Sabine National Forest Guide

Sabine National Forest is the easternmost national forest in Texas. It covers more than 160,656-acres near Hemphill. This forest forms Toledo Bend's boundary, which is the fifth-largest artificial body of water in the United States, and a fantastic place to go fishing. Many excellent mixed-use trails are great places to go horseback riding, hiking, and biking. Despite the many developments around Toledo Bend Reservoir, you can find secluded areas to explore in this forest. 

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Activities in Sabine National Forest

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How to get to Sabine National Forest

Address: Sabine National Forest headquarters, 5050 Texas 21, Hemphill, Texas 75948

Fee: Entry fee $0

Sabine National Forest is the smallest of Texas' four national forests, but you can find many amazing adventures there. The area's warmer temperatures make it a great place to watch bald eagles in the winter. As the weather warms up, bring your fishing pole to fish in Toledo Bend Reservoir, which borders this national forest. You will also want to go hiking to see if you can spot the endangered woodpecker that uses this national forest to build its nests. Fall is a fantastic time to visit as the oak and beech trees put on their beautiful fall colors. Regardless of the season, the best way to explore Sabine National Forest and the surrounding attractions is in an RV. If you do not have one, rent one on RVshare.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Sabine National Forest

Is Sabine National Forest open all year round?

Yes, Sabine National Forest is open year-round. Winters in the forest are mild, and are a great time to watch for bald eagles in the forest. In summer, visitors can swim, hike, bike, fish, and enjoy other outdoor activities.

Do you need a permit to fish or hunt in Sabine National Forest?

Yes, you need a permit to hunt in Sabine National Forest. If you're 16 or older, you also need a fishing license to fish in the forest.

What type of wildlife lives in Sabine National Forest?

Wildlife living in the Sabine National Forest includes deer, squirrels, woodcocks, wild turkeys, and quail. Bears have been seen in East Texas in recent years as well and there are thoughts that they are migrating back towards areas like the Sabine National Forest.

What is the best time to visit Sabine National Forest?

The best time to visit the Sabine National Forest is in early spring and fall. In spring, wildflowers are in bloom, making for beautiful hikes. In fall, the trees show off their autumn foliage. Both seasons also avoid the summer crowds so they are more pleasant times to camp and visit the forest.

Is there a fee to get into Sabine National Forest?

No, there is no fee to get into Sabine National Forest. There may be fees for using certain day-use areas in the forest, however. There may also be fees for recreational activities like camping, and permits are required for other activities like hunting and fishing.