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Big Thicket - Turkey Creek Trail

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Pitcher Plant we saw these plant along part of trail (Photo by TrailShoe) One of four carnivorous plants in the area (Photo by TrailShoe) Sandbar on Turkey Creek (Photo by TrailShoe)
Red Flowers don't know what they are, but the are an eye catcher. (Photo by TrailShoe) (Photo by TrailShoe) (Photo by TrailShoe)
pitcher plant closeup (Photo by ee_achee) pitcher plant closeup (2) (Photo by ee_achee) bald cypress Taken between the 2 and 3 mile post (Photo by ee_achee)
Trail Sign This is the sign off Hwy 1943. (Photo by Lone_Star) Trailhead This is the northern trailhead off Hwy 1943. (Photo by Lone_Star) View Of The Trail The trail is wide and generally easy to follow. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Fungus Among Us There were some massive fungi on this log. I placed my cell phone on the log for scale. (Photo by Lone_Star) Turkey Creek The trail takes you along Turkey Creek. You can use it as a water source if you have the proper filtration equipment and supplies. (Photo by Lone_Star) Sporadic Mile Markers Some mile markers are present, others are missing. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Bald Cypress Trees There are numerous bald cypress trees along the creek. (Photo by Lone_Star) Another View Of The Trail There are boardwalks to help you walk over the low-lying wet areas. (Photo by Lone_Star) Nice Rest Spots There are some nice places to rest along Turkey Creek. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Nice Shaded Areas In several parts of the trail, the foliage forms "tunnels" that provide shade. (Photo by Lone_Star) Lizard Notice how this species of lizard has evolved to exactly match the color of the surrounding foliage in the background. Amazing! (Photo by Lone_Star) Caterpillars These are not processionary caterpillars, but they had a nice little procession going... kind of like a group hike! :) (Photo by Lone_Star)
Trail Sign This is the sign off Gore Store Road. (Photo by Lone_Star) Trailhead This is the trailhead off Gore Store Road. (Photo by Lone_Star) Fallen Trees There were several fallen trees blocking the trail as well as a few widowmakers. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Good Signage In The Sandhill Loop Area These signs provided a small map and directions. (Photo by Lone_Star) Sandhill Loop The trail was well-maintained and, like the Kirby Nature Trail, had some educational placards along the trail. (Photo by Lone_Star) Knees These strange looking growth formations coming up out of the water are the "knees" of the bald cypress trees. (Photo by Lone_Star)
May Apples These little umbrella plants are called may apples. Very cool little plant! (Photo by Lone_Star) Nice Shaded Areas Many parts of the trail provide a lot of shade. (Photo by Lone_Star) Nice Rest Areas There are some nice rest benches along Turkey Creek. (Photo by Lone_Star)
View Of The Trail There are numerous boardwalks to help you walk over the low-lying wet areas. (Photo by Lone_Star)

Log Entries

Gore Store Road To Kirby Nature Trail & Back
By Lone_Star on 4/24/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.31 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 54 minutes

This is my second log of the Turkey Creek Trail and covers the section from Gore Store Road to the Kirby Nature Trail outer loop.  It also includes the Sandhill Loop.

The Sandhill Loop was very well-maintained and the signage in this area was good, but the Turkey Creek Trail was a different story.  There were a lot of fallen trees and sporadic direction markers.  The distance markers were non-existent.  Some fallen trees you could walk over or around, but others completely blocked the trail and forced you to bushwhack.

The trail does afford you some great views of Turkey Creek, however.

 

Hwy 1943 To Gore Store Road & Back
By Lone_Star on 4/23/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 19.13 Miles Duration: 7 hours, 7 minutes

Note:  This log covers both the Turkey Creek Trail (from Hwy 1943 to Gore Store Road) and the Pitcher Plant Trail.

The Turkey Creek trail is a long, winding, primitive, linear trail that runs parallel to and along Turkey Creek.  It reminded me of the Lone Star Hiking Trail, only the trees were not blazed.

Along the way, you can take a fork to the Pitcher Plant Trail (which can be hiked separately if you access the trail from Pin Oak Road).  Whether you hike the Pitcher Plant Trail separately or in conjunction with the Turkey Creek Trail, I highly recommend you hike the Pitcher Plant Trail.  They are really cool, alien-looking plants, and the Pitcher Plant trail will take you to an area where there are gazillions of them.

The Turkey Creek Trail is a good, flat distance hike, but the trail was not very well-maintained.  There were several fallen trees blocking the trail and a few widowmakers leaning over the trail.

The signage is OK, but not great.  For example, I saw mile marker posts, but only the 4, 6, 7, and 8 mile posts.  The others were missing or not visible.  Also, sometimes the trail joins and proceeds along a utility right of way path or dirt road and there are signs pointing to where the trail branches off, but at other times there are no signs.  This causes a little confusion and increases the chance of making a wrong turn.

You can camp for free in the Big Thicket, but you have to get a Backcountry Use Permit at the Visitors Center.  Also, be advised that camping is primitive.  There are no campgrounds, campsites, water or electrical hookups.  You just pitch your tent under the stars.

The Turkey Creek Trail took me two days to complete.  Consequently, this log will be followed by my log of the southern portion of Turkey Creek Trail (from Gore Store Road to the Kirby Nature Trail) and Sandhill Loop.

The further you go into the trail, the better it is
By ee_achee on 4/16/2011
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Started at 4:50 pm on the northern side to Turkey creek trailhead at FM1943. Passed the 3 mile pole and continue onto Pitcher Plant trail. Return via the same route. Completed by 7.20 pm.

Shakedown hike before trip to Colorado
By TrailShoe on 6/24/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: N/A
On every hike there has been an abundance of flowering trees and plants. Each time there is something different over period of a couple of weeks.
Hike from Hester Bridge Road to North Trail Head
By TrailShoe on 6/11/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Nice hike, we hiked 6 miles in about 4.5 hours.
Gore Store Road to Hester Bridge Road
By TrailShoe on 6/4/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Nice morning for a hike. Had a puppy hanging around start area that walked with me up and back. 6 miles. Lots of flowering plants and a few squirrels near Hester Bridge Road.
Good Hike
By TrailShoe on 6/4/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiked from Gore Store Road to Hester Bridge Road. Good hike, only 3 miles one way, but be aware no potable water available along trail where we hiked, but creek is available for purification/filtering at Hester Bridge Road after about 3 miles in from Gore Store Road.
Kirby Nature Trail
By TrailShoe on 6/3/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hike along Cypress loop was impressive. Never saw Cypress trees that big. We also hiked out to the SandHill Loop. Quite a contrast to the Kirby Nature Trail. Good afternoon hike.
By bern0416 on 4/22/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 17.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Decent length and close to houston
By wildhog06 on 2/19/2006
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 17.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Outfitter in Kountze dropped off at N end of trail. Camped at halfway point. No campfires allowed! Little wildlife seen. Needed compass to navigate S when intersecting loop trails (not marked extremely well). When along creek the scenery was more interesting.

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