The Woodlands is located on 27,000 acres of forestland, about 27 miles north of Houston, Texas within Montgomery County. The master planned community, developed in October, 1974 has grown steadily to become one of the region's most desired places to live and work. The community combines residency, industry, churches, schools, public facilities, shopping, recreation and the forest in a pleasing hometown environment. There are 108 forested parks and 155 miles of hike and bike trails for your enjoyment. Scattered throughout The Woodlands there are many lakes and ponds. Lake Woodlands is the largest at 200 acres.