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Sam Houston National Forest

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Peaceful and serene

It’s a great escape from the city life as it is just less than an hour drive from Houston. And it... read more

Reviewed January 2, 2018
Chi Yun W
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Cagle Recreation Area -- Easy hikes for beginners

Right on Lake Conroe. We were super thrilled with the natural beauty within a very short walk from... read more

Reviewed May 30, 2017
Kat M
Katy, Texas
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394 W Fm 1375 Rd, New Waverly, TX 77358-3460
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to the SHNF several times. Lovely hikes. We like to hammock camp but have also tent camped. I read one of the previous reviews where the lady said there was no staff on the weekend. This isn't a staffed park like in...More

Thank Lora H
Reviewed May 28, 2018

The Sam Houston forest is so beautiful, with it's tall trees giving amble shade on a hot Texas day. The hiking trail we took was a very easy stroll down to Lake Conroe. It gave us a wonderful look at vegetation and some bird wildlife....More

2  Thank Ilonka W
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Did a 7 mile hike, starting at Trailhead #2. The terrain was fairly flat throughout, with the exception of a few stream crossings. Beautiful flowers and a quiet forest. The trail was quite muddy in spots; however, we were prepared with proper hiking shoes. I...More

2  Thank kmcgowan0319
Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

It’s a great escape from the city life as it is just less than an hour drive from Houston. And it is also a place to cool down from the heat in summer times, and it is ideal to hike in winter times as it’s...More

Thank Chi Yun W
Reviewed November 6, 2017

My Aunt used to live in Phelps at the end of Watson Lake Rd, We would often visit and my cousins and I used to explore the forest every chance we got. I don't get up that ways as much as i'd like, but the...More

2  Thank keeperofpeace64
Reviewed August 28, 2017

Before you visit Sam Houston National forest, plan your trip well. We traveled towards Lake Livingston over country road and did not see something attractive.

4  Thank Eco_Travel_Explorer
Reviewed August 25, 2017

The weather was perfect for a walk in the forest, The lack of manmade noise was wonderful. A good mixture of hard woods and local flora and fauna was therapeutic. Saw my first real live road runner, and it did not go "beep beep", but...More

2  Thank Buddettes_Journey
Reviewed July 26, 2017 via mobile

RV camp sites book early, but we were able to renew our site the morning of, so I think they leave some sites available for that purpose. The only swimming hole in the park is nice, but it is a good distance from the camp...More

2  Thank SaZoCa
Reviewed July 21, 2017

First time to visit this forest, went online a day before arrival to see what I needed to do to check availability of sites, the website is confusing, so it was hard to figure out what sites actually were available. Arrived at park with no...More

3  Thank confusedtraveler2016
Reviewed May 30, 2017

Right on Lake Conroe. We were super thrilled with the natural beauty within a very short walk from campsite. That said - the campsites are ridiculously close to each other. I could not take one picture of our loved ones having fun without at least...More

Thank Kat M
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Dan P
May 14, 2017|
Response from Wildbill W | Reviewed this property |
sure they have a few beaches up by cagle campground...and at the south end of fs road 204...