Campgrounds in Nacogdoches, Texas

Campgrounds in Nacogdoches, Texas
Nacogdoches, Texas is about 140 miles north of Houston, near the Louisiana border. The three large national forests and two man-made lakes near Nacogdoches provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hiking and mountain biking are popular, and the forest lands serve as a home to some rare bird species.

Davy Crockett National Forest

Davy Crockett National Forest is over 160,000 acres of protected east Texas woodlands, located southwest of Nacogdoches. Camping is available in the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, which has shower facilities. Amenities at Ratcliff Lake include a swimming beach, concession stand, and an interpretive forest trail. The Four C National Recreation Trail, starts at Ratcliff Lake, and continues to the Neches Bluff Overlook, 20 miles away. Halfway along the trail is the Walnut Creek campsite, which features five tent sites, a shelter and pit toilets. Bird watchers may want to keep an eye out for the red-cockaded woodpecker an endangered species that calls the forest home.

Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 State Highway 7
East 
Kennard, Texas 75847
(936) 655-2299
fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recreation/davy_crockett/davycrockett_gen_info.shtml

Angelina National Forest

Angelina National Forest is a 153,179-acre swath of land located southeast of Nacogdoches. Inside the park lies the Sam Rayburn Reservoir, a 114,500-acre lake formed by the damming of the Angelina River. The Caney Creek and Sandy Creek Recreation Areas offer camping and cold water showers. Boating and fishing are easily accessible from both these sites on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The Bouton Lake Recreation Area is connected to Boykin Springs Recreation Area via the 5.5-mile Sawmill Hiking Trail. Both areas offer camping, fishing and canoeing. Swimming is available at Boykin Springs. Winter visitors should keep an eye towards the sky, the Angelina National Forest is a winter habitat for the bald eagle.

Angelina National Forest
111 Walnut Ridge Road

Zavalla, Texas 75980
(936) 897-1068
fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recreation/angelina/angelina_gen_info.shtml

Sabine National Forest

Sabine National Forest is 160,656 acres of pinewood forests located east of Nacogdoches, along the Louisiana border. The Toledo Bend Reservoir defines the eastern boundary of the forest and is the fifth largest man-made reservoir in the United States. Camping sites are designed to provide visitors with ample space and each site includes a parking space, tent pad, picnic table and grill or fire place. Camp sites equipped with electrical service are only available at Red Hills Lake and Boles Field. Hiking is popular within the forest on the 28-mile Trail Between the Lakes.

Sabine National Forest
5050 Hwy 21
East 
Hemphill, TX 75948
(409) 625-1940
fs.fed.us/r8/texas/contact/index.shtml

Article Written By Jeffrey Caldwell

Jeffrey Caldwell has been a freelance writer for over five months and has published over 250 articles on websites like eHow and Trails.com. Caldwell writes articles on a wide range of topics including travel, camping and automotive mechanics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University.

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