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by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)
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This trail is a beautiful and peaceful visit to the always majestic Thicket, that so happens to house a standing piece of forgotten history. The Aldridge Sawmill was a boom industry and town that was abandoned in 1923.
The trail is well marked and offers only mild changes in elevation.
My children and I enjoyed a nice 2 and a half hour 5 mile trip in to see the abandoned Aldridge Sawmill at 7pm. Even in the dark, this trail is not challenging which made it perfect for the nite hike with kiddos. As a matter of fact, we barely used the flashlights at all. At one point there is a "T" in the trail where you need to go left to the sawmill and right to the lake. Recently, there was a section of the lake trail closed because it crosses private property. Now, legally, you cannot hike to the lake from Boykin Springs Recreation Area.
An easy(little elevation change)10 mile round trip hike from the Boykins Springs area to Bouton Lake in the Angelina National Forest. Trail is well marked with white and blue markers. About 1/2 half way down the trail is a side trail to the old aldridge sawmill, very interesting. Trail is fine to hike at any time of the year, but if you hike it during the wet season you will see a small(2 ft.) waterfall in a creek. If you hike the trail from April-September, make sure you walk around the sandy area near the lake at Boykin Springs to see the sundew plants.
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