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South Loop

Intermediate
 3.5 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice ride among the trees bordering Huntsville State Park, but in the Sam Houston National Forest.


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6.5

Miles

10.5

KM

90%

Singletrack

477' 145 m

High

394' 120 m

Low

318' 97 m

Up

318' 97 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

This ride passes near the hiking only Lone Star Trail, which incurs a $400 fine if you bring a bike on it. Make sure to stay on track.

Overview

A fun, new trail just outside of the Huntsville State Park. A short, but fun singletrack ride that includes lots of dips and turns through the natural terrain. This trail can be accessed by the CCC Trail that circles the Huntsville State Park, or via the feeder road along I-45 where hikers would enter the Lone Star Trail.

Need to Know

This loop starts at the Nature Center parking area in Huntsville State Park. There is a $7 day user entrance fee to enter the park or $70 annual State Parks Pass (2020 prices). Limited free parking is available at the Lone Star Trailhead on IH-45 at the end of FS 286. There is a major project (as of 2020) to widen/rebuild I-45 in this area and this could affect this parking area.

Description

To pick up the trail, ride to it using the CCC Trail near the Huntsville State Park Nature Center in a clockwise manner to the South Loop Trail at mile 0.75. You can also park outside the Huntsville State Park on the I-45 Feeder road if you don't want to pay the $5/person fee to hit it from the park side. This trail is a good addition to the Chinquapin Trail nearby and well worth the $5 for parking and the added mileage! The trail is pleasant, easy riding through the trees. It has a few dips through small creeks that are dry in the summer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Skipper Tanglewood with improvements by Lost Justpastnowhere

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  3.5 from 13 votes

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A picture of the trail and a good representation of how most of the trail looks.
Mar 20, 2016 near Huntsville, TX
Entrance to the South Loop Trail.
Mar 20, 2016 near Huntsville, TX

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Apr 25, 2021
Manny R
The jump areas need a little cleaning up from debris otherwise pretty decent trail
Apr 21, 2020
Skai Shadow
Enjoyable trail. However, many downed trees. Some hard to pick up trail in other side. The clear sections were fun. — 3h 00m
Mar 5, 2020
Lost Justpastnowhere
Oct 13, 2018
Rich Laffey
Oct 11, 2018
Mark Ridenour
Mar 27, 2017
Cookie Renn
Some sections of the main trail around the lake was closed but manage to get on the north, inner and south loop of the newer trails. 20mi
Mar 3, 2017
Crs Duran
Nov 21, 2016
Abigail Jones
12mi