Angelina National Forest, one of four national forests in Texas, covers more than 150,000 square acres in the eastern part of the state. The forest borders on the north and south shores of Sam Rayburn Lake, a man-made lake that is 70 miles long and has 700 miles of shoreline.
Angelina National Forest
111 Walnut Ridge Rd.
Zavalla, TX 75980
In the forest, a favorite destination for hikers, is the Aldridge Sawmill Historic Site. Opened in 1905, the sawmill in its heyday produced more than 100,000 board feet of lumber a day until it ceased operation in 1923. There are several abandoned buildings, the mill pond and parts of the railway tram. Wildlife abound in the forest. You can see deer, wild turkeys, wood cocks and squirrels. Hunting is permitted in season in designated areas. The Upland Island and Turkey Hill Wilderness Areas offer more than 18,000 acres of undeveloped wilderness for those who yearn for solitude and want to get away from it all. Licensed outfitters are available to lead guided tours; check with the ranger station for more information.
Sam Rayburn Dam & Reservoir
Rte. 3, Box 486
Jasper, TX 75951
One of the most popular destinations in Angelina National Forest is the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The lake provides excellent sport fishing; largemouth bass, catfish, crappies and bluegills are all plentiful. There are many public boat ramps along the shore, and the lake has three marinas. Private charter boats with guides who can help even experienced fishermen reel the big ones in are available for hire. Besides fishing, the lake provides opportunities for water skiing or just swimming. Ebenezer Park has several miles of horseback trails for the equestrian enthusiasts. Some may just prefer to go for a walk along the shore and go bird watching. In the winter months the area serves as the nesting grounds for many kinds of water fowl. Being out in the fresh air all day will definitely make you appreciate the comfort of your Lufkin inn.
East Texas Jamboree
132 Colwell Cir.
Broaddus, TX 75929
Another excursion in Angelina National Forest would be a visit to the East Texas Jamboree. It has been entertaining patrons since 2000 with what many believe is the finest country music this side of Branson, Missouri. It features theater-style seating, a state-of-the art sound and lighting system and a food concession. Hear hits like "Chunk of Coal." The Jamboree is located off Route 147, right in the middle of the national forest.
Stone Fort Museum
Stephen F. Austen State University
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
Just off the western boundary of the forest, the Stone Fort Museum has exhibits on the history of the area and details about the settlers who passed through east Texas in the early 1800s. Built in 1791, the original structure was demolished in 1902. Due to the efforts of local conservationists, a replica was erected in 1936. Admission is free. Call for hours. As another satisfying day comes to a close, it will feel great to get back to your Lufkin bed and breakfast.