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

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.

Other helpful information:

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

Links of interest: | National Park Service | Texas Parks & Wildlife

Recreation Map

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
CADDO/LBJ (Dallas/Fort Worth Area) 940-627-5475    The following trails are closed:

~ Portions of the Blue and Orange Trails of the Lyndon B. Johnson Multi-Use Trails (See map)
Red Hills Lake: (409) 625-1940    Closed for the season until Spring 2016.
SAM HOUSTON (Houston/Conroe/Huntsville Area)    Areas closed in the Sam Houston N.F. are:

- West side of the Sam Houston Motorized Trail

- Lone Star Hiking Trail from Richards Trailhead on FS Road 219 to Bethel Trailhead on FS Road 211

- Scott's Ridge Day-Use Area is now closed for the season.  The boat ramp remains open year-round.
Scott's Ridge Swim Site: (936) 344-6205    Day-use area is closed for the season and will reopen Spring 2016.  The boat ramp remains open year-round.