The forest covers a total of 160,647 acres (251.0 sq mi; 650.1 km2) in two counties - Houston 94,481 acres (147.6 sq mi; 382.4 km2) and Trinity 67,361 acres (105.3 sq mi; 272.6 km2).
The national forest is managed on a multiple-use philosophy and are used for lumbering, grazing, oil production, hunting, and recreation. In fiscal year 1994, 93.8 million board feet of timber was harvested from the national forests in Texas, providing 2,098 jobs and $73,108,000 in income to the surrounding Texas communities. In addition, Texas ranchers with special permits could graze their cattle in the national forests. At the Davy Crockett National Forest, 386 head of cattle grazed in fiscal year 1994. Davy Crockett National Forest, which is bordered on the northeast by the Neches River, includes the 45-acre (182,000 m2) Ratcliff Lake. The area is pine-hardwood woodlands with flat to gently rolling terrain. Recreational facilities at this national forest include a bathhouse, camping and picnicking areas, boat ramps, and hiking trails. The Big Slough Wilderness also lies within the forest.