ⓘ Lone Star Hiking Trail

                                     

ⓘ Lone Star Hiking Trail

The Lone Star Hiking Trail is a 96 mile long hiking trail with an additional 32 miles of loop and crossover trails of "foot-path only" trails. Connecting public lands of the Sam Houston National Forest and private lands it is the longest continuous hiking trail in the State of Texas. The trail starts just South of Richards, Texas and ends North-West of Cleveland, Texas.

In the LSHT was conceived by the Lone star Chapter of the Sierra club in 1966. U.S. forest service the USFs approved the construction of trails and marking began in 1967, with the first 30 miles built in 1968. The Sierra club, boy Scouts of America, and many others were responsible for the marking and construction of the LSHT. All LSHT was completed and transferred to the USFs in 1972. The expansion of the LSHT was later approved and completed in 1978.

The trail is marked with two-inch by four-inch aluminum markers to guide hikers. Lone Star trail can be increased all year round, but winter and spring are the most popular seasons thanks to the mild climate of Southeast Texas. During the hunting season for deer in November and December, hikers should wear highly visible clothing. Primitive camping is allowed off the trail, except during hunting season for deer, when camping is restricted to designated camps. Usually the trail is not crowded and tourists can observe multi-use forest with many ages and types of trees, plants and animals. Visitors of the trail can also view rivers, creeks, lakes and streams that meander through and around the Sam Houston national forest. Off-road vehicles is prohibited. Drinking water is available at double lake and Stubblefield recreation areas.

Lone star Hiking trail consists of three basic sections are listed from West to East:

  • The Winters Bayou / Tarkington Creek Area of the trail runs from FM 945 / S Butch Arthur Road trailhead east to Double Lake Recreation Area, then south through Big Creek Scenic Area and then southwest through the Winters Bayou Scenic area northwest of Cleveland, TX. This 27-mile 43 km section of the trail has National Recreation Trail status.
  • The 60-mile 97 km Central Area of the trail runs northeast from the Stubblefield Recreation Area, to just north of Huntsville State Park. It runs east through the Four Notch area and then turns south east to the town of Evergreen, TX. An on-road section follows FM 945 south to a trailhead parking lot at S Butch Arthur Road. The Four Notch Loop, a 9.2-mile 14.8 km section, is in the middle of this 60-mile 97 km area of trail.
  • The 40-mile 64 km Lake Conroe section begins near the intersection of FS 219 and FM 149 east of Richards, TX to the Stubblefield Recreation area at the north end of Lake Conroe. Four connecting loops in this area are all designated as part of the trail. This part of trail passes through the Little Lake Creek Wilderness.
                                     
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