Recreation

Dogwood blooms on the Davy Crockett N.F.

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.

Featured Camping & Day Use Areas

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.


NFGT Controlled Burns

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.


Other helpful information:

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

Links of interest:

Recreation.gov | National Park Service | Texas Parks & Wildlife

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.
Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area: (936) 344-6205    Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area will be closed for Administrative Use on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - March 27, 28 and 29.