Recreation

 

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  |  Hunter Camp Maps |
 

Links of interest:

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


*NOTE* - Due to severe damage, Stubblefield Bridge on the Sam Houston National Forest is CLOSED to all use, including vehicles, pedestrians, bikes and fishing.

Damaged Stubblefield Bridge on the Sam Houston National Forest.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
208 OHV Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed.
233 Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed.
234 Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed.
ANGELINA (Sam Rayburn Reservoir Area) 936-897-1068    The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has issued the following areas are CLOSED to turkey hunting for the 2018-19 season:
  • The portion of Angelina National Forest in Jasper County will remain CLOSED due to restocking efforts for the 2018-19 season.
  • The portion of Angelina National Forest in San Augustine County including Bannister Wildlife Management Area will be CLOSED to turkey hunting effective Sept. 1, for the 2018-19 season.
For current status of trails and campgrounds, please contact the Angelina Ranger District Office at 936-897-1068.
Big Creek Scenic Area Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed.
CADDO/LBJ (Dallas/Fort Worth Area) 940-627-5475    For current status of trails and campgrounds, please contact the Caddo and LBJ Ranger District Office at 940-627-5475.
DAVY CROCKETT (Lufkin/Crockett Area): 936-655-2299    For current status of trails and campgrounds, please contact the Davy Crockett Ranger District Office at 936-655-2299.
Lone Star Hiking Trail : (936) 344-6205 Open to Visitor *NOTE* - Stubblefield Bridge is CLOSED to all use, including vehicles, pedestrians, bikes and fishing.

For current status of this trail, please contact the Sam Houston Ranger District Office at 936-344-6205.
Northwest Trailhead: (936) 344-6205 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed.
Red Hill Lake: (409) 625-1940 Open to Visitor Open for the season. 
SABINE (Toledo Bend Reservoir Area): 409-625-1940    For current status of trails and campgrounds, please contact the Sabine Ranger District Office at 409-625-1940.
SAM HOUSTON (Houston/Conroe/Huntsville Area)    *NOTE* - Stubblefield Bridge is CLOSED to all use, including vehicles, pedestrians, bikes and fishing.

For current status of roads, trails, and campgrounds, please contact the Sam Houston Ranger District Office at 936-344-6205.
Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area: (936) 344-6205 Open to Visitor *NOTE* - Stubblefield Bridge is CLOSED to all use, including vehicles, pedestrians, bikes and fishing.