A couple paddling a canoe on the river in the national forest.

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  Forest visitors can now camp up to 28 days at selected recreation areas in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.  Click here to see this list of sites that offer the extended 28-day camping.  

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

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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)
Lone Star Hiking Trail : (936) 344-6205    The Lone Star Hiking Trail is open and available for users, some areas of the trail still may have small sections that need minor repair but are still able to be used.  Day hiking can occur anywhere on the forest along the trail, however overnight camping will be limited to designated camping areas now that it is hunting season.  These areas can be found at

For further information, please contact the Sam Houston Ranger District at 936-344-6205.
Sam Houston Multiple-Use Trails : (936) 344-6205 Closed to Visitor Due to safety concerns for trail users, all routes of the Multi-Use trail are being temporarily closed until an assessment can be completed.  Once the assessment has been completed, the segments of trail deemed safe will be reopened. 

For further information, please contact the Sam Houston Ranger District at 936-344-6205.
Scott's Ridge Swim Site: (936) 344-6205 Closed to Visitor Scott's Ridge day use area is CLOSED FOR THE SEASON and will reopen April 2017.