Davy Crockett National Forest

Apple Springs, Texas

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The 161,497-acre Davy Crockett National Forest is managed under the multiple-use concept with logging, hunting, and other recreational activities. The forest contains a 20-mile hiking trail, the 45-acre Ratcliff Lake (once a log pond and a source of water for the 4C Lumber Mill) and the 3,639-acre Big Slough Wilderness Area. Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Red-cockaded and Pileated Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman’s Sparrow are present year-round. Wood Stork; Broad-winged Hawk; American Woodcock; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Wood Thrush; Yellow-throated, Prairie, Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; Louisiana Waterthrush; American Redstart; and Indigo and Painted Buntings occur in summer. Eastern and Spotted Towhees; Vesper, Grasshopper, LeConte’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; and Rusty Blackbird can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Davy Crockett National Forest Professional Review and Guide

"The 161,497-acre Davy Crockett National Forest is managed under the multiple-use concept with logging, hunting, and other recreational activities. The forest contains a 20-mile hiking trail, the 45-acre Ratcliff Lake (once a log pond and a source of water for the 4C Lumber Mill) and the 3,639-acre Big Slough Wilderness Area.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Red-cockaded and Pileated Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman’s Sparrow are present year-round. Wood Stork; Broad-winged Hawk; American Woodcock; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Wood Thrush; Yellow-throated, Prairie, Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; Louisiana Waterthrush; American Redstart; and Indigo and Painted Buntings occur in summer. Eastern and Spotted Towhees; Vesper, Grasshopper, LeConte’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; and Rusty Blackbird can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Apple Springs
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-May for spring migrants & nesting activities; April and September for huge kettles of migrating Broadwinged Hawks
Local Contacts: Davy Crockett National Forest
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Davy Crockett National Forest

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