Located just 40 miles north of its namesake city, Sam Houston National Forest offers nearly 163,000 acres of pine trees, hardwood forests and abundant recreational opportunities. Due to its proximity to Texas’ largest city, Sam Houston National Forest provides a different experience than its rural brethren to the north. Though it can be busier and louder, the services are generally more developed.
Sam Houston contains three fullservice campgrounds (Cagle, Double Lake and Stubblefield recreation areas) and an abundance of hiking and mountain biking trails. Heritage tourists may want to visit the Double Lake recreation area, constructed in 1937 by the CCC. The site features a historic pavilion and bathhouse built by CCC crews and surrounds a 24-acre lake with a swimming area and beach, a concession stand and camping areas.
One of Sam Houston’s main draws is the Lone Star Hiking Trail, offering nearly 140 miles of walkways exclusively for hikers. The trail winds throughout the forest across woodlands, swamps and meadows with various access points and campgrounds. The 22,000-acre Lake Conroe is another major attraction, particularly for its swimming, boating, fishing and sailing.
Sam Houston National Forest