You heard right: We have forests, too!
Texas isn't just open spaces and vast prairies. Travel east and you’ll uncover an oasis of forests. Lush with thick woodlands, prairies, marshes and rivers, it’s perfect place to spot local wildlife. The four national forests of Texas—the Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine and Sam Houston—make up thousands of acres and invite outdoor adventurers to explore, hike, fish, hunt, and enjoy magnificent views.
Sabine National Forest
Camping in Sabine National Forest offers colorful blooms in the spring and vibrant, changing leaves in the fall, making both seasons ideal for biking and hitting the 28-mile "Trail Between the Lakes" to take in the seasonal colors. Whether it's just a stop on your East Texas Road Trip or your destination, outdoor adventure abounds in the Sabine National Forest.
Angelina National Forest
The Angelina National Forest is nestled in the Neches River Basin, offering a variety of recreational areas for every outdoor enthusiast. The Sam Rayburn Reservoir has everything from waterskiing to fishing to pleasure boating. The Caney Creek and Sandy Creek recreation areas are favorites for camping, boating, fishing, and picnicking. Check out Bouton Lake Recreation Area, which offers primitive camping, fishing, and hiking among bottomland hardwoods and cypress trees. And if you're looking for a more comfortable stay, relax in a quaint cabin or cozy B&B after your adventures.
Davy Crockett National Forest
Named after the American folk hero and pioneer, there’s more than enough adventure in the Davy Crockett National Forest. With a beach, hiking paths winding through towering pine trees, and more than 50 miles of developed horse trails, there's no shortage of recreation. Get your cameras ready for the Neches Bluff Overlook Trail, where a hike will take you to a stunning panoramic view of the pine-hardwood forests below.
Sam Houston National Forest
The Sam Houston National Forest is located less than an hour north of Houston and encompasses multiple recreation areas: Little Lake Creek Wilderness, Big Creek Scenic Area, Winters Bayou Scenic Area, Double Lake Recreation Area, and more. The shining star of the Sam Houston National Forest is the Lone Star Hiking Trail. As the longest continuous hiking trail in the state at 128 miles long, it is most popular during the mild winter months and spring. Hikers can camp in designated spots along the trail with the exception of deer hunting season. If you like to explore by bike, check out the scenic mountain bike trail in Double Lake Recreation Area. Plan the ultimate road trip from Houston’s vibrant cityscape to the peaceful outdoor adventures that can only be found in the Sam Houston National Forest.