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

Current Conditions: The Lone Star Hiking Trail is open and available for users, some areas of the trail still may have small sections that need minor repair but are still able to be used.  Day hiking can occur anywhere on the forest along the trail, however overnight camping will be limited to designated camping areas now that it is hunting season.  These areas can be found at http://lonestartrail.org/maps.html

For further information, please contact the Sam Houston Ranger District at 936-344-6205.
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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Camping is permitted anywhere along the trail except September 15 through February 1. Overnight camping is allowed in designated camping areas only during that time period.

Off-road vehicles and horses not allowed on hiking trails.

“No trace” backpacking methods are recommended.

Day Hiking

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