by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)
© Laurence Parent/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Great starter backpacking trail. Clearly marked path and level terrain. The scenery was static but beautiful. Only 1.5 hrs away from Houston. I go out here to just get away from the city life once in a while.
We hiked this trail on 27 May 2006. We had plenty of water with us so filtering/purifing was not a problem. The trail is well defined and easy to walk. We are getting ready for a backpack trip to Colorado in July and this was a good experience. We got to the creek about 3.5 miles down trail. We only hiked about 4 miles total down Turkey Creek and also took the Pitcher Plant Loop (about .75 miles). It is worth the hike. We plan to return at a later date and hike further as we got a late start last time. There is poison ivy and possibly poison oak along the edges of trail, but the Forest service does an excellant job of keeping trail clear. Due to the damage from Hurrican Rita there is less shade than before storm. Wear a hat and bring sunblock and insect repellant if you desire. There were a couple of sloughs that had mosquitos, but you can easily walk out of area.
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS TRAIL. THE MESHING ECOSYSTEMS IN THE AREA ARE FASCINATING THE TRAIL IS QUIET EASY PRETTY MUCH THE SAME ELEVATION. IT MEANDERS ALONG TURKEY CREEK IN THE HEART OF THE BIG THICKET. THE WEATHER WAS A BIT RAINY AND COLD. BUT I ENJOY BACKPACKING IN CHANGING WEATHER. THE TRAIL IS REALLY GOOD QUALITY AND THE THICKET IS BEAUTIFUL. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE FOR A TWO OR THREE DAY TRIP. I HAVE BEEN ON THIS TRAIL SEVERAL TIMES SINCE IT IS CLOSE TO HOME. AND IT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE SPRING AND THE WEATHER IS MORE ENJOYABLE. IN THE SUMMER IF YOU LIKE HOT MUGGY AND MOSQUITOES THEN THIS IS THE TRAIL FOR YOU. FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR IT IS REALLY NICE. ALTHOUGH IT IS SUBJECT TO FLOODING IF THERE IS A LARGE AMOUNT OF RAIN. A PERMIT IS REQUIRED SO YOU WILL BE INFORMED IF THE TRAIL IS FLOODED.
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