Are you and your fur buddy looking for the hike of a lifetime? If you are, check out the Lone Star Trail. This trail is the longest continuous trail in the state of Texas, and if you want to do the full route, plan on being out hiking for around a week. There are two main trailheads, as well as fifteen other various points of entry to the different sections of the trail. If you and pup are not up to such a long hike, don't worry, you can do out and back on any of the sections, and your fur buddy will enjoy it just as much.
One of the main trailheads is located near to the town of Richards on Forest Road 219. The other is at the Winters Bayou Scenic Area just outside of Cleveland in Texas. The Lone Star interconnects with multiple other trails and loops, so it's a good idea to carry a trail map with you, or you could head up the wrong track. Keep an eye out for the markers which are small metal plaques to keep you and pup going in the right direction.
The Lone Star trail is a forest hike almost all the way. The dirt trail winding through the trees is a wide one, but does narrow to single track in places, and there can be patches of thorny undergrowth to tackle. You and pup will be walking through tall, shady pines and crossing creeks. Spring and fall are pawsome times to do this hike. Early in the year, you'll find the forest has an abundance of wildflowers. Summer is humid, and there can be lots of bugs, so best avoid those months.
Water is a sparse commodity on this trail, so be sure to pack enough in your backpack, plus snacks if you are going a distance. Have a furrific forest hike with your furry bestie!