Recreation

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Recreationists - If you want to avoid areas and trails that have been temporarily blackened by a controlled burn, please check the burn maps on the Fire Information page before visiting the forests or grasslands.
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The National Forests in Texas provide a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities! There are dozens of developed recreation areas and trailheads, offering camping experiences ranging from highly developed to primitive. Camping is offered on a first-come, first-served basis in developed recreation areas, and some larger or more popular areas (Ratcliff Lake, Cagle, Double Lake), offer reservations through www.recreation.gov. There is a day-use fee at highly developed areas with swimming or boating facilities. Campground facilities generally include tent pads, picnic tables, parking spurs for trailers, lantern posts, grills, potable water, and toilets.

View the Recreation Matrix to see the amenities that the campgrounds have to offer.
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Dead and dying trees are a safety hazard for visitors to the forest. Some areas are being closed to the public until crews can cut the dead trees.
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Other helpful information:

Outdoor Adventures tabloid | NFGT Hunting Guide tabloid | Hunting FAQs | Camp Area Maps

Recreation Map

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Cagle Recreation Area: (936) 344-6205 Open to Visitor Controlled burns could potentially take place at this recreation area between November 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. Be advised that smoke may interfere with your recreation experience. Please contact the Ranger District Office at (936) 344-6205 if you have any questions regarding these burns.
Scott's Ridge Boat Ramp: (936) 344-6205 Open to Visitor Controlled burns could potentially take place at this recreation area between November 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. Be advised that smoke may interfere with your recreation experience. Please contact the Ranger District Office at (936) 344-6205 if you have any questions regarding these burns.
Scott's Ridge Swim Site: (936) 344-6205 Open to Visitor Controlled burns could potentially take place at this recreation area between November 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. Be advised that smoke may interfere with your recreation experience. Please contact the Ranger District Office at (936) 344-6205 if you have any questions regarding these burns.
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Hunting Frequently Asked Questions

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Outdoor Safety in the South

Outdoor Safety in the South


Dead trees along utility line

Due to the drought of 2011, many of the trees on our forests are experiencing extreme stress. Visitors are encouraged to check their surroundings and be aware of the possibility of falling limbs or trees in recreation areas and the general forest. Dead trees can fall silently and without warning. Please be on the lookout for dead trees while hiking and camping and if conditions become windy, visitors should leave the area.


Stop Illegal Marijuana Cultivation

Marijuana detection - Report suspicious activity on the forest to Patrol Captain Chris Crain (936-639-8530) or Special Agent Gary McLaughlin (936-639-8507).