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I.D. Fairchild State Forest
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I.D. FairchildState Forest Information:
The 2,740 acre Fairchild State Forest was acquired in 1925 from the Texas Prison System. It was named after Senator Fairchild of Lufkin. The small day use area in the main tract has a fishing pond and picnic tables. There are no restrooms. There are eleven miles of trails. Activities in this area include biking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and birding and picnicking. All horses must have proof of a recent negative Coggins test. This area is located 0.25 miles south of U.S. 84. Special forest attractions include a historical fire tower, and the Red Cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Management Area. Forest management demonstration areas and sites exist throughout the forest. The forest service hosts group resource education tours by appointment. Visitor resources include the facilities & trails map and trails topography map. The forestis open year round during daylight hours. (903) 586-7545. Information and maps are available at the Jacksonville District Office at 1015 Southeast Loop 456, Jacksonville, Texas. The forest is located15 miles east of Palestine, 13 miles west of Rusk, 15 miles south of Jacksonville, and 13 miles west of Maydelle, Texas at the intersection of FM 747 and U.S. 84.
 
Birding - TEXAS PRAIRIES AND PINEYWOODS EAST BIRDING TRAIL:
Big Woods Loop:  Palestine, Tennessee Colony, Cayuga, Kerens, Corsicana, Ennis, Bardwell, Athens, Fairfield, Mexia, Teague, Groesbeck, Marquez, Centerville, Leona
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Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
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Hunting I.D. Fairchild State Forest:
The forest offers youth only gun hunting of white-tailed deer and unlimited feral hogs from assigned blinds. Bring chairs. Contact the Jacksonville District Office for more camping permission information and more hunting information. (903) 586-7545.  2017-2018 Hunting Details