9) Angelina National Forest
Located in East Texas, Angelina National Forest was designated in 1934. Fishing and boating enthusiasts should head over to Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Caney Creek and Sandy Creek are located on the reservoir with camping and picnicking sites. The park service also has RV hookups, but no cabins. If camping isn’t your style, some private lodgings are available, such as La Paz Bed and Breakfast. Bouton Lake Recreation Area surrounds the 12-acre natural lake near Neches River. A man-made lake is at the center of the Boykin Springs Recreation Area. The 5.5-mile Sawmill Hiking Trail connects the two lakes. Angelina is home to the red-cockaded woodpecker, an endangered species, as well as a winter home the treasured bald eagle. Deer, wild turkeys, and ducks make their home here. Hunting is allowed in season with a proper permit.
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