LONE STAR TRAIL MAP TEXAS
The longest trail in the state, the Lone Star Trail runs the length of Sam Houston National Forest in East Texas. It includes a number of loops, and a portion of the trail has National Recreation Trail status.
The trail leads through forests of hardwoods and pine, and crosses a number of creeks, with some deep ravines. Most of the terrain here is nearly flat, so it makes for easy backpacking.
Camping Regulations: Designated campsites are available in some locations along the trail. Camping is allowed elsewhere as well, as are campfires, except where posted otherwise. No permits are required.
Camping is restricted to designated spots during deer hunting season. Since summers are typically hot and humid, fall through spring are the best times for backpacking on this trail.
For Further Information: National Forests in Texas, Homer Garrison Federal Building, 701 North First Street, Lufkin, TX 75901; (409)639-8501.
TEXAS CAMPING RESOURCES
ORGANIZATIONS WHICH OFFER WILDERNESS CAMPING TRIPS
Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter, P.O. Box 9191, El Paso, TX 79983. This chapter of the Sierra Club has several regional groups. Some of the groups sponsor backpacking trips and courses for beginners.
Camper’s Guide to Texas Parks, Lakes, and ForestsLittle, Mickey. Houston: Lone Star Books.
Hiker’s Guide to TexasParent, Laurence. Helena, MT: Falcon Press.
Hiker’s Guide to Trails of Big Bend National ParkBig Bend Natural History Association, 1978.
Hiking and Backpacking Trails of TexasLittle, Mickey. Houston: Gulf Publishing Co., 1990.
Hiking the SouthwestGanci, Dave. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1983.
INFORMATION ABOUT STATE PARK CAMPGROUNDS
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744; (512)389-4800.
STATE HIGHWAY MAP AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
Texas Division of Tourism, P.O. Box 12728, Austin, TX 78711; (512)462-9191/(800)888-8839.