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Sam Houston National Forest

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Alt Names

Kelly's Pond Campground, 208 OHV Trailhead, 233 Trailhead, 234 Trailhead, Northwest Trailhead, Lake Conroe

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular area actually consists of two separate trail systems located on the western and eastern sides of northern Lake Conroe. The Sam Houston National Forest offers about 85 miles of designated multiple-use trails that is a mix of hardpack and sand, mud and creek crossings.

Camping with direct trail access can be found at Kelly's Pond Campground, which has eight sites, each with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. The campground is located in the center of a flat, grassy field, so there is plenty of turn around room for large trailers. There is no fee charged for camping but a permit is required if using the trails.

There are several day use staging areas that have self pay kiosks. Please note that unless street legal, there is no direct OHV access to connect the eastern and western trail systems.

The trails are open year-round but will close temporarily on short notice during inclement weather, so call first before heading out.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityNew Waverly, TX
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From: Huntsville, TX
1) Take I-45 north to exit 102
2) Turn left (west) on FM-1375, continue 3.6 miles
3) Turn right (north) on NF-233, continue 2.8 miles

For the West Side Staging Area:
4) Continue west on FM-1375 for about 6 miles
5) Turn right (north) on FS-208, continue about 1 mile
6) Staging area is on the left (west)

For the Northwest Staging Area:
7) Continue north past the Westside Staging Area about 5 miles
8) Staging area is on the left (west)

For Kelly's Pond Campground:
9) From FM-1375 turn south on NF-204, continue .75 miles
10) Turn right (south-west) on Kelly's Pond Road, continue 1.5 miles to campground.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles255
Miles Of Trail85
Climate TypeForest
Elevation200 to 350 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesTX OHV Decal
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedno trailblazing
FireworksProhibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES & PASSES

Parking ($0.00)
EntryYes ($5.00 per person)
self pay kiosks at trailheads
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)
CommentAnnual Pass - $25

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (NE)Huntsville Memorial Hospital (936) 291-3411
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Exxon (936) 291-938
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Exxon (936) 291-938
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)Cagle Recreation Area Campground (936) 344-6205
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (S)Cagle Recreation Area Campground (936) 344-6205
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)Cagle Recreation Area Campground (936) 344-6205
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteKelly's Pond Campground (936) 344-6205
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Exxon (936) 291-938
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (SW)Scott's Ridge Swim Site (936) 344-6205
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteLake Conroe
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (S)Cagle Recreation Area Boat Ramp (936) 344-6205

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSam Houston National Forest
394 FM 1375 West
New Waverly, TX 77358
(936) 344-6205
(888) 361-6908
mailroom_r8_texas@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Commentselect option 2 for trail conditions
Contact InfoTexas OHV Decal Info
(512) 389-8917
www.tpwd.state.tx.us

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