The National Forests in Texas provide a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities! There are dozens of developed recreation areas and trailheads, offering camping experiences ranging from highly developed to primitive. Camping is offered on a first-come, first-served basis in developed recreation areas, and some larger or more popular areas (Ratcliff Lake, Cagle, Double Lake), offer reservations through www.recreation.gov. Forest visitors can now camp up to 28 days at selected recreation areas in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. Click here to see this list of sites that offer the extended 28-day camping.
There is a day-use fee at highly developed areas with swimming or boating facilities. Campground facilities generally include tent pads, picnic tables, parking spurs for trailers, lantern posts, grills, potable water, and toilets.
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.
Eastside Multi-Use Trail outer loop in the Sam Houston National Forest opens Wednesday, Nov. 23. Users will be able to use the Lake Loop, Zebra, Boy Scout, Northwest, and portions of the Fern Trail. The Sandy, YCC, and a small portion of the Fern trail remains closed. Maps that show sections of closed trails are on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas website, Sam Houston District Office, and 233 Trailhead. The Westside Multi-Use Trail on the west side of Lake Conroe remains closed as trail maintenance to improve resource damage continues. ~ CLOSURE MAP ~
** Due to changing weather and trail conditions, Multi-Use Trail users are encouraged to call ahead before visiting. Dial 936-344-6205, then press 2 for current trail conditions. **