Explore the most popular trails near Livingston with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
2 months ago

Secluded forest walk along nice trail with views of mature forest and river floodplains/swamps. Lots of indications of wild hog rooting, and we found several ticks hitchhiking on our clothes. Speaking to rangers this trail is pretty well known for its ticks, so bring repellant and do your tick checks!

While the scenery is awesome, the trail was filled with mosquitos. And we are not just talking a normal amount. We were in the middle of a nat cloud type swarm of them that you could not escape. Mosquitos bites everywhere. No amount of spray controlled the. Lots of mud right now. Be prepared. 7 mile hike was easily completed.

backpacking
4 months ago

Nice loop, very green and scenic compared with others in the area. Fairly easy hiking, but feels very remote. Lots of wildlife, from rabbits and squirrels to wild hogs and I've seen one deer. I've camped along the creek a couple nights, but even with proper filtering/purification the water sources (creek) aren't safe for human consumption in my experience. Otherwise this would be a great trail to camp along.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail even though it’s short but what it lacks in length it makes up for in scenery. It’s easy to hike just be careful of the tree roots.

Easy hike/walk. Trails were not clearly marked and this app did not show all the trails the park map did.

Wonderful walk through not very interesting forest.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice, secluded lollipop loop along Big Sandy Creek. On the harder side of easy due to length; the terrain is hillier than you might expect for southeast Texas but still pretty flat. Nice mix of bottomland forest and upland forest. A few muddy areas to deal with after a rain but not as bad as some other trails in this area. Overall, a good choice for dayhiking the Big Thicket.

hiking
9 months ago

it was an awesome trail with awesome scenery... well marked and the trail was very nice... I took my 7 year old son!!! will definitely be back to do it again

Hiked the length of the trail today. It was very peaceful, didn't see another person out there all day. For a solitude I give it 5 stars; you might as well be in your own world out there. For maintenance though, I would give it 3 stars, as someone stated earlier, the trailhead is nicely maintained, but the trails not so much. This really doesn't bother me too much just shows how little the trail there is utilized. The thing that did bother me though was the complete lack of signage. With no blazes or markers of any type, at times the trail can be confusing. The map that is provided is for the horse trail out there and does not even show the actual hiker path. I finished up on the trail early and stopped by the big thicket visitors center to ask about the lack of signage, thinking maybe much of it was lost due to flooding from Harvey. When I asked about It, the ranger on duty sheepishly told me that there really had never been any and that this trail is the least of the maintained in the big thicket system. He did say it was on the to do list of the park though...
All in all though, it is a great hike that takes you through some beautiful landscape and provides plenty of solitude and a chance to recharge the batteries after a crazy hetic week. I will definitely be back...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

this trail is great. I can not count the times I have hiked it and camped on the creek. Not recommended in summer as ticks and chiggers are rampant. fall, winter, and spring are great. Great day hike. seen hogs, snakes, deer, ect....

if you just want a nice walk it's great but nothing to see.

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Not much change in landscape. Good for a long hike

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

We hiked this today, and it was beautiful! We didn't see anyone else on the trail. There are downed trees just past Bench C. It's hard to see past them, but step over them and you'll be back on the trail. At Bench F, the map portion of the bench is missing. There is a bridge to the right of Bench F (if you're sitting on the bench), and that is the way you want to go to continue on the trail.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

First off most reviews don't show the main trail at this park, the main trail is a straight trail that connects between the loop trail and the oak flat loop near the entrance. The trails easy to hike expect muddy shoes if it's rained recently and the mosquitos are very bad in summer time.

Monday, September 05, 2016

A little over grown but nice easy hike

One of these days we will complete the entire trail! Looking forward to it but it is 9 miles in, so ... we have gone in as far as 5 miles, stopped for a picnic and rest and hiked back. This is enough for a day visit. On Good Friday this year we managed to go in 3 miles before the trail was flooded out. This is my favorite of the BTNP trails!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Trails are poorly marked and maintained, as are the campsites, but the views are spectacular.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Great, well-marked and scenic trail. The foliage was lovely even in the hot September heat, with lots of downed trees around the path.

cross country skiing
Friday, July 24, 2015

Not as secluded as hoped for. Goes through a lot of loud campsites, but the views of the lake were pretty sweet.

hiking
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Enjoyed this trail. I never saw anyone else. We were the only ones there. The trails are pretty easy to follow. The benches spread throughout the trail have the map on it to let you know where you are. Also there are maps at the trailhead. There were a lot of downed trees covering the trail so I had to hike around them quite a few times. The mosquitos about ate us alive. Would probably go back if in the area when it's cooler with less bugs. You couldn't even stop to rest and they were covering you even with bug spray on. Saw some wild hogs that my dog gave chase to and about scared me to death. Would definitely go back for the solitude.

hiking
Monday, October 13, 2014

Oh wow, spooky woods today! Great hike at near 5.5 miles in full. We got a good work out with this terrain. Beautiful fallen leaves on wide trail and then a lot of debris. Fairly wild and in need of clearing. But we didn't mind it so much, it seemed rather untouched and nice like that.
Rugged benches at every point or every mile. No picnic tables at the trailhead. No picnic spot along the trail. But goodness, the trees! So many good size beauties! Watch out for snakes!! I came up on a big one among the debris on the trail.

hiking
Monday, September 02, 2013

There are a couple of nice short trails here which are mostly shaded among the pretty pine trees. The trail has a duck pond, butterfly garden and a nice boardwalk. There are also horse rides available at the stable.

hiking
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

This area is beautiful, however, the trail which is actually an old logging road was not maintained. The trail head is nicely maintained.

hiking
Friday, July 20, 2012

I enjoyed this short loop trail. Mostly covered. Saw some wild hogs.
The parking is a just a dirt take-off at the trail-head.

hiking
Friday, February 03, 2012

This Trail Is Really Easy It Just Runs The Length Of The Park And Dead Ends On Both Ends.

hiking
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The trail is 5 miles long, there are benches with the trail map carved in the backs through out the trail. Parts of the trail is over taken with weeds and there are several areas with fallen tree debris. All in all this trail wasn't bad.

hiking
4 months ago

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