Angelina National Forest

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Angelina National Forest


(936) 897-1068


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The Angelina National Forest is one of four National Forests in Texas. Located in the heart of east Texas, the 153,179-acre Angelina National Forest is located in Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Jasper counties. The forest lies in the Neches River Basin and on the north and south shores of Sam Rayburn Reservoir, a 114,500-acre lake on the Angelina River formed by the construction of Sam Rayburn Dam in the early 1960s.

The Angelina National Forest lies in the upper Gulf Coastal general plain province and the terrain is gently rolling. Longleaf pine is the predominant cover type in the southern portion, while loblolly and shortleaf pine are the dominant types in the rest of the forest.

Summers in the Angelina National Forest are hot and humid and winters generally are short and mild. Average mid-summer temperatures in the forest range from the mid-80s to the mid-90s, with an average mid-winter temperature a mild 52 degrees.

Map of Angelina Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 31.281930, -94.315420



  • Boating

    Two developed recreation areas, Caney Creek and Sandy Creek, offer recreation users camping, picnicking, boating and fishing on or near the shores of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Caney Creek has a campfire theater for visitors. Additional boat ramps on the reservoir are available at Harvey Creek and Townsend Recreation Area (operated and maintained by San Augustine County - 936-275-2762) as well as at U.S. Army Corps of Engineer parks.

  • Camping

    Caney Creek and Sandy Creek recreation areas, located on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, have campgrounds, as does the Bouton Lake Recreation Area and the Boykin Springs Recreation Area.

  • Fishing

    Anglers can expect to catch bass, crappie, catfish, and panfish in the waters of this forest.

  • Hiking

    The 5.5-mile Sawmill Hiking Trail winds between Bouton Lake and Boykin Springs recreation areas, with a 3/4-mile spur near the middle portion of the trail leading to the abandoned Aldridge Sawmill site. Part of the trail follows an old tramway, used until 1920 to haul logs to the sawmills. Portions of old bridges and sawmill ruins can be seen at various points along the trail. A trail map is available at the District Ranger's office and at the trail head at Boykin Springs.

  • Picnicking

    Most recreation areas have developed picnic areas.

  • Water Sports

    The nine-acre lake at Boykin Springs Recreation Area is a great place for swimming.

Phone Numbers


(936) 897-1068