PLAY HIKING TRAILS
Day Hikes
Angelina Forest Fitness Trail

Angelina College Forest Fitness Trail
The Angelina College Forest Fitness Trail is an overall one-mile loop (1.06 miles) which can be used as a fitness/walking trail or can be enjoyed at a slower pace as an arboretum where more than 50 different native trees and plants are identified. This beautiful area has been left as natural and undisturbed as possible and contains a number of large, bottomland hardwoods. The trail begins on the hill behind the Angelina College Activity Center and descends to Hurricane Creek on the undeveloped west side of the campus.

The trailhead (N 31° 17’ 21” W 94° 43’ 59”) is located next to the Activity Center and Gymnasium behind the Angelina Community College Campus. You will find parking for this trail just off Daniel McCall Road, and you will see a gazebo by the start of the trail. View a map of the Angelina College Forest Fitness Trail.

 

Lost Arrow Hiking and Biking

Lost Arrow Biking and Hiking Trail
The Lost Arrow Biking and Hiking Trail is a 5.17-mile back-country type trail that is ideal for hiking, trail running, biking, and nature observation, located fully within the City of Lufkin's Kit McConnico Park, the trail features hills and six bridge crossings over streams weaving throughout.

The trailhead (N 31° 22’ 8” W 94° 41’ 32”) is located alongside the parking area at Kit McConnico Park (903 Old Moffett Rd). View a map of the Lost Arrow Biking and Hiking Trail.

 

Azalea Trail

Lufkin's Azalea Trail
The Lufkin Azalea Trail is a 1.9-mile nature trail that runs from Grace Dunne Richardson Park to Kiwanis Park. The trail is limited to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and has an improved surface. The trail offers benches for enjoying nature along the way. There are scores of native plants to enjoy and there are small gardens of Azaleas and ornamental grasses that have been planted and are maintained by the City of Lufkin Parks and Recreation Department. The trail has security lighting along its entire length and there are call boxes located at strategic points along the trail for any emergencies.

The first trailhead (N 31° 19 25” W 94° 43’ 29”) is located at Kiwanis Park (401 Kiwanis Park Dr). The second trailhead (N 31° 18’ 34” W 94° 44’ 3”) is located at Grace Dunne Richardson Park (200 Mott Dr). View a map of the Azalea Trail.

 

Ratcliff Day Hikes

Ratcliff Day Hike Trails
The Ratcliff Day Hikes are located in the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area within the Davy Crockett National Forest. These trails total 2.25 miles and provide visitors with great opportunities to look deep into the forest, see wildlife and bird species, and just reflect on the natural beauty of an East Texas pine ecosystem. There are also interpretive materials that allow visitors to take a self guided tour to learn about the many different aspects of the surrounding the forest.

From Lufkin, follow State Hwy 103 west for 12 miles until it merges into State Hwy 7. Continue west on Hwy 7 and travel 12 more miles before turning right into campground. (N 31° 23’ 18” W 95° 9’ 18”) View a map of the Ratcliff Day Hikes.

 

Sawmill Hiking Trail

Sawmill Hiking Trail in the Angelina National Forest
The Sawmill Hiking Trail is a 2.2-mile one-way hike in the Angelina National Forest that begins at Boykin Springs Campground and ends at the Old Aldridge Sawmill Site. The trail follows a spring-fed creek that has a continuous flow of water which provides a serene atmosphere. This trail even passes through the Neches River bottom along an old tramway that was used until the 1920s to haul logs to the sawmill. Hikers will enjoy a beautiful bottomland hardwood landscape that is rich with history, wildlife, and bird species.

From Lufkin, follow US Hwy 69 south for 18 miles,then turn left on State Hwy 63 and continue for 11.3 miles. Turn right and head south on Forest Service Rd 313 for 2.5 miles until you reach Boykin Springs Recreation Area. (N 31° 3’ 33” W 94° 16’ 29) View a map of the Sawmill Hiking Trail.

 

SFA Interpretive Trail

Stephen F. Austin Interpretive Trail
The Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest Interpretive Trail is located just minutes away from Lufkin and Nacogdoches. There are two types of trails present; one is a hard surface trail that is 0.8 miles long and is wheelchair accessible, the other is a 2.1-mile long natural surface trail that provides a little more challenge. Both trails travel along Jack Creek which is a spring-fed perennial stream that is lined with 100-year-old pine and hardwood species. Visitors will enjoy five different forest types as they hike along the trails, and will have the opportunity to enjoy roughly 150 bird species, 80 butterfly species, and 30 mammal species.

From Lufkin, take US Hwy 59 North for approximately 9 miles. Turn left onto FM 2782 and travel approximately 3 more miles. Turn left into the Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest and follow the signs. (N 31° 29’ 54” W 94° 45’ 38”) View a map of the Stephen F. Austin Interpretive Trail.

 

Urban Wildscape

Urban Wildscape Trail
The Urban Wildscape Trail is located within the city of Lufkin, the trail takes you through 3.5 acres of mixed pine-hardwood forest common in East Texas. Native species are identified along the trail and an interpretive brochure which points out the historic significance of tree species along the way is available inside the Texas Forestry Museum.

The trailhead (N 31° 21’ 2” W 94° 42’ 15”) is located behind the Texas Forestry Museum (1905 Atkinson Dr). View a map of the Urban Wildscape Trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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