Houston, Trinity
Davy Crockett National Forest
Davy Crockett National Forest Information:
This 161,842 acre forest was proclaimed a National Forest by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on October 15, 1936. It was named after Texas legend and defender of the Alamo, Davy Crockett. Habitat consists of a lake, woodlands and streams. The forest is administered by the U.S. National Forest Service. Local headquarters are located in Lufkin. Local ranger offices are located in Kennard, Texas. The national forest is managed on a multiple-use philosophy and is used for lumbering, grazing, oil production, hunting, and recreation. Texas ranchers receive special use permits for cattle grazing. The forest is bordered on the northeast by the Neches River, and includes the 45 acre Ratcliff Lake, parks, a paddling trail, Mission Tejas State Park, and the 14,561 acre Alabama Creek Wildlife Management Area. The forest is located west of Lufkin, Texas.  Davy Crockett Forest Facilities Map  
Neches River:
The Neches River rises just east of Colfax in eastern Van Zandt County; it flows southeast for 416 miles to its mouth in Sabine Lake on the northern edge of Port Arthur, Texas. Except for a few miles near its head, the Neches serves as a boundary system for its entire length, forming the county lines between a several Texas counties. Reservoirs on the river include Lake Palestine, Lake B.A. Steinhagen near Town Bluff, and the small Rhine Lake located north of Palestine. Major tributaries include the Angelina River, which drains one-third of the basin area, Bayou La Nana, Ayish Bayou, Pine Island Bayou, Village Creek, Kickapoo Creek, and Flat Creek. Towns located along the river include Tyler, Beaumont, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Groves, Port Neches and Nederland.  Fish Stocking History 
Mission Tejas State Park Information:
This 363.5 acre park was acquired from the Texas Forest Service and opened to the public in 1957. The original park construction was completed in by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in 1934. CCC constructed amenities include a replica of the 1690 Mission San Francisco de la Tejas, and bathtubs from springs in the ground. The 1828-1838 restored Rice Family Log Home is also located within the park. Constructed by Joseph Redmund Rice, Senior, the home was a stopover for immigrants and others traveling the Old San Antonio Road. It is one of the oldest structures in the area. Texas Historical Markers commemorate the mission and the cabin. A 1.5 mile portion of trail paralleling SH 21 is a part of the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas (Kings Road) National Historic Trail. One of the park’s Caddo Indian Sites is located along the trail. The park is located near the southern end of the Davy Crockett National Forest, and features campsites and hiking opportunities under the tall pine trees. Perch and bream may be caught in the 1 acre pond located near the picnic area. The park is favored for its spring dogwood blooms in late March. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more complete park information, read the Park Brochure, and watch the Park Video.  The park is located in Weches, 17.4 miles northeast of Grapeland, and 21 miles northeast of Crockett, Texas. At the intersection of SH 21 and Park Road 44 in Weches, take Park Road 44 to the park.         
Alabama Creek Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 14,561 acre Wildlife Management Area is part of the Davy Crockett National Forest and is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department under a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. The WMA was established as a state game management area for public hunting and wildlife viewing. Forest management has improved the wildlife habitats. The WMA is located on the Neches River. Driving and biking the WMA and forest is popular when the dogwoods bloom in March. Camping and horseback riding are permitted. All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins test. Fishing is mostly limited to the Neches River. Hunting is available for white-tailed deer, turkey, feral hog, quail, squirrel, frogs, and waterfowl, dove and other migratory game birds. Dogs are permitted when hunting for rabbits, hares, furbearers and raccoons. Bring your own drinking water and insect repellant. There are no restrooms. The WMA is not wheel-chair accessible. Maps are available from the U.S. Forest Service office. The WMA is open year round. (936) 569-8547. The office is located at 8096 FM 2782, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. Alabama Creek WMA is located west of the Neches River in Trinity County, approximately 17 miles southwest of Lufkin, Texas. From Lufkin take SH 94 approximately 13 miles to the intersection of FM 2262. Travel south on FM 2262 four miles.  Hunting Information  Alabama Creek WMA Map