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Outdoor Enthusiasts Launch the Sam Houston Trail Coalition
(New Waverly, Texas) Individual trail users and recreation user groups today announce creation of the Sam Houston Trail Coalition. This coalition will work closely with the U.S. Forest Service to plan, develop, and maintain a comprehensive and sustainable trail network for diverse outdoor recreation while protecting natural resources and educating the public accordingly. Immediate objectives are development of a Master Trail Plan and working together to secure funding and volunteer support to construct, use, and maintain the trail system.
The Sam Houston National Forest is a popular recreation destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. The forest offers many opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, hunting, and nature watching. With over 160 miles of trails, the Sam Houston National Forest provides visitors with ample opportunity to explore the scenic beauty and diverse ecology. You can learn about panning for gold and other fun activities on the property.
Within an hour of Houston, this 161,154-acre pine forest is surrounded by Montgomery, Walker, Grimes, and San Jacinto counties. The Sam Houston National Forest currently features a cumulative 240 miles of trail featuring the 128 mile Lone Star Hiking Trail, 85 miles of multi-use trail, 8 miles (soon to be 20) of Double Lake Mountain Bike Trail, the 5.3 mile Northern Wilderness Trail, 3 smaller trails in the Cagle Recreation Area, and a Veterans trail. We monitor the property with trail cameras to see where the wildlife has moved to so if you want to take a walk and see some deer we know which direction to send you. We also have the best trail cameras for sale if you want to take one home to help you hunt better or just see what is going on when you can't see.
The Sam Houston National Forest is managed by the U.S. Forest Service for multiple-use including outdoor recreation, grazing, timber production, and watershed protection. The majority of the forest is upland pine forest interspersed with hardwood drainage bottoms. Features include several lakes and bayous, sandstone outcrops, true fun for all ages. The dense forest is also home to the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker and countless other wildlife. Fishermen, swimmers, and canoe and kayak paddlers also enjoy this spacious wooded escape. However, public entities such as the Sam Houston National Forest are increasingly seeking community and user support to meet increasing demands despite decreasing funds.
This coalition is the result of months of dialogue between various user group members and the U.S. Forest Service. Among those with individual representatives showing an interest are the Lone Star Hiking Trail Club, Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycling Association, Houston Fit AR, the Sierra Club, Trail Riders of Houston, and the Sam Houston National Forest Equestrian Association, to name a few. New individuals and user groups are being sought to ensure all forest user interests are represented.