Description - Located in the heart of east Texas, the 153,179-acre Angelina National Forest is located in Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Jasper counties. The forest lies in the Neches River Basin and on the north and south shores of Sam Rayburn Reservoir, a 114,500-acre lake on the Angelina River formed by the construction of Sam Rayburn Dam in the early 1960's. Longleaf pine is the predominant cover type in the southern portion, while loblolly and shortleaf pine are the dominant types in the rest of the forest.
- Attractions abound in the Angelina National Forest. Visitors can enjoy the facilities of developed areas and the primitive wilderness. In the middle of the Angelina National Forest lies Sam Rayburn Reservoir, noted for its fishing, pleasure boating and skiing. Fishermen are required to have a Texas fishing license and follow state regulations concerning water sports. There are two developed recreation areas, Caney Creek and Sandy Creek, located on or near the shores of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Both offer camping, fishing, picnicking, and boating. Additional boat ramps on the reservoir are available at Harvey Creek and Townsend Recreation Area (operated and maintained by San Augustine County - 936-275-2762-no showers) as well as at U.S. Army Corps of Engineer parks. Visitors can hike the Sawmill Hiking Trail, a five and a half mile trail, to Bouton Lake. Bouton Lake provides visitors with primitive camping, fishing, boating and hiking, amidst bottomland hardwoods and cypress trees.
Recreation - The National Forests in Texas provide a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Boating, fishing and camping are the most popular activities in the Angelina. Some of the other activities available include hiking, swimming and bird watching. Camping is offered on a first come,
first served basis in developed recreation areas and a daily use fee is charged at most areas. Campground facilities generally include tent pads, picnic tables, parking spurs for trailers, lantern-holding posts, fireplaces, potable water and toilets. Some areas also have cold water showers, swimming beaches, boat ramps, amphitheaters, interpretive trails and concession services.
Climate - Eastern Texas experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area can offer a relatively warm escape for snow-free outdoor recreation during the winter months. Be prepared for occasional cold weather during the winter.
The National Forests of Texas all lie in the eastern part of the state. The Angelina is located east of Lufkin and its headquarters are there. Sam Rayburn Reservoir lies in the middle of the Forest.