The trail is of a primitive nature. It is a small path cleared through the forest which follows Forest Service roads, tram roads, pipeline right-of-ways, game trails, highways and in some places was established by clearing brush and trees through the forest. Primarily, the trail is on National Forest land, but there are crossings on private property and along public road right-of-ways. Therefore, visitors should show good trail manners, so private property owners will continue to allow foot passage across their land. Relatively flat with some wet areas, bridges allow for easy creek crossings. The southern portion of the trail follows an old railroad tramway.
In general, the route is well cleared and marked. Trailhead parking areas have been constructed at the main access points, and all road crossings are well signed. Rectangular and or triangular aluminum markers indicate the route. Loop trails have orange tape the center of the markers and crossovers between the main and loop trails are indicated with white tape.
Usually, beginning in May, the heat, ticks, mosquitoes and redbugs combine to make hiking and camping on the trail somewhat of an ordeal. The best season for hiking the Lone Star Hiking Trail are autumn and spring. Insects are still a bit of a problem in the spring and autumn, so you will want to bring along some repellent.
Because the trail is intended to be primitive there are no "facilities". Camping is permitted anywhere along the trail and some suggested rest areas have been designated by three aluminum markers nailed to a prominent tree. There are no toilet, trash or running water facilities. Fresh water is not reliable and hikers generally carry their own or obtain it at one of the two campgrounds (Stubblefied or Double Lake) along the trail. Water removed from local streams should be purified before use. The pack "pack it in / pack it out" philosophy prevails.
Trailhead parking areas have been constructed at the main access points, but, because the trail is intended to be primitive, there are no "facilities". Camping is permitted anywhere along the trail except during deer rifle hunting season (generally about November 1 through January 1). At this time, overnight camping is in designated camping areas only.
In wet weather parts of the trail flood and some of the larger stream crossings can be dangerous. However, some sections of the trail avoid the bottomlands and can be hiked even in wet weather. Firewood is available on the trail (use dead and down wood only), but hikers should be careful with their fires. When leaving, be sure the fire is "dead out" and covered with dirt. Build fires so that they will not damage trees or shrubs. We recommend you use "no trace" back packing methods.
Several local Hiking Clubs have cooperative agreements with the Forest Service to help maintain the Lone Star Hiking Trail. If you would like to volunteer to help keep the trail looking good and easy to follow, please call the Forest Service to coordinate your efforts or to get information concerning trail partners. A trail map is available at the ranger station, and trail markers provide directions.
Directions: From Various approaches, The trail consists of three major sections. The 40 mile Lake Conroe section, lying west of Lake Conroe, begins near the intersection of FS 219 and FM 149 and has four connecting loops.The Central Area of the trail runs eastward from Stubblefield Recreation Area, through the Four Notch area to Evergreen and then south down FM 945 to the trailhead parking lot. The Four Notch Loop, a 9.2 mile section is in the middle of this 60 mile area of trail.The Winters Bayou/Tarkington Creek Area of the trail runs from FM 945 east to Double Lake Recreation Area, then south through Big Creek Scenic Area and then southwest through Winters Bayou. This 27 mile section of the trail has National recreation Trail status.
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