Lone Star Hiking Trail : (936) 344-6205

Area Status: Open
A directional sign on the Lone Star Hiking Trail on the Sam Houston National Forest.

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

A portion of the Lone Star Hiking Trail on the Sam Houston National Forest.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Contact the district office for current status of this trail. (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


Day Hiking


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.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Stop Illegal Marijuana Cultivation

Marijuana detection - Report suspicious activity on the forest by calling (936-639-8530) or (936-639-8507).