W. Goodrich Jones State Forest
W. Goodrich Jones State Forest Information:
The 1,722 acre Jones State Forest was purchased in 1926 and was named after W. Goodrich Jones, the Father of Texas Forestry and founder of the Texas Forestry Association. The forest is surrounded by the City of Conroe, the Woodlands, and unincorporated Montgomery County. It is one of the nation’s largest working urban forests. Activities include bird watching, geocaching, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and biking. All horses must have proof of a recent negative Coggins test. The Red Cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Management Area was set up to help this endangered woodpecker thrive. Amenities include the Native Plant and Grass Nursery demonstration growing area, the Wildscape and Pollinator demonstration gardens, other demonstration sites throughout the forest, two lakes offering limited fishing, and a designated equestrian area (ask for gate combination). A total of almost 15 miles of trails and pathways for horseback riding and hiking, including the Sweetleaf Nature and Fitness Trail (ask for gate combination), are located within the forest. The State Champion Sweetleaf Tree is located on the Sweetleaf Natural Trail. Forest rangers host demonstrations and nature education programs. Group educational tours, including school tours, are available by appointment. The forest is open year round during daylight hours. Three parking lots are accessible on FM 1488 near the main office, the front lake area, and the horse trailer entrance area. Restrooms, maps, permits and restrooms are available at the Conroe District Forest Service Office on FM 1488 in Conroe. A brochure and map are available at the office. (936) 273-2261. The district office is located on F.M. 1488, 1.5 miles west of Interstate 45. The forest is located approximately 5 miles south of Conroe, Texas.  Lake 1 Fish Stocking History  Lake 2 Fish Stocking History 
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Mosquito Informationfor Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. . Mosquitoes love standing water, and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.