Lone Star Hiking Trail : (936) 344-6205

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
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.
Operational Hours: Effective 6/15/2024 Portions of the Lone Star Hiking Trail System have reopened; however, some sections will remain CLOSED due to damaged infrastructure. The Lone Star Hiking Trail will be closed at the following locations: Please be advised access is not permitted in areas that are flagged and signed as CLOSED.  
  •  The intersection of Lone Star Hiking Trail & Little Lake Creek Loop to Forest Service Road 271
  •  Camila Dam to Trailhead 7
  • Double Lake Recreation Area to Trailhead 12
  • Trailhead 14 to Trailhead 15
Other Trail Sections closed:
  • Westfork
  • Big Creek
  • White Oak
  • Pine
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.

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