East Texas Activities

East Texas Activities
East Texas is filled with all types of nature and outdoor activities with recreational areas such as the Sabine National Forest, the Big Thicket National Preserve, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and more. If you are visiting East Texas, check out all the opportunities to explore nature waiting for you here.

Sabine National Forest

Covering more than 160,000 acres of East Texas, the Sabine National Forest is filled with many recreational activities for those who enjoy the outdoors. With adventures like hiking, camping, fishing, swimming and several sightseeing opportunities, you will find much to do during your trip to the forest. The Sabine National Forest includes the Toledo Bend Reservoir with boating and other water recreation activities as well as picnic areas and campgrounds with electrical hookups. Throughout the forest you will find more than 28 miles of hiking trails along with bike trails and a special 12,000-acre area known as Indian Mounds Wilderness Area that has been set aside as a natural environment. The Sabine National Forest is filled with all types of wildlife and birds, including wood ducks, song birds, hawks and several others.

Sabine National Forest
415 S. First Street, Ste. 110
Lufkin, Texas 75901
(936) 639-8501
www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recreation/sabine/sabine_gen_info.shtml

Big Thicket National Preserve

The Big Thicket National Preserve in East Texas is a combination of land and waterways intertwining with more than 97,000 acres of land filled with miles of hiking trails where you can explore the wildlife, watch the many birds throughout the preserve and learn about the native plants and trees. The preserve also has many locations where you can canoe or kayak down the rivers, set up camp in one of the many campgrounds, fish in the streams and rivers or photograph the amazing scenery. The visitors center can provide you with information on the various wildlife animals in the park as well as exhibits about the Big Thicket National Preserve.

Big Thicket National Preserve
6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625
(409) 951-6725
www.nps.gov/bith/index.htm

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

The Sam Rayburn Reservoir on the Angelina River is a great fishing location as well as a place for camping, swimming and more. The reservoir covers more than 114,000 acres of property and has many coves and waterways that make for a nice private fishing spot. There are several boat launching sites around the reservoir, including the Kingtown and Black Forest areas as well as fishing locations along the shoreline where you can catch everything from catfish and large mouth bass to crappie and white striped bass. The reservoir also has many trails winding around along the beaches and through the native landscape where you can explore the flora and fauna of the lake.

Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Jasper, Texas 75951
(409) 384-9572
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/sam_rayburn/

Article Written By Carl Pruit

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.

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