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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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Beautiful Camping Location

Recently came for the weekend to go camping with my family. Campground and facilities were clean... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Recently came for the weekend to go camping with my family. Campground and facilities were clean. Great place to relax away from the city to hike or set up a hammock and hang out.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rae_kamin
Reviewed August 18, 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
3  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

Date of experience: March 2018
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

Date of experience: January 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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.

Date of experience: June 2017
5  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

Date of experience: August 2017
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank confusedtraveler2016
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Esther d
Weekend around Houston, what to do? (8 Replies)
Hello, My boyfriend and I are coming to Houston for the weekend. We'll arrive at the airport Friday afternoon and leave Sunday in the beginning of the evening. We really would like to get out of the city these days. Options we are thinking about are Galveston, Sam Houston National Forest, one the other national parks, Schlitterbahn. But there should be a lot more things to consider, I guess? Any advice on what to do these two days? Are there any parks that are better than others? We like...More
August 05, 2014|
Response fromjordansbulls|
You have Kemah as well, you can go to Galveston and go to Moody Gardens or take a horseback ride.
Alex M
Austin, Texas
Best hiking/swimming w/kids in Sam Houston National Forest? (0 Replies)
hi all, we'll be staying in Huntsville and want to check out Sam Houston National Forest and/or Lake Conroe for a day. We'll be heading on to Austin at the end of the day. Ideally looking for an easy 1-2 hour hike, and a swimming beach. Great if they are together/nearby, but ok to drive between the two. Any recommendations? I've been googling this but there aren't a whole lot of descriptions. I was thinking of Scotts Ridge recreational area for swimming, although reviews seem...More
September 28, 2017|