Lone Star Hiking Trail: (936) 344-6205


Hikers resting along the Lone Star Hiking Trail

This 129-mile National Recreation Trail meanders the breadth of the Sam Houston National Forest passing through the eastern edge of the forest near Montague Church on FM 1725 close to Cleveland, Texas to the extreme western edge near Richards, Texas.

Sections of the trail cross private property and public road rights-of-way. Therefore, visitors should show good trail manners, so private property owners will continue to allow foot passage across their land.

The terrain is relatively flat with some wet areas; and bridges allow for easy creek crossings. The southern portion of the trail follows an old railroad tramway.

Trailhead parking areas are at the main access points, but because the trail is intended to be primitive, there are no restroom facilities.  View these maps for trailhead locations:

East side Map       West side Map

At a Glance

Fees None
Best Season: Spring and fall
Busiest Season: Spring and fall
Closest Towns: Cleveland, Texas; Richards, Texas; Coldspring, Texas; New Waverly, Texas
Water: None
Restroom: None



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Interactive Visitor Map

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Hunting Frequently Asked Questions

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Outdoor Safety in the South

Outdoor Safety in the South

Dead trees along utility line

Due to the drought of 2011, many of the trees on our forests are experiencing extreme stress. Visitors are encouraged to check their surroundings and be aware of the possibility of falling limbs or trees in recreation areas and the general forest. Dead trees can fall silently and without warning. Please be on the lookout for dead trees while hiking and camping and if conditions become windy, visitors should leave the area.

Stop Illegal Marijuana Cultivation

Marijuana detection - Report suspicious activity on the forest to Patrol Captain Chris Crain (936-639-8530) or Special Agent Gary McLaughlin (936-639-8507).