After our recent move to Richmond, Texas, Sweetie and I took a short weekend camping trip to Double Lake Recreation Area in the San Houston National Forest outside of Coldspring, Texas.
Much different than the west Texas camping we've been accustomed to over the past 10 years. It should go without saying that the humidity level here in east Texas is much higher than in the west but that is offset somewhat by the much larger number and size of the trees!
Yes, Dorothy, there are trees bigger than a shrub oak around here and those trees helped us survive the heat index and lack of breeze (humm, come to think of it, maybe the reason there was no breeze was because the trees may have been blocking it.). And for the first time since we camped in Rita, we were able to use the awning without worrying about it being blown off the side of the trailer!
I must say the campground itself was very quiet and the sites aren't stacked close to each other (like at the KOAs. Nothing against the KOA campgrounds, they're just a place to pull in and sleep for the night. Well, unless you like their pools or their playgrounds or their dining facilities.)
Overall, I highly recommend Double Lake Recreation Area even if we didn't get a chance to hike any of the Lone Star Hiking Trail. This 129-mile National Recreation Trail runs from through the Sam Houston National Forest and run near Cleveland on the east and Richards on the west. The trail crosses both private property and public roads so do be careful about taking care of the areas you are traveling. Also, please note there are no public toilet facilities on the trail (although it does come close to several towns and at least one state park with public facilities). There are few designated camping areas (except during hunting seasons) so you can camp where ever you might find a dry, flat spot.
Next up, we head to Gonzales, Texas, to camp at the Palmeto State Park.