Beech Woods

Lufkin, Texas

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An easy day hike through mature beech-magnolia-loblolly forest. Special Attractions: Mature Big Thicket forest. Permit required for camping. Part of this hike wanders through a mature beech-magnolia-loblolly forest. The beech forest is one of several plant communities found in the lush Big Thicket of East Texas. Slight differences in slope, creek proximity, and soil create several different biological communities. The thicket forms a sort of crossroads between east and west. Prickly pears grow within a hundred yards of bald cypresses; roadrunners nest by eastern bluebirds. The trail follows an old dirt road about .3 mile to the marked Beech Woods loop on the right.

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"An easy day hike through mature beech-magnolia-loblolly forest. Special Attractions: Mature Big Thicket forest. Permit required for camping. Part of this hike wanders through a mature beech-magnolia-loblolly forest. The beech forest is one of several plant communities found in the lush Big Thicket of East Texas.

Slight differences in slope, creek proximity, and soil create
several different biological communities. The thicket forms a sort of crossroads between east and west. Prickly pears grow within a hundred yards of bald cypresses; roadrunners nest by eastern bluebirds. The trail follows an old dirt road about .3 mile to the marked Beech Woods loop on the right."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lufkin
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Fall through Spring.
Local Contacts: Big Thicket National Preserve 409-839-2689
Local Maps: Beech Woods Trail brochure (National Park Service), Spurger USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Beech Woods

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May 2018