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Sam Houston National Forest

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Alt Names

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

Last Known StatusOpen

This large trail system has about 85 miles of marked woods trails that span across the western and eastern side of northern Lake Conroe. There are several day use staging areas that have self pay kiosks. Camping with direct trail access can be found at Kelly's Pond Campground.

The trails are open year-round but may close temporarily on short notice due to inclement weather. Nearby Cagle Recreation Area offers full RV hookups and a boat ramp.

Trail Map... Directions... Nearby Trails...


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.


LandNational Forest


Recommended StayFull Day


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


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)
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome Areas(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)
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 Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.


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


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


Contact InfoSam Houston National Forest
394 FM 1375 West
New Waverly, TX 77358
(936) 344-6205
(888) 361-6908
Commentselect option 2 for trail conditions
Contact InfoTexas OHV Decal Info
(512) 389-8917


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