Toledo Bend Reservoir Ragtown Recreation Area

Center, Texas

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Leaving the fast-growing city of Lufkin, the creature comforts of fast food and modern mall life disappear in a hurry. They are replaced by the tall pines, flowering redbuds, and dogwoods as you move into a part of Deep East Texas visited only by locals and the lucky tent camper searching for that perfect outdoor experience. Your quest takes you across the Angelina River, through the Angelina National Forest, and into the Sabine River Basin. At the town of Milam, a left turn on TX 87 takes you toward Ragtown Recreation Area. Heading north on 87, this scenic road roughly parallels the massive reservoir hidden to the east. As you approach Ragtown Recreation Area, you find very quickly this is not the typical lake campground, but a rugged piece of territory marked by massive pine trees and steep ravines. It is a reminder of the difference between a tree farm and a forest with a mix of pines, hardwoods, and understory plants. There is even an area for the critically endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Toledo Bend Reservoir: Ragtown Recreation Area Professional Review and Guide

"Leaving the fast-growing city of Lufkin, the creature comforts of fast food and modern mall life disappear in a hurry. They are replaced by the tall pines, flowering redbuds, and dogwoods as you move into a part of Deep East Texas visited only by locals and the lucky tent camper searching for that perfect outdoor experience. Your quest takes you across the Angelina River, through the Angelina National Forest, and into the Sabine River Basin.

At the town of Milam, a left turn on TX 87 takes you toward Ragtown Recreation Area. Heading north on 87, this scenic road roughly parallels the massive reservoir hidden to the east. As you approach Ragtown Recreation Area, you find very quickly this is not the typical lake campground, but a rugged piece of territory marked by massive pine trees and steep ravines. It
is a reminder of the difference between a tree farm and a forest with a mix of pines, hardwoods, and understory plants. There is even an area for the critically endangered red-cockaded woodpecker."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Center
Campsites: 25 sites
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Sabine River Authority of Texas
Driving Directions: Directions to Toledo Bend Reservoir: Ragtown Recreation Area

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May 2018