Tucked in the heart of east Texas, the 154,245-acre Angelina National Forest spans the Neches River Basin and straddles the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The reservoir, a 114,500-acre lake on the Angelina River, is noted for its fishing, boating and water skiing.
Fishing and semi-primitive camp sites are available at Bouton Lake and Boykin Springs recreation areas. The nine-acre spring-fed, man-made Boykin Lake has two swimming areas. Caney Creek and Sandy Creek Recreation Areas have campgrounds with boat ramps to the Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
The Sawmill Hiking Trail links two recreation areas and passes an abandoned sawmill site. The Upland Island and Turkey Hill wildernesses, both situated on the Gulf Coastal Plain and covered by dense pine and hardwood forests, offer plenty of backcountry recreation opportunities, including hiking, wilderness camping, horseback riding, fishing and hunting.