W. Goodrich Jones State Forest

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Long, Straight Trails
The trails are long straightaways. (Photo by Blaze)
Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Habitat
On the north side of FM1488, near the Texas A&M Forest Service building, there is an area preserved for the red-cockaded woodpecker. (Photo by Blaze)
Excellent Signage
There are no distance markers, but these "street signs" let you know where you are. (Photo by Blaze)
This small pond is off the Middle Lake Trail. (Photo by Blaze)
Entrance Sign
This is the sign to the W. G. Jones State Forest. (Photo by Blaze)
Log Entries
Easy but pretty
By Missgirlwonder on 1/7/2016
Rating: 1star Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Easy hike, clear cut paths, but it's great for some exercise. It's heavily wooded and quite pretty. During the summer the dogs can take a dip in the reservoirs. Today I just wanted a short drive and nice hike, WG Jones was perfect. 

Many Trails In Grid Format
By Blaze on 4/8/2013
Rating: 1point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 12.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 1 minute

W. Goodrich Jones State Forest is a large rectangular plot of forested land that has trails running along the perimeter as well as several trails criss-crossing the interior.  Most of these trails are straight, so the trails are laid out in a grid.  It feels like a street map in a way and there are "street signs" at the corner of each trail intersection.

The majority of the W. Goodrich Jones State Forest is south of FM1488, but there is a section to the north of FM1488, too.  This northern section contains the Sweetleaf Nature Trail which I hiked a couple of months earlier (you can read my log of that location here).

There is a small parking lot on the south side of FM1488.  There are a couple of small ponds, but otherwise there's not a lot to see other than a lot of trees.  On the northern side of FM1488, there is a section for the red-cockaded woodpecker, an endangered species.  I didn't see any of them, but I did hear a lot of them.  The trails are not only for hiking, but for equestrians, joggers and mountain bikers.

I recently purchased a GPS, so this hike was my first opportunity to test it out and become familiarized with it.  I took a rather circuitous route so I could cover the majority of all the trails.  I have uploaded the .GPX file.

Not a great hike in terms of scenery, but a good place to get some distance in.

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