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Sam Houston National Forest notice

I can see that there is a restriction for motorized vehicles, but I have ZERO understanding why the government don't want me to walk through the forest. They act like there was an UFO landing and Mulder and Scully are on the loose. But I guess the old saying applies for Federal Employees: when you pay bananas you will only hire monkeys.
Little birdie told me you can walk. Haven't seen it in writing.
 
Huntsville State PARK IS OPEN!!!!
Partly
Park HQ and Store - open with regular hours.
Nature Center - Open when Ranger John is in.
Boat Ramp - open
Fishing Piers - open
Most Campsites -open
Day Use - open (check the map for alternative bathrooms)
Ravens Lodge - closed
Day Use bathrooms- closed
Swimming area - closed:(
Boathouse and rentals - closed
ALL TRAILS - closed
Some Campsites - closed (emails will go out to those reservations)
Please observe and follow closures. This is for your safety and ours. Thank you for your support and patience.

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PARK IS OPEN!!!!
Partly
Park HQ and Store - open with regular hours.
Nature Center - Open when Ranger John is in.
Boat Ramp - open
Fishing Piers - open
Most Campsites -open
Day Use - open (check the map for alternative bathrooms)
Ravens Lodge - closed
Day Use bathrooms- closed
Swimming area - closed:(
Boathouse and rentals - closed
ALL TRAILS - closed
Some Campsites - closed (emails will go out to those reservations)
Please observe and follow closures. This is for your safety and ours. Thank you for your support and patience.

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All Trails means also Hiking Trails?
 
All Trails means also Hiking Trails?
🚧ℹ️ Sam Houston Update: Lone Star Hiking Trail
Effective Saturday 6/15/2024

Portions of the Lone Star Hiking Trail System have reopened; however, some sections will remain CLOSED due to damaged infrastructure.

🗺 We are creating a map that will be posted at a future date of the trail system.

‼️ Please be advised access is not permitted in areas that are flagged and signed as CLOSED.

The Lone Star Hiking Trail will be closed at the following locations:
🔺The intersection of Lone Star Hiking Trail & Little Lake Creek Loop to Forest Service Road 271
🔺Camila Dam to Trailhead 7
🔺Double Lake Recreation Area to Trailhead 12
🔺Trailhead 14 to Trailhead 15

Other Trail Sections closed:

🔺Westfork
🔺Big Creek
🔺White Oak
🔺Pine

Please continue to monitor our Facebook page for updates.
Don't forget to Like, Follow and Share. 🤗
 
"Greetings everyone, workdays are now being approved to work on the Multi Use Trails. This past Sunday Myself and James Gunter did a Survey starting on North Balloon. Although we found a lot of damage , it's all repairable. The Westside is first trail system that we are looking to get opened .
Forest Service want about 40 miles of Trails repaired in order to open . This means just about everything on the Westside .
The good news is that there are no Bridge failures on the Westside. Everyone that knows about Lake Loop can relate.
We will start this Friday. It will be tree and debris removal starting at North Balloon. We will clear a path for the Trail Dozier , which will be right behind us.
We will need A and B Sawers , Swampers to help move debris, and a lookout for the Dozier. 4 wheelers to carry equipment, or your bike for transportation. No UVTs on this one, the trail is to rough. We had to use the winch on the 4wheeler This past Sunday just to keep it moving. No kids under 16 years on this one, also don't bring a small wheeled bike.
Folks the repairs are just getting started but we have to have your help getting the debris off the trails in order for the Dozier to operate efficiently. This is your chance to get involved, check the trails out and see what happens when Mother Nature cuts loose.
Have to have a Volunteer Service Agreement, VSA. Hard hat , long pants, long sleeve shirt, and gloves , bring your lunch and plenty of water. Keep in mind that the trails are closed and this is a Work detail only."
 
"Friday 7-5-24 Workday SHNF
First off have to say Thanks to everyone that came out. Had a good enough turn out that we ran two Sawers crews and one Dozier crew. We completed all of North and South Balloon for a total of 17 miles cleared. The Dozier crew , ran by Wild Bill got about 6.5 miles of Trails ready to ride. It was a hot day with Temps close to 100 deg. Which made the amount of work done even more impressive. That's rideable Trail from the Hunters Camp to the Northwest Trailhead, hats off to Billy. Again Thanks to everyone who came out and helped with the Sawer Crews. I guarantee that we could not have cleared 17 miles without you.
It was a great feeling at the end of the day to look back at everything that was accomplished. We will look and see what this latest storm brings us, but looking at another Workday This coming Saturday 7-13-24 , probably starting from the 208 Trailhead"
Per John M.
Fridays workers

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These guys got the work started and now the hurricane is zeroed in on the forest. :(
 
Tentative Workday Saturday 7-13-24
This is a Tentative Workday that will depend on many factors outside of our control. However I need to give people a heads up and waiting till next weekend kills two weeks of work.
Soooo... this Saturday 7-13-24 we will have a Workday. Meeting at the 208 Trailhead at 9am with the goal of clearing String, Woodpecker , and Kelly's Pond Trails. A and B Sawers and any others that can help remove cut tree debris.
Hopefully the Forest Service can give us an approval as that's their biggest job right now, Removal of Storm Debris
Again I'm sending this out just to give everyone a heads up, has not been approved yet
 

MUT WESTSIDE WORKDAY - AFTER BERYL​



















  • When
    07/13/2024

  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location
    Meet at 208 Trailhead
  • Registered
    1 registrant

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The work to remove trees from the trail from the May Derecho and July Hurricane Beryl continues. Swampers and FS-certified A&B Sawyers needed. This workday will address downed trees and debris from 208 Trailhead upstream; Woodpecker and Kellys Pond Trail as time allows. Getting trees off the trail is the first step towards reopening.
It's summertime in Texas so bring lots of fluids for hydration, light snacks, and a lunch. Stay for the day, or whatever you can do. Standard PPE includes long pants and shirts, boots, and gloves. Eye and ear protection will be provided.
All volunteers must have a 2024 approved Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA) in place. Keep a copy with you on the workday. Don't have a current VSA? Get the form here: USFS VSA Fill out the front and back, sign it, and email it to heather.spencer@usda.gov for approval. Allow 48 hours for turn around.
Workday Leader: John M
 
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