Special Places

Aldridge Sawmill Historic Site - Angelina N.F.
Aldridge Sawmill Historic Site

The National Forests & Grasslands in Texas are home to interesting places like historic sites and wilderness areas.  Listed below are just a few of these special places.

See "East Texas Throwback" piece on Aldridge on KTRE

Angelina National Forest

Davy Crockett National Forest

Sabine National Forest

Sam Houston National Forest

Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland


The Jug Hole at Indian Mounds WildernessThe Jug Hole at Indian Mounds Wilderness on the Sabine National Forest.

Highlighted Areas

Cagle Recreation Area: (936) 344-6205

Fishermen fishing at Cagle Recreation on the Sam Houston National Forest.

Cagle Recreation Area, located on the shores of Lake Conroe, offers great fishing and water sports just 45 minutes north of Houston. Cagle has a boat ramp, hiking trails and two camping loops with 47 full-service RV sites nestled among the pines of the Sam Houston National Forest. Sites offer drinking water, electricity and sewer hookups plus a tent pad, lantern post and fire ring.

Reservations for all sites must be made at least 48 hours in advance online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area: (936) 344-6205

Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. Just an hour north of Houston, in the Sam Houston National Forest, Stubblefield offers great outdoor experiences, including camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking and picnicking.



Camper at Stubblefield Campground on the Sam Houston National Forest.

Ratcliff Lake: (936) 655-2299

USFS Volunteer Opportunity

The Davy Crockett National Forest is seeking interested candidates to volunteer as campground hosts at Ratcliff Lake Recreational Area. [Read more]


Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It surrounds a picturesque 45-acre lake that was once a log pond and a source of water for the Central Coal and Coke Company sawmill which operated from 1902 to 1920. The area offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing and hiking. The Four C National Recreation Trail is 20 miles and originates in the Ratcliff Recreation Area and goes to the Neches Bluff Overlook.

~ Recreation Area Map ~ 

Forest visitors can now camp up to 28 days at selected recreation areas in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.   Extended camping is offered at:

Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area - Sites: 7, 9, 16, 20, 26, 32, 43, and 45

For more information call 936-655-2299.

Black Creek Lake: (940) 627-5475

Located on the north shore of the 35-acre Black Creek Lake, Black Creek Recreation Area has a picnic area and boat launch facility. The area also has walk-in camping sites available.

Boykin Springs: (936) 897-1068

Boykin Springs Recreation Area offers camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking or just getting in touch with nature. A picnic shelter accommodating up to 74 people is available by reservation. The area serves as a trailhead for the Sawmill Hiking Trail.

~ Boykin Springs Map ~

Bathers enjoy fresh water from the pipes at Boykin Springs in the Angelina National Forest.