PLAY HIKING TRAILS
Backpacking Trips
4C Trail

4C Hiking Trail in the Davy Crockett National Forest
The 4C Hiking Trail begins at the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area and traverses 20 miles before reaching the Neches Bluff Overlook within the Davy Crockett National Forest. This trail provides wonderful opportunities to experience very diverse habitats that include towering pines, bottomland hardwoods, boggy sloughs and upland forests. A segment of this trail even travels through the Big Slough Wilderness, which allows visitors to experience solitude as they enjoy the natural surroundings. There are also great scenic features along the 4C Trail that include the Neches Bluff Overlook, which offers a panoramic view of the Neches River bottom, and the Fall foliage in November, which has been featured by Backpacker Magazine as one of the best leaf peeping hikes. View a map of the 4C Hiking Trail.

Ratcliff Lake Trailhead
Water: Need to bring with you, or find along the trail. Be sure to purify all water found.
Restroom: At the trailhead; along the trail, follow Leave No Trace principles.
Permit: Day Use or Camping Fee for the park, and register with the US Forest Service before and after trip.
From Lufkin, follow State Hwy 103 west for 12 miles until it merges into State Hwy 7. Continue heading west and travel 12 miles. Campground is on the right. (N 31° 3’ 1” W 95° 9’ 12”)

Neches Bluff Overlook
Water: At the trailhead, cached or found along trail. Be sure to purify all water found.
Restroom: At trailhead; along the trail, follow Leave No Trace principles.
Permit: No fee, but should register with the US Forest Service before and after trip.
From Lufkin, take US Hwy 69 north 28 miles to Alto. Turn left on State Hwy 21 and travel 8.5 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Rd 511, then take the first left on Forest Service Rd 511-A. (N 31° 34’ 4” W 95° 9’ 49”)

 

Trail Between the Lakes

The Trail Between The Lakes
The Trail Between The Lakes is a 28-mile trail that extends from the Lakeview Recreation Area on Toledo Bend Reservoir to Highway 96 near Sam Rayburn Reservoir. This trail is located within the Sabine National Forest and the Moore Plantation Wildlife Management Area. There are plenty of opportunities for visitors to view varying plant communities, changing topography, wildlife and bird species, as well as different forest management techniques. The trail does cross several forest service roads and therefore allows visitors to create shorter day hikes. View a map of the Trail Between the Lakes.

Highway 96 Trailhead
Water: Need to bring with you, or find along the trail. Be sure to purify all water found.
Restroom: Follow Leave No Trace principles.
Permit: No fee, but should register with the US Forest Service before and after trip.
From Lufkin, take Texas Hwy 103 east 37.3 miles and take US Hwy 96 south approximately 17 miles. Trailhead is on the left. (N 31° 10’ 45” W 93° 58’ 19”)

Lakeview Recreation Area Trailhead
Water: Need to bring with you.
Restroom: At the trailhead; along the trail, follow Leave No Trace principles.
Permit: Day Use or Camping Fee for the park, and register with the US Forest Service before and after trip.
From Lufkin, follow State Hwy 103 east for 47.8 miles; take State Hwy 21 east 2.6 miles; turn right on Hwy 87 for 3 miles; turn left on FM 2928 for 3.5 miles to end of paved road; follow signs to Lakeview, approximately 4 miles. (N 31° 15’ 39” W 93° 40’ 41”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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