Explore the most popular trail running trails in Sam Houston National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Would have rated higher if weather conditions would have been better. Torrential downpours all day before, so this trail turned into 27 miles of ankle to knee deep swamp crawling. Terrain ranged from to Texas to the Everglades to north Arkansas to Vietnam. Great test of the mind by doing the entire loop in 12 hours.

Live near here and enjoy this trail often!! From TH #1 on Little Lake Creek Loop Trail, all the way to the Sand Branch Trail (about 6-7 miles), and finally on the Lonestar Hiking Trail back to TH #1 is a great 13 mile hike. Relatively shaded from TX sun and mostly a flat trail, minus small creeks and ditches. Great way to enjoy the outdoors!

Parked at Trailhead #2 and hiked north on the Little Lake Creek Loop trail up to Trailhead #1 and went back to our car via the Lonestar Hiking trail. Garmin clocked me right about 7 miles. Had a great time, really beautiful pine areas. There's plenty of fallen trees on the trail so be aware of that, many of them have bypasses but there's a few that don't. This would be a great trail to run on as it's in good shape with very few hazards. Overall great trail.

Fun trail to run on

Great scenic trail. very well marked with many natural highlights like ponds and lots of wildlife. we did this as part of a boy scouts hiking merit badge.

backpacking
5 months ago

Completed a little over 18 miles of this trail and a little over 11 miles of the LSHT. our total was 36 miles on the 30 mile grand loop. this loop has 4 primitive camp sites spaced out about ever 6 miles. most creeks were dried up but the camp near Kelleys Pond camp had a spring fed creek that had some good water. If you're planning on doing this 30 mile loop I would highly suggest that you stash some water for yourself or bring a good pump filter. We used the MSR pump filter for the mud puddles and the sawyer squeeze filter on the cleaner water. Noticed 2 asps so beware. Those furry caterpillars will sting you. At night the coyotes, owls, and crickets filled the air with a beautiful Symphony. one section of the LLCL has a beautiful area of dwarf Palmettos as far as you can see. The best Thanksgiving ever! #optoutside

I've been through the trailhead #6 3x and I never get tired of it!

This was my first real hike, as I normally jog on paved trails. If you’re a novice hiker like myself, I’ve listed some of my recommendations/general observations below. To give you an idea of my fitness level, on average, I jog 10-15 miles / week.
1) Wear pants and long sleeves. There were several spots where the brush was shoulder-high with a very narrow trail. My pant legs and sleeves were snagged by thorns dozens of times. The downside to pants & long sleeves, is the heat and humidity… and good lord was it humid, I started at 8am.
2) Bring a walking stick. It doesn’t have to be some official hiking pole. I literally unscrewed the handle to a push broom in my garage before I left in the morning. Early on, the primary role of the “stick” was to knock away spider webs covering the trails. Later in the hike, it did come in handy for stabilization purposes traversing some creeks or steeper climbs, particularly as I became more fatigued. If you hike early, you’ll likely be the one clearing all the spider webs…
3) Backup socks. This may be a non-issue for many folks, but I wore some brand new hiking boots with some of those “wicking” socks. They didn’t like each other and my feet were being rubbed raw after only a few miles. I brought a backup pair of normal cotton socks and they fared much better.
4) I sprayed some “OFF” on, as I assumed the mosquitos were going to be pretty bad. Either the OFF worked great or there just weren’t many mosquitos to contend with
5) Water/Drinks. I brought/wore a 1.5 Liter Camelbak backpack and carried a 20 oz bottle of Vitamin Water to drink from first. My Camelback was nearly empty when I finished the trail. Be sure to leave “post-hike” water or drinks in your vehicle.
6) I brought some cliff bars and beef jerky to eat. I didn’t stop for a formal lunch or anything like that.
7) Maps & Cell Service. I printed and brought a couple maps, but they disintegrated in my pocket from sweat. However, I did download the maps to my phone. The cell service was spotty, certainly not reliable if you’re trying to access the internet (map). I did need the map a few times just to be sure I wasn’t making a wrong turn at the few junctions where a wrong turn is possible. Otherwise, the trail markers worked great. I did bring a cell phone backup battery, just in case. The GPS did seem to work OK.
8) Overall, it was very enjoyable.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Good trail. Not a difficult hike, would rate easier. Only con was a spiderweb across the trail every two steps. But other than that it was a nice quiet trail.

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

7 mile trail run on Easter Morning. Good trail. Several creek crossings. Pretty easy all around but good clean trail for running.

Only hiked the first loop, it was a fairly easy hike. No spectacular view points, but a nice way to enjoy the outdoors on a sunny March day. There were a couple muddy spots and very small water crossings, but nothing challenging.

backpacking
Monday, March 20, 2017

I took my Boy Scout Troop on a 24 mile, two night hike from Winter's Bayou to Iron Ore trailheads. We hiked in March and the trail was muddy, but enjoyable. There are many water crossings that have missing or damaged bridges that made for interesting crossing - but we made it across.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great time with my son. Nice trail. Turned around at the 3-4 mile point. Nicely maintained up to that point & enjoyable.

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nice hike with my dad. It gets better the further out you go

Long hike, but relatively flat and easy. No exciting views, but lovely surroundings. Quick and simple way to get into the outdoors and forget that you are near any roads (except for when you have to cross them)!

It was a short jaunt during February (winter time) with the toddler, but I am curious to explore it some more! I notice some things starting to bloom and some past forest fire indications, but green trees hover above.

Muddy...yes in spots. Although it's pine forest there are a few interesting features here and there along the way. Easy and not very crowded.

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Early December hike. Had just rained, trail slightly muddy, but well drained overall. Some nice pine trees, relatively flat trail crosses paved road a few times. I'd expect to have wet feet during the rainy season, trail crosses two streams which were very low and jump-able this time of year. Take precautions against ticks. Saw several ticks on my treated outer clothing, pulled close to a dozen off of my dog.

Overall a decent hike. Some nice, quiet sections.

hiking
Friday, December 09, 2016

My 10, 8, and 8 yr old kids loved it and so did I. Great trail!!

was great for a first date. I got a kiss at mile ten. There is a nice Sandy area by the river between 7and 8 miles in. Great place for lunch break and romantic.

it was nice. we found a good spot for yoga and lunch

Nice, wooded Trail. A lot of brush on the portion we hiked, but a lot of fun!

It I okay for a Texas trail. Lots of thorns on the trail. Long pants are necessary some sections needs better maintenance.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Well marked. Great scenery.

It was beautiful!

backpacking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

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
Sunday, July 31, 2016

First half of trail is open, last half has lots of brush and cat claw so look out. Some areas it's hard to see the trail but still a fun hike!

Saturday, July 02, 2016

great hike, we loved the scenery and had a great time. Just watch for sticker briers

walking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Beautiful trail if you are preparing to do something larger. Worth the day.

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