Sam Houston N.F. - Little Lake Creek Wilderness

Little Lake Creek Wilderness signWilderness is...

Congressionally designated land managed to allow the earth's natural processes to shape and influence the area. The 3,855-acre Little Lake Creek Wilderness was set aside under the Texas Wilderness Act of 1984. The Lone Star Hiking Trail passes through the wilderness. This trail is for hiking only and no horses are allowed. Evidence of roads constructed prior to wilderness designation can still be seen. Since 1984, these areas have been managed to remain natural, pristine, and provide opportunities for solitude and challenge.

What is allowed...

hunting and fishing according to State regulations
horseback riding (except on the Lone Star Hiking Trail) and hiking
trail maintenance
outfitter/guide operations by permit
campfires when not under fire ban, call office for details

What is prohibited...

roads and structures
timber harvesting and commercial enterprises
bicycles and other wheeled vehicles
mechanical transport
motorized vehicles and equipment
aircraft landings
removal of plants, stone, moss for personal or commercial use
removal of historical or archeological artifacts

Leave no trace...

is a set of outdoor ethics to encourage wilderness visitors to keep areas pristine. There are six simple guidelines to follow:

(1) KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - Be prepared with proper map(s), information, and equipment.

(2) CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH - Use existing trails and avoid trampling seedlings or flowers. Camp 200 feet away from trails and water sources.

(3) KEEP WATER CLEAN - Do not put soap, food or human waste in water. Bury human waste 4-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, camp or trails.

(4) STASH YOUR TRASH - Take trash home to dispose of properly.

(5) LEAVE IT AS YOU FIND IT - Leave vegetation, rocks and historical items as you found them.

(6) BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE - Use gas-fueled camp stoves. Don't build new fire rings or build fires next to large rocks. Bring wood with you or collect loose pieces from the ground, and don't break limbs off of trees or cut trees. Make sure fire is out before leaving site.


From Conroe, follow I-45 north for 8 miles to Willis, TX; turn west onto FM 1097 for 12 miles, turn north onto FM 149 for 3.5 miles to designated wilderness parking area.

Parking areas are located as follows: (1) on the west side of the wilderness, at the intersection of Forest Road 211 and the Lone Star Hiking Trail, about 2 miles south of FM 149; (2) on the eastern side of the wilderness, on FM 149, about 3.5 miles south of FM 1375; and (3) on FM 149, at the southern boundary of the Sam Houston National Forest.

For official maps or more information, contact:

Sam Houston National Forest
394 FM 1375 West
New Waverly, TX 77358
(936) 344-6205
1-888-361-6908 toll free
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11:30; 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.