Sabine National Forest and Toledo Bend Reservoir

Hemphill, Texas

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Sabine National Forest encompasses 157,951 acres along the western side of the Toledo Bend Reservoir. Trail Between the Lakes provides a 28-mile route between Lakeview Recreation Area north to US 96, within sight of the easternmost point of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Toledo Bend Reservoir, covering an area of 185,000 acres with 1,200 miles of shoreline, was developed for water supply, hydroelectric power generation, and recreation. Key birds: Wood Duck, Red-cockaded and Pileated Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman’s Sparrow are present yearround. Red-headed Woodpecker; Chuck-will’s-widow; Wood Thrush; Yellow-throated, Prairie, Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; American Redstart; Louisiana Waterthrush; Indigo and Painted Buntings; and Eastern Towhee occur in summer. Bald Eagle; American Woodcock; and Grasshopper, Henslow’s, and LeConte’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter.

Sabine National Forest and Toledo Bend Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"Sabine National Forest encompasses 157,951 acres along the western side of the Toledo Bend Reservoir. Trail Between the Lakes provides a 28-mile route between Lakeview Recreation Area north to US 96, within sight of the easternmost point of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Toledo Bend Reservoir, covering an area of 185,000 acres with 1,200 miles of shoreline, was developed for water supply, hydroelectric power generation, and recreation.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Red-cockaded and Pileated Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman’s Sparrow are present yearround. Red-headed Woodpecker; Chuck-will’s-widow; Wood Thrush; Yellow-throated, Prairie, Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; American Redstart; Louisiana Waterthrush; Indigo and Painted Buntings; and Eastern Towhee occur in summer. Bald Eagle; American Woodcock; and Grasshopper, Henslow’s, and LeConte’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Hemphill
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Sabine National Forest;
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Sabine National Forest and Toledo Bend Reservoir

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