Double Lake LbNA # 20462
|Placed Date||Feb 16 2006|
Nestled in the towering pines of the Sam Houston National Forest and located just outside the city limits of Coldspring, Double Lake offers a little of everything including camping, fishing, and picnicking. Picture a single figure in a canoe, slipping across the tranquil water, perhaps fishing, perhaps just getting back to nature. The lake was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corp and covers an area of 28 acres. Take the time to walk the 1 ½ mile trail around this beautiful lake. There is also an 8 mile mountain bike trail in the park. If you can come during the week, you may have the park to yourself, but it can get busy on weekends.
This letterbox is located at Double Lake Recreation Area in the Sam Houston National Forest near the town of Coldspring. From Houston, take Highway 59 to Cleveland. Take the Coldspring exit to County Road 2025 and go north about 16 miles and look for the park entrance on your right. Go to the entry booth and pay the $5.00 day use fee.
Proceed from the entry booth, bearing right at the intersection, until you reach the parking area. Head toward the swimming area, designated by the yellow buoys. Take the paved path, taking note of the canoes on your left. Picture yourself in a canoe with a fishing pole in your hand. Cross the dam, pausing to admire the lake view. After passing over the bridge which crosses the spillway, you will have walked about ¼ mile. Take the lakeshore trail to your left and walk another ½ mile, keeping the lake on your left. At that point, you will see a small wooden pier just off the main path with a bench on it. Sit on the bench and enjoy nature. When you head back out toward the path you will notice a loblolly pine on your left which started life growing horizontally toward the lake before swooping upwards. Step over the trunk of this tree and in front of you will be another strange looking pine that wanted to grow at an angle, thought better of it, then grew straight up. The Double Lake letterbox is on the far side of that tree under pine needles and twigs. Bear in mind that this box was placed in February, so beware of poison ivy in the spring and summer. Sit on the bench and do your stamping. I would recommend continuing around the lake, counter-clockwise. It's a little shorter and takes you over a boardwalk which spans the wetlands at the west end of the lake. The entire trip is 1.4 miles (according to my pedometer).
Please be discreet and replace the box as found. I would appreciate notification when you find the box.
Be sure to look for Lone Star Quilter's The Flying Geese Letterbox while you're in this park.