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Located in Eastern Texas near New Waverly and approximately an hour’s drive from the city of Houston, Sam Houston National Forest covers 163,045 acres. This national forest was established in 1936 and extends to three counties. Fifty-nine thousand seven hundred forty-six acres are in San Jacinto County, 54,153 acres are in Walker County and 47,609 acres in Montgomery County. Its rolling terrain features lakes, meadows, creeks, woodlands, and wilderness. Major attractions include 22,000-acre Lake Conroe and 82,600 acres- Lake Livingstone. Sam Houston National Forest is divided into several recreational areas.

Sam Houston National Forest has a wide array of recreational activities. For land lovers, there are ample opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, wildlife watching, birding, biking, and hunting. While most visitors to Sam Houston National Forest choose land activities, those who love aquatic activities are not left out. Search for a motorhome rental in Walker County and enjoy water sports activities such as sailing, fishing, boating, and swimming.

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Getting Outdoors

Hiking is the biggest draw in Sam Houston National Forest. If you are interested in hiking, the forest offers more than 100 miles of trail. Lone Star Hiking Trail is the most favorite trail here. About 27 miles of this 128-mile trail is designated as part of the National Recreation Trails. This scenic trail cuts through the diverse forest landscape giving hikers breathtaking views of the lakes, flora, and fauna.

When you are after wildlife, Sam Houston National Forest has lots of animals and birds. Animals spotted here include deer, squirrels, rabbits, and feral hogs. Birders can spot doves, bald eagles, quails, woodpeckers, and ducks.

Fishing is a popular activity all year round. Regardless of the recreation area, you choose to visit; you will have access to lake waters. Both Lake Livingston and Lake Conroe yields excellent catches of bass. Anglers can fish from a boat or the shoreline. Other species include bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish.

Camping at Sam Houston National Forest

When you are coming with your motorhome rental, you will find plenty of RV-friendly campgrounds spread in the three Sam Houston National Forest campgrounds.

Perched on the shores of Lake Conroe Cagle Campground offers 45 sites spread in two loops. Camping here with your travel trailer rental is convenient thanks to amenities such as full hookups, hot showers, and restrooms.

Located near the namesake 27-acre lake, Double Lake campground is the largest campground in Sam Houston National Forest. It has 65 sites. There are 17 full hookup sites and 19 water and electric hookup sites. Amenities offered include restrooms and hot showers. With 28 sites, Stubblefield Campground is the smallest campground. It is suitable for smaller RVs. Hot showers and restrooms are available.

Exploring the Area

When you rent a motorhome in New Waverly, you will discover that this region of Texas has many attractions to offer. Regardless of your interests, you can always find a favorite destination. The most popular attractions in the area include wildlife habitats, museums, and golf courses.

If you like to watch wildlife head over to Houston Zoo with your travel trailer rental. Nestled within Herman Park, this is one of the most famous zoos in the United States. Houston Zoo is teeming with wildlife and is a great place to bring kids. Inside this 55-acre zoo, visitors can see kudus, African lions, Asian elephants, American alligators, white rhinoceros, gorillas, and Malayan tigers. Should you be interested in marine animals, Kipp Aquarium has plenty of fish, octopus, and sea turtles. Bird watchers can spot doves, kingfishers, and Cassowaries.

Sam Houston Memorial Museum spans over 15 acres of land in Huntsville and is dedicated to the history of General Sam Houston, a former Texan politician. Furniture, weapons, and wood carvings are on display. Besides, there are plenty of Houston’s items, including vests and Santa Anna’s saddle.

Located in Humble, Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is a great place to relax with your family during your RV rental vacation. Spanning 400 acres, this nature lover’s paradise features several gardens, fountains, and ponds. There are many walking paths traversing the gardens where visitors can enjoy leisurely strolls.

If you love festivals, don’t miss the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission during your RV rental trip. Covering 55 acres, this park has been hosting Renaissance festivals each year for over four decades. Book a motor home in New Waverly any time from mid-October to the end of November and enjoy themed weekends. This Texas Renaissance Festival features live entertainment, dancers, food and local crafts vendors, actors, and fireworks. Should your adventures include the kiddos, there are plenty of games and rides to keep them entertained.

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