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Sam Houston National Forest

394 FM 1375 West, New Waverly, TX 77358
409 344 6205
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Kingwood, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Cagle Lake is the campground area in the Sam Houston National Forest. The forest, itself, is quite beautiful. The campground is nice for a weekend away. The campsites are nicely wooded and shaded. Camping pads are well kept. Bathrooms are clean. There are nice loops around which the kids can ride bikes, and good walking/hiking trails that go near the... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

For a few years I hiked in this forest three days and nights a week. Unlike a previous reviewer I can vouch that the mileage markers on the lone star trail are pretty accurate. I'm guessing that the person who mentioned swamps and needing a compass started on the far east side of the trail (starting at the ending trailhead... More

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Wareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

I drove about an hour from Houston to visit the Sam Houston National Forest and particular the Lone Star trail. It's actually a really nice forest and the trail is well marked with several loops allowing shorter day walks rather than the full trail which is 100 miles. For a trail run it was hard to beat, clearly marked path,... More

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Baku
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We did about 4 hours of hiking in the forest on a sunny day in May. Trees are immense and the walking was easy - it's all relatively flat, although some multi-iuse trails are covered in sand, which can slow you down. The maps that we found at the ranger's office (district office on FM1375) weren't that well marked but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

It's the usual for a national Forrest; well taken care of, accessible & beautiful. It's not well marked, so stop at the ranger station or information area for a map of trails. They must have had recent storms & there are many downed trees with certain trails closed. There are signs of clearing these areas & controlled burns. By spring... More

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Houston, Texas
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Spring is the perfect time to hike the Lone Star Hiking Trail and enjoy the beauty of the Sam Houston National Forest. You will see woodland violets, flowering Carolina Jasmine, redbuds and dogwoods. You will hear (and perhaps see) red-bellied and pileated woodpeckers, Carolina wrens, cardinals and chickadees. The 128 mile long Lone Star Hiking Trail wanders the National Forest... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

everything was a good trip loved it would recommend it to anyone! We love walking and site seeing and there was plenty to see!

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Someone wrote that this resembled the Black Forest of Germany....can't say I agree. The trees are much thinner and there are LOTS of residential areas in various states of disrepair that are right next to the forest. I was not necessarily a fan--I've seen some breathtaking National Forests, but this wasn't one of them. Sure, the drive is nice, and... More

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College Station, Texas
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27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

The forest is thick with many different varieties of trees, some of them so tall, they almost seem to reach the sky. One recommendation: the mosquitoes, heat, and crowds in the summer can be pretty unbearable. Visit in the spring or fall. Even winter is very pleasant.

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Huntsville, Texas
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Peaceful, beautiful. Raven Lake is very pretty and the hiking trails are easy walking. No motorized boats, good swimming area that offers a platform for swimmers.

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