Sam Houston National Forest Palmetto Trail

Montgomery, Texas

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The Palmetto Trail, while straight and easy to follow, is a demanding hike that requires patience and perseverance. The palmetto stand that you reach is a beautiful site not often seen around the Houston area, but it can be wet, muddy, and dark. Make sure you start the hike early in the day so that the sun is high above when you come to the palmettos. The Sam Houston National Forest is one of four national forests in Texas. It contains more than 163,000 acres and is located between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland, and Richards. The district ranger’s office is located on FM 1375, 3 miles west of New Waverly. Archeological evidence that dates back 7,000 years has been found in a number of sites in the national forest. Any artifacts found must not be disturbed as they are protected by federal and state regulations. Hiking, fishing, and hunting are allowed in most of the national forest.

Sam Houston National Forest: Palmetto Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Palmetto Trail, while straight and easy to follow, is a demanding hike that requires patience and perseverance. The palmetto stand that you reach is a beautiful site not often seen around the Houston area, but it can be wet, muddy, and dark. Make sure you start the hike early in the day so that the sun is high above when you come to the palmettos. The Sam Houston National Forest is one of four national forests in Texas.

It contains more than 163,000 acres and is located between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland, and Richards. The district ranger’s office is located on FM 1375, 3 miles west of New Waverly. Archeological evidence that dates back 7,000 years has been found in a number of sites in the national forest. Any artifacts found must not be disturbed as they are protected by federal and state regulations. Hiking, fishing, and hunting are allowed in most of the national forest."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Montgomery
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Huntsville State Park
Local Maps: USGS: Montgomery
Driving Directions: Directions to Sam Houston National Forest: Palmetto Trail

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May 2018