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How To Explore Sam Houston National Forest

Brooke Lewis
Posted on July 20
A photo of bright green and tall branches inside Sam Houston National Forest.

Explore Sam Houston National Forest this summer. (Holger Leue/Getty Images)

Summer is a time to explore. If you’re looking for a perfect escape, Sam Houston National Forest offers hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting, about 50 miles north of Houston. Let’s take a look at this oasis.

Let’s Go On A Hike

For those who love getting lost in nature on a hike, then you’ll enjoy the 129-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail. As you hike, you can admire a variety of plants, wildlife, rivers, creeks, lakes, and streams. The most popular seasons to hike this trail are the winter and spring because of the weather, but hiking is still possible in the summer months. Start your hike in the early morning, so you can finish before noon and make sure to stay hydrated.

Let’s Go Camping

You can camp at three different sites: Cagle, Double Lake, and Stubblefield. If you’re looking to stay at Cagle or Double Lake, make sure to reserve ahead of time.

  • Cagle, which is along the shoreline of Lake Conroe, has bike trails, hiking, places to picnic, and a new campground area. It’s also great for fishing and water sports.
  • Double Lake is near Coldspring, Texas and includes a swimming area, beach, and well-equipped camping units with a table, fireplace, tent pad, and other items. Some camping units also have water, sewer, and electrical hookups. For the bike enthusiasts, try their 21-mile mountain bike trail.
  • Stubblefield is available on a first-come, first-served basis. At Stubblefield, you can camp, hike, canoe, fish, bird-watch, or picnic.

Let’s Have More Fun

  • Lake Livingston and Lake Conroe both have endless water activities for you to enjoy: fishing to your heart’s content, boating, or a water sports activity.
  • If you plan to hunt deer or small game inside the forest, then make sure to buy the appropriate wildlife management area hunting permit. Hunters must also wear orange.

If this got you itching to explore outdoors, here are more of our favorite outdoor spots around Houston. [City Cast Houston 🎧]

So, do you like to hike at Sam Houston National Forest? How is biking there? I wanna know.

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