Location:
T bar S Horse Camp in the Davy Crockett National Forest
6387 FM2781
Kennard, TX 75847

Website: https://tbarshorsecamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/DavyCrockettNationalForestequestriantrailriding

Directions: from Huntsville, travel on TX-19 approximately 20 miles to Trinity. In Trinity turn RIGHT on TX-94 (the 2nd traffic signal) towards Groveton. Travel 16 miles and TX-94 ends/merges with Hwy 287, turn LEFT towards Crockett. Go approximately 8 miles to Pennington and turn RIGHT on FM2781, there is a Spitfire Grill/Gas Station at the intersection. In Pennington make the RIGHT (just past the Church) and then a LEFT (just past Avery’s Welding & Feed) to stay on FM2781 towards Kennard. T bar S is then 6 miles ahead, just past Baker Springs, on the RIGHT.

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From Crockett or Nacogdoches, travel on TX-7 to Kennard, turn SOUTH at the flashing yellow light which is FM2781. Go approximately 6 miles and T bar S is on the LEFT.

If you accidentally pass T bar S, you can continue on to either Kennard or Pennington to get turned back around.

Contact:
Tom & Stephanie Hanslik
Tbarshorsecamp@yahoo.com
(936) 655-3328 office
(832) 928-9584 cel / txt

Reservations: online at https://tbarshorsecamp.com/reservations

Hours: Open daily from 8am to 8pm

Overnight camping:
Equestrian overnight camping is allowed, with parking space available for day riders if camp is not full.

Facilities:
16 sites with 30 amp electric and water hookups, and 2 horse pens per site. Horse pens are 12×12’, and most can be opened to 12×24 for those camping with one horse.

Rates:
Camp for $25/night with 2 pens included in that price, reservations required. Day Riders are welcome (if space available) at $10 per trailer. Includes secured parking and access to potable water & facilities. Contact camp in advance. There is no fee to ride the trails.

Policies: listed on website.

  • Proof of Negative Coggins Required.
  • Check-in time is 1pm, check-out time is 12 noon. For later departure check with owners if site is reserved by anyone else. If so, can move to day rider spot or another site if want to ride before heading home.
  • No Stallions.
  • Dogs welcome but MUST be kept on a leash. It is a working farm with cats, chickens, and ducks.
  • Do not tie horses to pens or trees, tie to side of trailer only please.
  • Horse pens must be cleaned of all manure and hay upon departure.
  • Shavings are permitted, but not provided.
  • Campfires allowed in above-ground rings or community fire ring only.
  • No discharging of any waste or gray water.
  • Quiet hours begin at 10pm.
  • Maximum 4 persons per site
  • Maximum 2 horses per site. If more than 2 horses please contact owners, additional pens (if available) are $10/horse per night.

Description:
This is a brand new horse camp, which opened in 2019. Future improvements are planned and include a pavilion with bathroom & shower facilities. Currently there is a very clean porta-toilet for campers. A dumpster for trash is provided. Manure is to be cleaned out of the pens and campsites and then deposited in the manure spreader, there are limited muck buckets so if camp is busy be sure to bring your own muck bucket and manure fork to make the job easier. There are two areas where multiple pens are grouped together, a water spigot and hose is supplied for those. But be sure and bring your own water hose for your campsite. Camp and horse pens are very shady, pens that would otherwise be in full sun are covered! Some of the sites are pull-through. Camp is located right off a paved farm-to-market road, very easy to find and no rough dirt or gravel roads to negotiate with your trailer.
Direct access to the 50+ miles of marked and mapped trails in the Davy Crockett National Forest.

The Trails:
The Piney Creek Horse Trail is a system of horse trails that meanders approximately 53 miles through the East Texas piney woods in the Davy Crockett National Forest.

The trail is primitive; its path cleared through the forest which follows Forest Service roads, tram roads, pipeline right-of-ways, game trails, and in some places it was established by clearing brush and trees through the forest. Primarily, it is on National Forest land, but there are crossings on private property and along public road right-of-ways. In general, the route is well cleared. Trails are very well marked, and all road crossings are well signed. Different colored triangular markers indicate the route. Trails are easy with gently rolling terrain. It is also very shady, making it a great place for summer riding. There are no motorized vehicles / atv / utv / dirt bikes allowed in the forest.

The trail is barefoot-friendly, though there may be short gravelly sections that could bother very sensitive hooves.

Additional Info:
There is hunting allowed in the forest, so it is best avoided Nov 1st through the end of gun season. The forest is commonly too wet to ride in these months anyway.

AT&T and Straight-Talk cel service is very good; Sprint, Verizon etc. is very poor.

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