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4C Hiking Trail - Neches Bluff Overlook

The 4C Hiking Trail begins at the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area and traverses 20 miles before reaching the Neches Bluff Overlook within the Davy Crockett National Forest. This trail provides wonderful opportunities to experience very diverse habitats that include towering pines, bottomland hardwoods, boggy sloughs, and upland forests. A segment of this trail even travels through the Big Slough Wilderness which allows visitors to experience solitude as they enjoy the natural surroundings. There are also great scenic features along the 4C Trail that include the Neches Bluff Overlook that offers a panoramic view of the Neches River bottom, and the Fall foliage in November which has been featured by Backpacker Magazine as one of the best leaf peeping hikes.

Details

Backpacking
20 miles
Advanced
Needs to be obtained at Trailhead but could be found along the trail just be sure to purify your water
Can be found at the Trailhead, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
No Day Use or Camping Fee but need to register with the US Forest Service
Spring/Fall
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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4C Hiking Trail - Ratcliff Lake

The 4C Hiking Trail begins at the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area and traverses 20 miles before reaching the Neches Bluff Overlook within the Davy Crockett National Forest. This trail provides wonderful opportunities to experience very diverse habitats that include towering pines, bottomland hardwoods, boggy sloughs, and upland forests. A segment of this trail even travels through the Big Slough Wilderness which allows visitors to experience solitude as they enjoy the natural surroundings. There are also great scenic features along the 4C Trail that include the Neches Bluff Overlook that offers a panoramic view of the Neches River bottom, and the Fall foliage in November which has been featured by Backpacker Magazine as one of the best leaf peeping hikes.

Details

Backpacking
20 miles
Advanced
Needs to be obtained at Trailhead but could be found along the trail just be sure to purify your water
Can be found at the Trailhead, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
Must Pay Day Use or Camping Fee for the Park and Register with the US Forest Service
Spring/Fall
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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Angelina Community College Forest Fitness Trail

The Angelina College Forest Fitness Trail is an overall one-mile loop (1.06 miles) which can be used as a fitness/walking trail or can be enjoyed at a slower pace as an arboretum where more than 50 different native trees and plants are identified. This beautiful area has been left as natural and undisturbed as possible and contains a number of large, bottomland hardwoods. The trail also leads down to a slough which offers plenty of opportunities to view numerous bird and wildlife species.

Details

Arboretum/Day Hiking/Exercising
1.06 miles
Beginner
Yes but has to be obtained at the Angelina College Gynasium
Yes and can be found in the Angelina College Gynasium
None
Year Round
Angelina Community College
3500 South First Street
Lufkin, TX 75904
(936) 639-1301

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Azalea Trail through the heart of Lufkin

The Lufkin Azalea Trail is a 1.9 mile nature trail that runs from Grace Dunne Richardson Park to Kiwanis Park. The trail is limited to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and has an improved surface. The trail offers benches for enjoying nature along the way. There are scores of native plants to enjoy and there are small gardens of Azaleas and ornamental grasses that have been planted and are maintained by the City of Lufkin Parks and Recreation Department. The trail has security lighting along its entire length and there are call boxes located at strategic points along the trail for any emergencies.

Details

Biking/Day Hiking/Exercising
1.9 miles
Beginner
Yes but has to be obtained at the Parks
Yes but has to be used at the Parks
None
Year Round
City of Lufkin
Parks and Recreation Department
125 North First Street
Lufkin, TX 75902
(936) 633-0250

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Caddo Mounds Interpretive Trail

The Caddo Mound Interpretive Trail will take visitors around two temple mounds, a burial mound, and a large portion of the adjacent village area of the Hasinai tribe of the Caddo Indians. A visitors center with exhibits and displays is also on site for visitors to learn about the everyday life of the early Caddo people. This trail will provide a relaxing and educational afternoon with the family

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Day Hiking/Interpretive
0.7 miles
Beginner
Obtain from Visitor Center
Obtain from Visitor Center
Have to Pay Day Use Fee for Park
Year Round
Texas Historical Commission
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
1649 State Highway 21 West
Alto, TX 75924

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Ebenezer Horse Trails

The Ebenezer Horse Trails will give riders the opportunity to view a variety of habitat features. This 20+ mile trail starts at Ebenezer Park, but transitions into the Angelina National Forest. Once in the National Forest the trail is not marked and there is no map, but this allows riders to experience what it use to be like back in the pioneer days. With an abundance of wildlife and bird species, riders will definitely get to have a true wilderness experience.

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Horseback Riding
1.13 miles
Advanced
Obtain from Ebenezer Campground
Obtain from Ebenezer Campground, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
Must Pay Day Use or Camping Fee for the Trail and Register with the US Army Corp of Engineers
Spring/Fall
US Army Corp of Engineers
Sam Rayburn Project Office
7696 RR 255 West
Jasper, TX 75951

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Lost Arrow Hiking and Biking Trail

The Lost Arrow Biking and Hiking Trail is a 5.17 mile back-country type trail that is ideal for hiking, trail running, biking, and nature observation. The trail is located fully within the City of Lufkin‘s Kit McConnico Park and features hills and six bridge crossings over streams weaving throughout.

Details

Day Hiking/Exercising/Mountain Biking
5.17 miles
Intermediate
Yes but has to be obtained at the Park
Yes but has to be used at the Park
None
Year Round
City of Lufkin
Parks and Recreation Department
125 North First Street
Lufkin, TX 75902
(936) 633-0250

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Mission Tejas State Park

The Mission Tejas State Park day hikes will take visitors through the beautiful pine and hardwood trees of East Texas. It will also provide visitors with a glimpse of what it used to look like when the area was inhabited by the Native Americans, the Spanish & Anglo Explorers, and the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). The trail also passes by a 1 acre pond that will allow hikers to see birds and wildlife that depend on the water, especially during the summer months.

Details

Day Hiking
3.5 miles
Beginner
Obtain from Mission Tejas Campground
Obtain from Mission Tejas Campground
Have to Pay Day Use Fee for Park
Year Round
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
120 State Park Rd. 44
Grapeland, TX 75844

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Neches-Davy Crockett Paddling Trail - CR 1155 (Anderson Crossing)

This stretch of the Neches is well known for the Neches River Rendezvous, an annual float trip hosted by the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. This river segment is great for a family outing even though there are occasional logjams and snags to avoid, especially when water is low. A variety of water types including quiet pools and several small riffles are present. The Neches River is truly one of Texas’ wildest and least-discovered natural assets. Its sometimes steep, heavily wooded banks and bluffs grow a combination of pines and hardwoods – oak, hickory, dogwood, hackberry, pecan and blackgum. Birds spotted here include Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, Summer Tanager, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Wood Duck and Belted Kingfisher. Common wildlife include squirrel, raccoon, deer, coyote, opossum and feral hog.

Details

Canoeing/Kayaking
9.2 miles
Intermediate
Needs to be brought with you
Need to take care of business before you leave, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
None but be sure to let someone know when you go and when you expect to return
Spring/Fall
Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau
1615 S. Chestnut
Lufkin, TX 75901
(936) 633-0364

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Neches-Davy Crockett Paddling Trail - State Highway 7

This stretch of the Neches is well known for the Neches River Rendezvous, an annual float trip hosted by the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. This river segment is great for a family outing even though there are occasional logjams and snags to avoid, especially when water is low. A variety of water types including quiet pools and several small riffles are present. The Neches River is truly one of Texas’ wildest and least-discovered natural assets. Its sometimes steep, heavily wooded banks and bluffs grow a combination of pines and hardwoods – oak, hickory, dogwood, hackberry, pecan and blackgum. Birds spotted here include Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, Summer Tanager, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Wood Duck and Belted Kingfisher. Common wildlife include squirrel, raccoon, deer, coyote, opossum and feral hog.

Details

Canoeing/Kayaking
9.2 miles
Intermediate
Needs to be brought with you
Need to take care of business before you leave, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
None but be sure to let someone know when you go and when you expect to return
Spring/Fall
Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau
1615 S. Chestnut
Lufkin, TX 75901
(936) 633-0364

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Old Orchard Park Bicycle Route

The Old Orchard Park Bicycle Route utilizes a smooth asphalt surface that meanders through the beautiful Old Orchard Park in Diboll, Texas. This route is perfect for those young ones who are just learning how to ride a bike, as well as those who would just like to enjoy a relaxing ride. It can also be used as an excercising trail and families are also encouraged to visit The History Center along Temple Drive/Highway 59. The bicycle route connects Old Orchard Park and The History Center and will provide a great opportunity to learn about the wonderful history of East Texas.

Details

Biking/Exercising
2 miles
Beginner
Needs to be brought with you
Obtain from Old Orchard Park
None but be sure to let someone know when you go and when you expect to return
Year Round
City of Diboll
400 Kenley St.
Diboll, TX 75941

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Piney Creek Horse Trails - Piney Creek Horse Camp

The Piney Creek Horse Trails are located in the Davy Crockett National Forest and meander for approximately 53 miles through varying plant communities, changing topography, and different forest management techniques. A trail of this length will provide riders with great opportunities to view numerous wildlife and bird species, as well as spend quality time with family and friends. There are two camping areas along this trail that will allow riders to make this a multi-day activity. It is advised that riders visit the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas website at www.fs.usda.gov/texas before accessing this trail in order to obtain any pertinent information about the appropriate terms and conditions of the trail.

Details

Horseback Riding
53 miles
Intermediate
Needs to be obtained at Trailhead but could be found along the trail just be sure to purify your water
Can be found at the Trailhead, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
Must Pay Day Use or Camping Fee for the Trail and Register with the US Forest Service
Spring/Fall
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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Piney Creek Horse Trails - White Rock Horse Camp

The Piney Creek Horse Trails are located in the Davy Crockett National Forest and meander for approximately 53 miles through varying plant communities, changing topography, and different forest management techniques. A trail of this length will provide riders with great opportunities to view numerous wildlife and bird species, as well as spend quality time with family and friends. There are two camping areas along this trail that will allow riders to make this a multi-day activity. It is advised that riders visit the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas website at www.fs.usda.gov/texas before accessing this trail in order to obtain any pertinent information about the appropriate terms and conditions of the trail.

Details

Horseback Riding
53 miles
Intermediate
Needs to be brought with you but could be cached or found along the trail just be sure to purify your water
Can be found at the Trailhead, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
Must Pay Day Use or Camping Fee for the Trail and Register with the US Forest Service
Spring/Fall
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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Ratcliff Lake Day Hikes

The Ratcliff Day Hikes are located in the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area within the Davy Crockett National Forest. These trails total 2.25 miles and provide visitors with great opportunities to look deep into the forest, see wildlife and bird species, and just reflect on the natural beauty of an East Texas pine ecosystem. There are also interpretive materials that allow visitors to take a self guided tour to learn about the many different aspects of the surrounding the forest.

Details

Day Hiking
2.25 miles
Beginner
Obtain from Ratcliff Lake Campground
Obtain from Ratcliff Lake Campground
Have to Pay Day Use Fee for Park
Year Round
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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Sawmill Hiking Trail

The Sawmill Hiking Trail is a 2.2 mile one way hike in the Angelina National Forest that begins at Boykin Springs Campground and ends at the Old Aldridge Sawmill Site. The trail follows a spring-fed creek that has a continuous flow of water which provides a serene atmosphere. This trail even passes through the Neches River bottom along an old tramway that was used until the 1920‘s to haul logs to the sawmill. Hikers will enjoy a beautiful bottomland hardwood landscape that is rich with history, wildlife, and bird species.

Details

Day Hiking
2.2 miles
Beginner
Obtain from Boykin Springs Campground
Obtain from Boykin Springs Campground
None but be sure to let someone know when you go and when you expect to return
Year Round
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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Stephen F. Austin Interpretive Trail

The Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest Interpretive Trail is located just minutes away from Lufkin and Nacogdoches. There are two types of trails present; one is a hard surface trail that is 0.8 miles long and is wheelchair accessible, the other is a 2.1 mile long natural surface trail that provides a little more challenge. Both trails travel along Jack Creek which is a spring-fed perennial stream that is lined with 100 year old pine and hardwood species. Visitors will enjoy 5 different forest types as they hike along the trails, and will have the opportunity to enjoy roughly 150 bird species, 80 butterfly species, and 30 mammal species.

Details

Day Hiking
2.9 miles
Beginner
Obtain from Trailhead
Obtain from Trailhead
None but be sure to let someone know when you go and when you expect to return
Year Round
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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Trail Between the Lakes - Lakeview Recreation Area

The Trail Between The Lakes is a 28 mile trail that extends from the Lakeview Recreation Area on Toledo Bend Reservoir to Highway 96 near Sam Rayburn Reservoir. This trail is located within the Sabine National Forest and the Moore Plantation Wildlife Management Area. There are plenty of opportunities for visitors to view varying plant communities, changing topography, wildlife and bird species, as well as different forest management techniques. The trail does cross several Forest Service Roads and therefore allows visitors to create shorter day hikes.

Details

Backpacking
28 miles
Advanced
Needs to be brought with you but could be cached or found along the trail just be sure to purify your water
Can be found at the Trailhead, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
Must Pay Day Use or Camping Fee for the Park and Register with the US Forest Service
Spring/Fall
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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Trail Between the Lakes - US Highway 96

The Trail Between The Lakes is a 28 mile trail that extends from the Lakeview Recreation Area on Toledo Bend Reservoir to Highway 96 near Sam Rayburn Reservoir. This trail is located within the Sabine National Forest and the Moore Plantation Wildlife Management Area. There are plenty of opportunities for visitors to view varying plant communities, changing topography, wildlife and bird species, as well as different forest management techniques. The trail does cross several Forest Service Roads and therefore allows visitors to create shorter day hikes.

Details

Backpacking
28 miles
Advanced
Needs to be brought with you but could be cached or found along the trail just be sure to purify your water
Need to take care of business before you leave, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
No Day Use or Camping Fee but need to register with the US Forest Service
Spring/Fall
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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Upland Island Wilderness

The Upland Island Wilderness is a truly special place that provides visitors with a variety of opportunities to experience a great diversity of flora and fauna. Visitors can travel through dense bottomlands that host some of the largest Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda) in the whole state, or traverse the uplands and view the native habitat of the Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris). Wildlife can be seen in great abundance as well, around every corner there are chances to see another species of bird, mammal, or reptile and amphibian. The trails within this Wilderness Oasis use to be old Forest Service Roads before the area was designated as Wilderness. Some of these trails are easily recognized but others are not as defined. So if you plan to enjoy this beautiful natural area be sure to plan ahead and prepare and follow the Leave No Trace Principles.

Details

Backpacking/Day Hiking/Horseback Riding
0 miles
Advanced
Needs to be brought with you but could be cached or found along the trail just be sure to purify your water
Need to take care of business before you leave, but along the trail please follow the Leave No Trace principles
No Day Use or Camping Fee but need to register with the US Forest Service
Spring/Fall
U.S. Forest Service
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7 East
Kennard, TX 75847

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Urban Wildscape Trail

The Urban Wildscape Trail is located within the City of Lufkin, the trail takes you through 3.5 acres of mixed pine-hardwood forest common in East Texas. Native species are identified along the trail and an interpretive brochure which points out the historic significance of tree species along the way is available inside the Texas Forestry Museum.

Details

Arboretum/Day Hiking/Exercising
0.42 miles
Beginner
Yes but has to be obtained at the Museum
Yes but has to be used at the Museum
None
Year Round
Texas Forestry Museum
1905 Atkinson Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75901
(936) 632-9535

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Wetlands Trail

The Wetlands Trail is located at Morris Frank Park and provides a unique opportunity to hike and observe a wetland environment. This trail features a viewing peninsula, pavilion, elevated walkway and a rustic amphitheater, all of which is ADA accessible. These added features will allow visitors to experience native plants and wildlife that depend on this type of habitat.

Details

Arboretum/Day Hiking/Exercising
0.5 miles
Beginner
Yes but has to be obtained at the Park
Yes but has to be used at the Park
None
Year Round
City of Lufkin
Parks and Recreation Department
125 North First Street
Lufkin, TX 75902
(936) 633-0250

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