Sweetleaf Nature Trail

1.00 Mile
2point5stars (2.67)3
1star (1.17)
2stars (2.33)
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Outdoor Classes
A nice area where outdoor classes are held. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Swinging Bridge
A suspension bridge at the far end of the loop that is fun to walk across. Some of the planks are painted different colors to give it a rainbow effect. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Tenderfoot Bridge
The is the bridge at the midpoint. Note that the trail markers are easily seen. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Trail Map
Basically a simple loop that goes along the creek with two spanning bridges. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Entrance Off FM1488
This is the entrance to the trail as seen from the shoulder of FM1488. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Log Entries
Short Loop Trail
By Lone_Star on 2/2/2013
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 45 minutes

Sweetleaf Nature Trail sits right off FM1488.  You have to be on the lookout for it because there's only a small sign indicating where it is.  You might miss it while speeding down FM1488 at 60mph.

On the day I went, the gate to the dirt road entrance was closed.  Fortunately, right across the street is the WG Jones State Forest recreation area which has a small dirt parking lot.

After braving the crossing of FM1488 on foot, I stepped over the gate and walked about 1/4 mile before getting to the nature trailhead.  The trail basically parallels a small meandering stream.  The trail is well-marked and has many wood bridges along the way to help improve footing.  At the far-end of the loop, there is a small suspension bridge which is kind of fun since it flexes and swings when you walk across it.  Kids will love it.

I did see a deer, but there's not much solitude because of the noise of traffic roaring down FM1488 nearby.  It is a cool, little escape, however, if you want a getaway.

decent walk. lots of birds
By blkeller on 2/5/2008
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 2 minutes

Went birding with the mother-in-law. Saw tons of birds including the woodpecker she was after.

Nice walk in the woods
By jmitchell on 5/4/2007
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 45 minutes
I hiked the trails off of Hwy 242 with my dog. Very relaxing. I never saw anyone else. Quick easy get-away if you live in The Woodlands, TX or North Houston
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