Lone Star Hiking Trail and Little Lake Creek Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Lone Star Hiking Trail and Little Lake Creek Trail is a 14 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Richards, TX that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

14.0 miles 580 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

bugs

muddy

The Lone Star Hiking Trail is continuously marked with aluminum tree blazes and mile markers. It is well-maintained by several clubs, including the Houston Sierra Club and LSHT Club. Currently, the only major trail obstacle is the downed bridge over the East Fork of the San Jacinto River in the Magnolia Section (the river here can be crossed on a fallen log or by fording; it is about thigh deep and slow-flowing normally). There are ten sections of trail broken up by road crossings where there are usually free trailhead parking areas. The trail is popular among thru-hikers, who seek to hike the entire length in one continuous trek. There are several places to resupply, the most popular being Huntsville State Park about mid-way along the route. The trail is mostly flat to gently rolling; it can be muddy after heavy rains, but only in limited sections. Most of the tread is over sandy soil and stay dry. The forest is very diverse, a mix of pine and hardwood. Creeks are common, most of which are seasonal but some of which are larger and offer good wildlife sighting opportunities. The trail is a hidden jewel in East Texas, the only long distance trail in the state and a treasure of hiking adventures for any age or experience level. It is best hiked in the fall, winter and spring, as summers tend to be hot, muggy and buggy.

20 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

It was beautiful!

backpacking
1 month ago

Very scenic trail. Most of it was not wide enough for two people side-by-side. I purposely went and camped overnight during rainy weather so as to really ensure I'd be the only one out there. Will definitely go back when it's dry though! Was the perfect place for peace and quiet to rid the stresses of daily life.

hiking
3 months ago

Got an early start, so the humidity was not too bad for the Houston area in June. Good hike. Trail was a bit over grown, but passable. Just over three hour hike. Family had fun. One of my son's even hiked it in skinny jeans... so proud.

3 months ago

Hot and humid in mid April, 2016. Recent rains made the trail muddy and some areas impassable.

hiking
4 months ago

Very, very, very boggy after rainy season. Wear pants!!! Foliage was anywhere from 3-6 feet high and some wicked thorns. Generally flat, couple of crossings that you have to get creative on.

hiking
4 months ago

Great fun for the whole family!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great fun for the whole family!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Lost Dog 4/17/16 name is Ginger we were hiking on little creek loop trail between Forest rd 203 and West Fork Trail just pass the creek. found on 4/18/16 in good health. about a mile away. we had 2 employees that worked for Sam Houston National Forest they open the gate on Forest road 203 so we could post flyers on the trail. I did not get their names it was a female and a male riding in a pickup checking the gates. if you see this thanks again for taking the time to help.

5 months ago

Easy, well marked trail....April is the perfect time to take this hike. Dog friendly. Bring water.

camping
6 months ago

Backpacked the lone star star walking trail and stayed overnight. Trail was in good shape but very wet. Not very scenic mostly just pine trees.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail. There has been quite a bit of logging in this area; clean up from spring storms. Pretty wet but no areas were impassable. Creek banks are sandy so they aren't too slippery! Fun hiking day with my daughter for day after Christmas!

9 months ago

Have hiked about 60 miles so far and plan to hike the rest of it soon. Great park! Very scenic!

9 months ago

Loved the trail. As good as it gets in that park of Texas.

1 year ago

We hiked near the 'mile 16' point. Great trail with a variety of different scenery: through the forest, along Lake Conroe, along a small brooke that turns into a deep ravine the further you go. I would definitely like to go back!

hiking
2 years ago

Had a chance on two occasions to hike parts of the trail while geocaching.
Excellent trail. Looking forward to some camping in cooler weather.

hiking
2 years ago

Wonderful trail for the first time backpacker, weekend camping trip or a quick walk in the woods. I love this trail and backpack every chance i get.

hiking
3 years ago

Not a bad trail. Recommend wearing pants since a lot of the trail isn't cleared and there is a lot of brush to walk through. Also check for ticks once you're done. Overall pretty nice though. Pleasant, mostly flat walk.

hiking
4 years ago

I'm a life time backpacker and have hiked this trail since its conception in 1995. I've hiked many trails in the US, but keep coming back to the LS trail because it's in my back yard. I've spent many wonderful seasons here and love to take pictures of the forest and wildlife at different times of the year. My favorite ares are Winters Byou, Big Creek, Stubble Field area, San Jacinto river area. It's one of the few areas where wildlife is abundant and the forest is healthy. I spend my winters helping to keep the trails clear and free of human trash. I also report wildlife activity to the forestry service. I'm a true wilderness lover. I hope we can enjoy this trail for many years to come. Happy hiking.

hiking
4 years ago

Great first time trail in the area. No trash. No people. No problems. Yay! So Fun!