Livingston and Woodville

Woodville, Texas

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The seat of Polk County, Livingston is important to day-trippers in several ways. Shoppers come to town for Livingston’s Trade Days, held monthly on the weekend preceding the third Monday of each month. Every fall the forest around Livingston resembles the rolling hills of western Massachusetts when the frosts bring up the color in the maple, sassafras, oak, sweet gum, sumac, and hickory trees. One of the town’s biggest attractions is 90,000-acre Lake Livingston, 15 miles west of downtown. The lake primarily is an impoundment of the Trinity River, and there are three short but beautiful river-float trips possible below the dam. Although history has been relatively quiet here, the town has some surprises in store for visitors who take the time to poke around. Not only are there twenty-one historical markers in the area, but the entire town also is a bird sanctuary. So rich is the birding here that the Woodville–Angelina National Forest–Steinhagen Lake areas provide seven stops on the Big Thicket Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map (upper coast). Woodville also is the northern gateway to the Big Thicket National Preserve.

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"The seat of Polk County, Livingston is important to day-trippers in several ways. Shoppers come to town for Livingston’s Trade Days, held monthly on the weekend preceding the third Monday of each month. Every fall the forest around Livingston resembles the rolling hills of western Massachusetts when the frosts bring up the color in the maple, sassafras, oak, sweet gum, sumac, and hickory trees. One of the town’s biggest attractions is 90,000-acre Lake Livingston, 15 miles west of downtown.

The lake primarily is an impoundment of the Trinity River, and there are three short but beautiful river-float trips possible below the dam. Although history has been relatively quiet here, the town has some surprises in store for visitors who take the time to poke around. Not only are there twenty-one historical markers in the area, but the entire town also is a bird sanctuary. So rich is the birding here that the Woodville–Angelina National Forest–Steinhagen Lake areas provide seven stops on the Big Thicket Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map (upper coast). Woodville also is the northern gateway to the Big Thicket National Preserve."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Woodville
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Livingston and Woodville

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