Angelina National Forest covers over 153,000 acres in Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, and Jasper counties in Texas. There are seven developed areas in this national forest with many offering boat ramps so that visitors can play and fish on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir, which is the largest manmade body of water entirely in the state. Parts of this national forest also lie along the North Neches River. Each of the East Texas areas contain beautiful hiking trails running over gently rolling hills covered with longleaf pine trees.
You can easily explore each of the seven areas of Angelina National Forest in an RV. Traveling in an RV also helps ensure you will always have a place to stay because Sam Rayburn Reservoir can draw many visitors to its shores on a hot summer day. If you do not have an RV, then rent one on RVshare. You will love knowing you are covered by roadside assistance.
Boykin Springs Campground within Angelina National Forest can accommodate units up to 24 feet long. A bathhouse is available with flush toilets and showers at this campground, where rates start at $10 per night. Nearby is a picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 74 people. Water hookup: No Electrical hookup: No Sewer hookup: No Wi-Fi: No Pet-friendly: Yes Other amenities: Bathhouse, drinking water, picnic shelter
Caney Creek Campground at Angelina National Forest offers a boat ramp for easy access to Sam Rayburn. Vault toilets are available nearby. Rates start at $6 per night at this campground. Water hookup: No Electrical hookup: No Sewer hookup: No Wi-Fi: No Pet-friendly: Yes Other amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets
Rayburn Park is on the north side of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. This park has a boat ramp and a playground. Rates start at about $14 per night. Water hookup: Yes Electrical hookup: Yes Sewer hookup: No Wi-Fi: No Pet-friendly: Yes Other amenities: Picnic tables, fire grills, boat ramp, playground
This dog-friendly trail runs by an old Aldridge Sawmill that is over 100 years old, as well as a waterfall. Be prepared to go creek wading, or you may be doing some short jumps.
Length: 4.5 miles
Wind your way along this trail that runs under and beside shagbark hickory, Florida maples, and sparkleberry. Stop to admire Ab’s Chair, an 8-foot-tall sculpture by local artist Jeffie Brewer.
Length: 1.9 miles
This easy trail is gorgeous in the spring when the dogwood and buckeye trees are blooming. It is a great place to go birdwatching, especially from March to May when many migrating birds move through the area. This trail ends at Liberty Hall, which is a great place to host a picnic.
Length: 5.89 miles
Hike along Jack Creek’s riverbanks through a mature mixed-use forest on this ADA-compliant trail. This barrier-free trail is a great place to go birdwatching.
Length: 0.5 miles
This path will lead visitors through five different forest areas to learn about unique forest management techniques and their successes. This trail is designed to be an outdoor educational facility, but it is open to anyone who wants to hike it.
Length: 5 miles
At the center of Angelina National Forest is Sam Rayburn Reservoir. This lake is a popular stop on the Bass Pro fishing circuit, and it also offers outstanding catfish and crappie fishing. The best fishing is usually on the southern end of this 114,500-acre lake. In areas with murky water in the northern part of the lake, fishing is not as good.
There is one official geocache hidden in the Graham Cemetery within Angelina National Forest. This cache is part of the Gone But Not Forgotten series. This cemetery is difficult to find, but the geocache is in the corner of it. History records that the first people buried here were Native Americans. When the Graham family moved to the area in the 1800s, they started burying their slaves alongside family members at this location. Most of the grave markers were wooden crosses that have deteriorated, but at least one stone marker still exists.
During the winter months, many people visit this national forest to go bald eagle watching as the birds often use this forest as their winter home. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, which is very small, can be spotted from many hiking trails throughout the year. Wood ducks also live at this location all year long.
There are many open spots near the reservoir that are perfect for stargazing at this national forest. Some of the campgrounds are more secluded than others, so if you love to go stargazing, consider choosing an isolated location.
Address: 111 Walnut Ridge Road Zavalla, Texas 75980
Fee: Entry fee $0
The gently rolling hills of Angelina National Forest are a great place to go hiking. Head to this location during the winter to see bald eagles making their winter homes. This forest is home to many other birds, especially the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The bird population in this forest increases dramatically during spring and fall migration. Parts of this forest sit on the north and south ends of Sam Rayburn Reservoir, where national bass fishing tournaments are often held. This forest is also a great place to go stargazing, either around the lake or in its more isolated areas. Since the forest is divided into seven sections, you will want to bring your RV, which makes it easy to move from one location to the next when you choose to do so. There are terrific campgrounds at this location and others located nearby. If you do not have an RV, then rent one on RVshare.com. You will love the different sizes and types available. You will also appreciate being covered by roadside assistance and the easy rental agreement.