The Four C National Recreation Trail leads hikers through part of the Davy Crockett National Forest. This 20-mile-long trail begins at Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area and ends at the Neches Bluff Overlook.
Named for the Central Coal and Coke Company, which logged virgin timber in the area, the Four C Trail follows some abandoned tramways built by that company. The area around the trail is a forest that grew after the company completed its logging operation in the early 1920s. The sawmill was located at Ratcliff Lake, which served as a log pond.
Maps and waypoints for the trail:
At a Glance
||Spring and Fall
Crockett, Texas; Lufkin, Texas
Ratcliff Lake --
From Lufkin: Take Hwy. 103 west for 16 miles where it merges with Hwy. 7. Continue west for 12 miles and turn right at entrance to the recreation area.
Take Hwy. 7 east for 15 miles and turn left on entrance road ($3 day-use fee per vehicle, per day at Ratcliff Lake).
Neches Bluff --
From Lufkin: Take Hwy. 103 west for 16 miles where it merges with Hwy. 7 West. Continue west for 11 miles and turn right on FM 227 in Ratcliff, TX. Go 11 miles to Hwy 21 and turn right. Take Hwy. 21 east for approximately 5.5 miles, turn right on FS Road 511 and follow signs to Neches Bluff.
Take Hwy. 21 east for 26 miles, turn right on FS 511, go 1/2 mile and turn left on 511-A.
Except for a 1-mile segment through privately owned timberlands, the Four C Trail stays on national forest land. The trail, marked with white rectangular tags on trees, is easy to follow.