The Angelina National Forest sits on 153,180 acres of land in the state of Texas and more specifically in parts of Angelina, San Augustine, Nacogdoches and Jasper counties in the east of Texas. You can get to the park by using several roads including TX 147, TX 63, and US 69. The protected lands encompassing the forest are today governed by the U.S. Forest Service and were initially established on October 13, 1936.
That said, the Angelina National Forest is managed from the same Forest Service offices as three other national forests including Sabine National Forest, Davy Crockett National Forest, and Sam Houston National Forest. This forest office is located in Lufkin, Texas.
There are several points of interest at Angelina National Forest. Some of these special features are as follows. First, the forest is in the Neches River Basin and on the shores of the 114,500-acre Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Secondly, the forest is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. The principal forest cover in the southern section of the forest is primarily Longleaf Pine.
The northern section, on the other hand, is primarily comprised of Shortleaf Pine and Loblolly. As for the wildlife species in the forest, you will find lots of mourning dove, bobwhite quail, American woodcock, wood duck, white-tailed deer, squirrel, and wild turkey. Other rare and unique birds that visitors can sometimes see include the bald eagle and the red-cockaded woodpecker.
Besides the biota, geological features and natural splendor of the forest, visitors will also find several man-made resources and amenities within the forest including picnic sites, boat launch, trails, archeological sites, and campgrounds. These amenities facilitate popular recreational activities like fishing, swimming, hunting, canoeing, boating, water-skiing, horseback riding, camping, hiking, and ORV riding.
Dog-walking is certainly allowed in certain sections of the forest, and this means that you should certainly find out which areas of the forest you can access with your dog and which areas you cannot. Furthermore, you should know that even for the areas of the forest that you can access with your dog, you should ensure that your dog is on a leash.