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Looking for advice about Toledo Bend

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Offline Slimkitty

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Looking for advice about Toledo Bend
« on: March 13, 2018, 06:28:02 PM »
So in early May my wife and kid will be out of town visiting her family.  Iím thinking I may take this time alone to go on a solo camping trip for a weekend in the Toledo Bend area.  Iíve only driven through the area once, and it really left an impression.  Itíll be myself and my dog.  So far Iím leaning towards an ďunimprovedĒ campsite at South Toledo Bend state park in Louisiana.  But the lake is so big, and straddling two states, so Iím open to any ideas, whether itís on the Louisiana or Texas side.  Iím interested in doing a little hiking, swimming, and tent camping. 

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Offline dprather

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Re: Looking for advice about Toledo Bend
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 07:35:31 PM »
So in early May my wife and kid will be out of town visiting her family.  Iím thinking I may take this time alone to go on a solo camping trip for a weekend in the Toledo Bend area.  Iíve only driven through the area once, and it really left an impression.  Itíll be myself and my dog.  So far Iím leaning towards an ďunimprovedĒ campsite at South Toledo Bend state park in Louisiana.  But the lake is so big, and straddling two states, so Iím open to any ideas, whether itís on the Louisiana or Texas side.  Iím interested in doing a little hiking, swimming, and tent camping. 

Too Cool.  I am just south of Jasper on the Texas side.

There is an interesting, very lightly traveled, but not difficult backpacking trail that travels federal forest land stretching between Lakes Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend.  Not surprisingly, it's called "The Trail Between the Lakes" (TBL).

TBL quickfacts:
(1) almost 26 miles.  Since it is flat, it can be done as 2 days/one night (but why?).
(2) it is point to point (and not a loop).
(3) Western terminus - Texas Highway 96 near the Sam Rayburn Reservoir
(4) Eastern terminus - Lakeview Recreation area on Toledo Bend
(5) If you like the Southern pine forests, you'll like the TBL.
(6) the only water is sketchy (very muddy; lots of East Texas water has much more historical industrial runoff than you'd think), but the trail crosses several roads that make for good "secret" cache locations.
(7) Once well-maintained, the TBL now is practically returned to wilderness (some describe it as primitive).  The bad news is that you'll have to make your own water crossings, none of which are anything like treacherous.
(8) The marking system has also deteriorated, but staying on trail is not too tough at all.
(9) TAKE BUG DOPE (or you'll be a well-bitten dope).

Finding the Western trailhead is a bit tricky.

May is pushing the limits for East Texas backpacking, but is not terrible (typically)

I posted a thread about the TBL on here recently.

A buddy once did the TBL with his dog.

GOOGLE: Trail Between the Lakes.

Contact me with more questions.



Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Looking for advice about Toledo Bend
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 10:07:00 PM »
You might enjoy this website, http://www.louisianahikes.com/,  I've been looking at the Little Kisatchie Loop.

 


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