Recreation


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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

Forest Visitor Map Finder | Outdoor Adventures tabloid  |  NFGT Hunting Guide tabloid  |  Hunting FAQs  |  Hunter Camp Maps | Annual Day-Use Pass Brochure | Outdoor Tips

Links of interest:

Recreation.gov | National Park Service | Texas Parks & Wildlife

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
208 OHV Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Open
233 Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Open
234 Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Open
514-D White Rock Horse Camp: (936) 655-2299 Open
566 Piney Creek Horse Camp: (936) 655-2299 Open
ANGELINA (Sam Rayburn Reservoir Area) 936-897-1068 None   Other closures:
  • Harvey Creek Boat Ramp - Closed due to damage.
  • SFA Experimental Forest - Trail is open. Toilet is closed.
Bayou Boat Ramp: (936) 897-1068 Open
Big Creek Scenic Area Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Open
Black Creek Lake: (940) 627-5475 Open
Bois D' Arc Trailhead: (940) 627-5475 Open
Boles Field: (409) 625-1940 Open
Bouton Lake: (936) 897-1068 Open
Boykin Springs: (936) 897-1068 Temporarily Closed Boykin Springs, to include all access is closed from today, Monday, April 25th through June 6th.
CADDO/LBJ (Dallas/Fort Worth Area) 940-627-5475 None
Cagle Recreation Area: (936) 344-6205 Open
Caney Creek: (936) 897-1068 Open
Clear Lake: (940) 627-5475 Open
Coffee Mill Lake Recreation Area:940-627-5475 Open
Cottonwood Lake: (940) 627-5475 Open
DAVY CROCKETT (Lufkin/Crockett Area): 936-655-2299 None For current status of trails and campgrounds, please contact the Davy Crockett Ranger District Office at 936-655-2299.
Double Lake Recreation Area: (936) 344-6205 Open
East Hamilton Boat Ramp: (409) 625-1940 Open
East Lake Crockett: (940) 627-5475 Open
Four C National Recreation Trail : (936) 655-2299 Open The portion of the 4C Hiking Trail north of National Forest System Road 521 to the terminus at Neches Bluff Overlook (NFSR 511A) in Houston County, Texas is TEMPORARILY CLOSED. ~ Closure Map ~
 
Haley's Ferry Boat Ramp: (409) 625-1940 Open
Indian Mounds: (409) 625-1940 Open
Kelly's Pond Campground: (936) 344-6205 Open
Kickapoo: (936) 655-2299 Open
LBJ Multiuse Trail System: (940) 627-5475 Open
Lakeview Campground: (409) 625-1940 Open
Lone Star Hiking Trail : (936) 344-6205 Open Contact the district office for current status of this trail. (936)-344-6205.
Neches Bluff Overlook: (936) 655-2299 Open
Northwest Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Open
Piney Creek Horse Trail: (936) 655-2299 Open
Ragtown: (409) 625-1940 Open
Ratcliff Lake: (936) 655-2299 None The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Davy Crockett National Forest, is closing the camping area, the Sawmill shelter and playground starting April 18 for water line repair work. The work is estimated to be complete in the near future. However, day-use will remain open.
For the current status of trails and campgrounds, please contact the Davy Crockett Ranger District Office at 936-655-2299.  
Red Hill Lake: (409) 625-1940 Open
Rhodes Lake: (940) 627-5475 Open
Richards-Raven Equestrian Trail None Before visiting, please call the Ranger’s Office at 936-344-6205 or 888-361-6908 and for trail status. 
SABINE (Toledo Bend Reservoir Area): 409-625-1940 None For current status of trails and campgrounds, please contact the Sabine Ranger District Office at 409-625-1940.
SAM HOUSTON (Houston/Conroe/Huntsville Area) None During periods of heavy rain, please contact the district office for current status of trails and campgrounds. (936)-344-6205.
Sam Houston Multiple-Use Trails : (936) 344-6205 None  Contact the district office for current status of this trail. (936)-344-6205.
Sawmill Hiking Trail: (936) 897-1068 Open
Scott's Ridge Boat Ramp: (936) 344-6205 Open
Scott's Ridge Swim Site: (936) 344-6205 Open Scott's Ridge Swim Site will reopen on May 2, 2022.
 
Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area: (936) 344-6205 Open  
TADRA Point: (940) 627-5475 Open
Valley View Group Use: (940) 627-5475 Open
West Lake Crockett: (940) 627-5475 Open
Willow Oak: (409) 625-1940 Open

Spotlights

Ratcliff Lake: (936) 655-2299

Ratcliff Lake, Davy Crockett National Forest

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

A boater takes time to do some fishing on Black Creek Lake on the LBJ National Grassland.

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.

Recreation Areas

Stop Illegal Marijuana Cultivation

Marijuana detection - Report suspicious activity on the forest to Patrol Captain Chris Crain (936-639-8530) or Special Agent Alex Finke (936-639-8507).