The Best Hiking Trails Around Lake Conroe

Hiking TrailsExercise, like people, comes in many shapes and sizes. Hiking, or walking, is a terrific way to enjoy the out of doors and exercise at the same time. All within less than a 30 minute drive from Lake Conroe you’ll find hundreds of miles of well marked and maintained hiking trails. These trails wind through National Forests, near endangered wildlife, over streams, by lakes, and through some of the most beautiful deep woods scenery available in the Big Thicket. Some of the trails pass through or near archeological sites dating back over 7,000 years!

The Big Thicket area of East Texas is one of the most bio diverse areas in the world outside of the tropics. The National Park Service lists more than one thousand species of flowering plants and ferns that can also be found in the thicket, including 20 orchids and four types of carnivorous plants.

So having said all of that, let’s get to the top trails!

The Sam Houston National Forest is host to many trails. For day hiking, the Stubblefield and Cagle Recreation areas feature the best day trails. Also known as the Stubblefield Lake Interpretive Trail, the trail is a 1.1 mile long loop, even grade, and is open all year. Interpretive leaflets corresponding to the numbered posts at each stop along the trail are available at the information board located at the trail head and parking area along Forest Road 215. The trail is a free-use facility.

Cagle Recreation Area and Trails – Hikers and mountain bikers can try the 2-mile Cagle Trail within the recreation facility. A section of the 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail also winds along Lake Conroe.

Kelly’s Pond – Also located in the Sam Houston National Forest, Kelly’s Pond features nine campsites with BBQ’s, fire rings, tables, and lantern posts. While offering a more primitive camping experience, Kelly’s Pond is closely located to the dirt bike, equestrian & mountain bike trails as well as the Lone Star Hiking Trail. For trailer and RV’s there is a large parking area (no hookups available). (Link to Boondocking site Review)

Lone Star Hiking Trail Map

Lone Star Hiking Trail Map

Lone Star Hiking Trail128 miles of trails! The 27-mile section from the trail head on Farm to Market Road 945 to the end near Winters Bayou Scenic Area on Farm to Market Road 1725 is a designated National Recreation Trail. Five access points allow you to choose a shorter route or to break the hike into two days. The natural trail is generally only a narrow path through the forest, mostly sandy, with some grassy stretches.

Sam Houston Multiple Use Trails – These moderately difficult trails stretch for 85 miles. You can travel these trails on horseback, mountain bicycle, OHV (off highway vehicles) or hiking.

W. Goodrich Jones State Forest – Middle Lake Trail is a 1.5 mile out and back trail located near Conroe, Texas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Huntsville State Park Trail – is a 7 mile loop trail located near Huntsville, Texas that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for camping, hiking, mountain biking & trail running

Here’s the contact information for the managers of the National Forest Trails:

Angelina National Forest
111 Walnut Ridge Road
Zavalla, Texas 75980
(936) 897-1068

Caddo/LBJ National Grasslands
1400 US HWY 81/287
P.O. Box 507
Decatur, Texas 76234
(940) 627-5475

Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, Texas 75847
(936) 655-2299

Sabine National Forest
5050 Hwy 21 East
Hemphill, TX 75948
(409) 625-1940

Sam Houston National Forest
394 FM 1375 West
New Waverly, Texas 77358
(936) 344-6205

Southern Research Station-4159
506 Hayter Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
(936) 569-7981

National Forests & Grasslands in Texas
Supervisor’s Office

2221 N. Raguet St.
Lufkin, Texas 75904
Phone: 936-639-8501
FAX: 936-639-8588

For all your Montgomery County Real Estate Needs contact the Michelle Wheeler Team
Wayne Stroman, Broker TREC Lic. 0416282
Call the Property Desk at 936-588-7004
Sales Office: 14500 HWY 105 W, Conroe, Texas 77304
Mail to: PO Box 2991, Conroe, Texas 77305
Sales: 936-588-4444
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