Insite Guides Conroe Visitors Guide - Page 6

6 Welcome Conroe is the perfect blend of starry nights and city lights. The fastest growing city in Texas, Conroe has so much to offer. The centerpiece of the city, Lake Conroe, is the perfect place for rest and relaxation- or fun and exciting adventure. Bordering the 22,000 acre lake is 156 miles of shoreline and 254.8 square miles of national forest. In the forest you’ll find the longest continuous hiking trail in the state of Texas, The Lone Star Hiking Trail. Adventure awaits along the 96 miles of trail, and overflows into the additional 32 miles of loop and crossover trails. Discover the red-cockaded woodpecker in the W.G. Jones State Forest; it is one of the few places left to spot this endangered bird. If birding isn’t your thing, bring a picnic and enjoy the Texas weather. Indulge your historian side with a visit to the Heritage Museum, then head to the Lone Star Flag Park to view the 13 battle and rally flags that have flown over Texas. The park also features a bust dedicated to Dr. Charles B. Stewart, designer of the flag, and a 14 foot statue known as The Texian. Feeling hungry? Conroe offers amazing local culinary hot spots and three craft breweries, a winery, and a distillery. Make sure to try them all. Cap off the night with a stroll around downtown. Discover the local artisans in the art galleries and art benches that line downtown Conroe, and enjoy the sounds of live music at several venues and be sure to mark your calendar for our signature Conroe events — they are worth the trip!