Recreation

Two children balancing on a log on the Lone Star Hiking Trail in the Sam Houston 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 www.recreation.gov.  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:

Recreation.gov | 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    Open for the season on April 29, 2016.
Scott's Ridge Swim Site: (936) 344-6205    Day-use area is currently closed for the season and will open on April 29, 2016.  The boat ramp remains open year-round.
Valley View Group Use: (940) 627-5475