest office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and is located in New Waverly on FM 1375 (two miles west of I-45).
When visiting the Sam Houston National Forest, be aware at all times to avoid poisonous snakes and alligators. Also know that private timberland and many small farms and other private property exists within the forest.
Recreation opportunies abound in the forest, such as camping, hiking, fishing and bird watching. Tent camping is available at the Stubblefield Lake Campground and the primitive Kelly's Pond Campground. The Cagle Recreation Area provides full-service RV camping.
The 128-mile-long Lone Star Hiking Trail is split into three sections for shorter outings, each with various loops that provide much shorter hikes for those not equipped or interested in a days-long hike or backpacking trip.
The Little Lake Creek Wilderness and Big Creek Scenic Area are other popular stops in this vast wilderness. There is obviously much to see and do in and around the Sam Houston National Forest. It's a very good idea to call the forest office and discuss options with the rangers, and also to request maps so you can plan ahead.
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