Angelina N.F. - Upland Island & Turkey Hill Wilderness Areas

Wilderness is...

Congressionally designated land managed to allow the earth's natural processes to shape and influence the area. The 13,331-acre Upland Island Wilderness and 5,473-acre Turkey Hill Wilderness were set aside under the Texas Wilderness Act of 1984. Evidence of roads and trails that were constructed prior to wilderness designation can still be seen. Since 1984, these areas have been managed to remain natural, pristine, and provide opportunities for solitude and challenge.

What is allowed...

hunting and fishing according to state regulations
horseback riding and hiking
trail construction and maintenance
outfitter/guide operations by permit
collecting nuts, berries and cones for personal use
campfires when not under fire ban, call office for details

What is prohibited...

roads and structures
timber harvesting and commercial enterprises
bicycles and other wheeled vehicles
mechanical transport
motorized vehicles and equipment
aircraft landings
removal of plants, stone, moss for personal or
commercial use
removal of historical or archeological artifacts

Leave no trace...

is a set of outdoor ethics to encourage wilderness visitors to keep areas pristine. There are six simple guidelines to follow:

(1) KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - Be prepared with proper map(s)/information and equipment.

(2) CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH - Use existing trails and avoid trampling seedlings or flowers. Camp 200 feet away from trails and water sources.

(3) KEEP WATER CLEAN - Do not put soap, food or human waste in water. Bury human waste 4-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, camp or trails.

(4) STASH YOUR TRASH - Take trash home to dispose of properly.

(5) LEAVE IT AS YOU FIND IT - Leave vegetation, rocks and historical items as you found them.

(6) BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE - Use gas-fueled camp stoves. Don't build new fire rings or build fires next to large rocks. Bring wood with you or collect loose pieces from the ground, and don't break limbs off of trees or cut trees. Make sure fire is out before leaving site.

Directions to Upland Island

From Woodville follow Highway 69 north for 13 miles to the Neches River; continue on Highway 69 another 1.5 miles to Wilderness sign; turn right (east) on Forest Road 314 for 2.5 miles to designated wilderness parking area.

From Lufkin follow Highway 69 south for 27 miles to Wilderness sign; turn left (east) on Forest Road 314 for 2.5 miles to parking area.

Directions to Turkey Hill

From Broaddus follow Highway 147 north for 6 miles to Wilderness.

For official maps or more information contact:

Angelina National Forest
111 Walnut Ridge Road
Zavalla, TX 75980

(936) 897-1068
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.