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Kelly's Pond Campground

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National Forest

This campground area located at the end of Forest Service Road 271. It has eight campsites with picnic tables, fire rings and lantern posts. Tent camping is available here. Individuals must utilize the adjacent parking area and walk into the camping units. The area is very primitive with no potable water or electricity. Kelly's Pond is a trailhead for the Sam Houston Multi-Use motorized trail.

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4 Reviews

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2021

Not the best site for non-motor vehicle users

We didn’t actually camp on the campgrounds themselves as they were quite full of dirt bikers and being two young women we didn’t feel comfortable. We camped along Kelly’s Pond Rd leading up to the campgrounds and had a nice night. Our site neighbors partied all night long (good music though so it’s okay) and we had a hiker appear who I assume was doing the Lone Star Trail who camped just behind our campsite on a small trail off the road. Overall nice site but I will probably find a different area to camp in next time I visit Sam Houston.

  • Review photo of Kelly's Pond Campground by Alexandra , January 5, 2021
Brittany S.
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2018


Great place to camp along the LSHT! They have bathrooms but not much else. If you are hiking during hunting season, Kelly's Pond Road Hunter Camp is a designated primitive site!!! It is located at mile 14.3 on the Lone Star Hiking Trail, plus an extra 1.2 miles to the East for Kelly's Pond with bathrooms, if you are hiking from Western Terminus to Eastern Terminus.

Month of VisitOctober
Brock G.
Reviewed May. 11, 2018

Free Camping and OHV parking for National Forest

Looking for a single, free spot to camp for a few days? This little pond is tucked back in the San Houston National Forest a few minutes off the interstate. I use this area to prepare for longer trips since it is so close to home

Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Kelly's Pond Campground by Brock G., May 11, 2018
  • Review photo of Kelly's Pond Campground by Brock G., May 11, 2018


Kelly's Pond Campground is located in Texas

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From New Waverly follow FM 1375 West approximately 11 miles, turn south on FS Road 204 for 1 mile, and turn west on FS Road 271 for 1.5 miles.


30.51130021 N
95.66160036 W

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