Make plans to lace up your hiking boots or favorite walking shoes on National Trails Day this Saturday, June 2. According the American Hiking Society, this year’s event marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System. Hikers are encouraged to join this historic event and collectively improve 2,802 miles of trail – the distance across the U.S. – and pledge to leave a trail or park better than you found it. For more information about this national movement, visit https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/.
There are so many great places to step out nearby. Here four sources for natural hiking trails, just to name a few:
- The WG Jones State Forest, located on Middle Lake Trail off F.M. 1488 in Conroe, is a public forest that features trails, picnic areas and two lakes and is known for its champion sweetleaf tree. As one of the nation’s largest working urban forests with 15 miles of trails and pathways for horseback riding and outdoor exercise and enjoyment, its primary purpose is resource education. For more information, visit http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/jones-state-forest/.
- The Sam Houston National Forest, located just north of Willis, is an expansive, wooded recreation and wildlife area featuring multiple hiking trails among 163,037 acres. For more information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/about-forest/districts/?cid=fswdev3_008443.
- The George Mitchell Nature Preserve located inside the Village of Creekside Park in The Woodlands is part of the Montgomery County Spring Creek Greenway and offers a 2-mile main hiking loop, 3 miles of bike trails. For more information, visit https://www.thewoodlandstx.com/parks/george-mitchell-nature-preserve.php.
- The Montgomery County Preserve is a peaceful, wooded preserve featuring a variety of trails, wetlands, a sandy creek & lots of wildlife among 71 acres of forested wetlands in Spring with parking at 1118 Pruitt Road, just south of The Woodlands. For more information, visit http://www.bayoulandconservancy.org/montgomery-county-preserve.
See you on the trail!