Four national forests - Angelina, Sabine, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston National Forests - offer a variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.
Sam Houston National Forest
Located north of Houston, Sam Houston National Forest covers over 160,000 acres. It is a popular area for hiking, camping, picnics, fishing, boating and more. There are many miles of multi-use trails. They offer an opportunity to see some of parks wildlife, which includes some endangered species, like the red-cockaded woodpecker. Within the area are the Lone Star Hiking Trail, Double Lake Recreation Area, the Cagle Recreation Area, and Creek Scenic Area.The park is known for hot summers and mild winters.
Address: 394 Farm Road 1375 West, New Waverly, TX 77358, United States
Huntsville (pop. 35,000) was once home of Sam Houston and is today home of Sam Houston State University. The town is one of the oldest in the state and still features a number of 19th century homes.
Texas Prison Museum
The Texas Prison Museum explores the history and changes of the prison system since 1848. On display are a number of prison related artifacts including an electric chair, and various means of restraints and weapons.
Address: 491 Highway 75 North, Huntsville, TX 77320, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $4.00, Senior over 60 $3.00, Military discount $3.00, Child 17 & under $2.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Gibbs-Powell House Museum
Sam Houston Memorial Museum
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is dedicated to the former Governor of Texas, General Sam Houston.
Polk County Memorial Museum, Livingston
The museum's collection includes Indian artifacts, pioneer tools and articles, Early American glassware, and photographs as well as displays on River Boats of the Trinity River and the Civil War.
Heritage Village Museum, Woodville
This recreated village brings the visitor back to the mid to late 1800's. The facility maintains a collection of old buildings and provides demonstrations of pioneer skills.
San Jacinto County Museum, Coldspring
The 1887 restored jail is home to the San Jacinto County Museum. The museum features items related to the early settlers and history of the region.
Sabine National Forest
Located on the far eastern edge of Texas, Sabine National forest covers more than 160,000 acres. On the banks of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, the area is a popular boating and fishing spot. Hiking trails and roads for biking, and horseback riding offer alternative methods of exploring the area. Camping and picnic sites are also available in the forest.
Angelina National Forest
Located in east Texas, Angelina National Forest is a 153,000 acre area in the Neches River Basin. Within the forest lies the 114,500 acre Sam Rayburn Reservoir, making the area popular with anglers and hikers. There are also numerous campgrounds located around the lake.
Davy Crockett National Forest
Davy Crockett National Forest covers more than 160,000 acres in eastern Texas. Hiking, camping and horseback riding are popular activities in the area.