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Big Creek Scenic Area in Sam Houston National Forest

Big Creek Scenic AreaDescription: Known for its diversity of plants and animals, the 1,420-acre Big Creek Scenic Area offers visitors a well-marked trail through a mixed hardwood-pine forest along the highly-scenic Big Creek. Among the varied habitats are the beech-magnolia-loblolly ecosystem, beautiful fern banks along the creek, slender wake robin blooming in late February or early March, and huge upland pines. The Lone Star Hiking Trail traverses the area, with four trail loops of various lengths, all starting from the parking lot.

Amenities: Hiking, birdwatching. No toilets. While no camping is allowed in the Scenic Area, the Double Lake Recreation Area offers camping nearby. 

Location: Big Creek Scenic Area is approximately six miles west of Shepherd, and a parking lot is conveniently located off FS 217.

Directions/maps: From Hwy 59 in Cleveland, take FM 2025 (Old Cold Spring Rd) north about ten miles, then turn right (east) onto FM 2666 for more than two miles, then left on Forest Service Road 217.  Watch for signs for the Big Creek Scenic Area parking lot.  From Shepherd, take TX Hwy 150 nearly five miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road 217.  Watch for signs.
Map: Sam Houston NF - click here.

Admission: Free; open year-round.

Contact: 936-344-6205

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