Davy Crockett National Forest

Davy Crockett National Forest, originally uploaded by balistica.

Looking for a cool, wooded place? How about the Davy Crockett National Forest? Tall stands of pine and hardwood, cool streams and clear lakes greet visitors. The National Forest is less than 20 miles east of Crockett, and makes a delightful stop for folks touring Texas bed and breakfasts.

The Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area is within the boundaries of the park. Swimming, fishing and hiking are all popular activities around the lake, as is boating. You may even stumble upon a concert at the lovely outdoor amphitheater.

Four C National Recreation Trail starts at the lake and meanders 20 miles through boggy sloughs, diverse forests, and up to the stunning scenic overlook at Neches Bluff. This is a foot path only, as part of it traverses the Big Slough Wilderness Area. Horses are permitted on the Piney Creek Horse Trail, which runs for 50 miles through the park.

Ask the innkeepers of your East Texas bed and breakfast where to pick up picnic supplies, and stretch your legs at the Davy Crockett National Forest. It is lovely in the summer.

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