The Woodlands Trail is a lollipop-shaped trail. Actually, it is a composite of three loop trails of various lengths. The short loop is ~ 3 miles, the medium loop is ~ 4 miles, and the long loop is ~ 5 miles. At the northern most point, the long loop runs right behind the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation.
The trail was not very well-maintained when I went. The grass was ankle high and the vegetation had overgrown in several areas. In fact, I ran into a European family that was headed back and they told me that the trail was closed. I thanked them and continued. I later surmised they came to that conclusion because the trail was so poorly maintained. On a positive note, there are rest benches along the trail that also serve as trail maps. Clever dual-use of resources.
Dead of winter yet still an enjoyable hike. It was my and my son Ben's first hike together. Nice little pond of about 3 acres but no wildlife. The trail runs right alongside the Alabama-Coshatta Indian Reservation and there are signs and a fence to let you know where the boundry is. There is a bench with the trail map carved in it approx. 1.1 miles down the trail. Trail is marked and maintained very well. The popsicle shaped trail is around 6 miles in length with the loop being around 3-4 miles so it's all new scenery there.