Angelina National Forest

Coordinates: 31°16′07″N 94°24′43″W / 31.26861°N 94.41194°W / 31.26861; -94.41194
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Angelina National Forest
Map showing the location of Angelina National Forest
Map showing the location of Angelina National Forest
LocationTexas, USA
Nearest cityLufkin, TX
Coordinates31°16′07″N 94°24′43″W / 31.26861°N 94.41194°W / 31.26861; -94.41194
Area153,180 acres (619.9 km2)[1]
EstablishedOctober 13, 1936[2]
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service
WebsiteNational Forests in Texas
Angelina National Forest, Angelina County, Texas, USA (November 2020)
Boykin Creek, Angelina National Forest, Angelina County, Texas, USA (November 2020)

Angelina National Forest is a United States National Forest, one of four located in the piney woods region of Texas. The 153,180-acre (619.9 km2)[1] Angelina National Forest is located in East Texas in parts of San Augustine, Angelina, Jasper and Nacogdoches counties.[1] It is managed together with the three other National Forests in Texas (Davy Crockett, Sabine, and Sam Houston) from Forest Service offices in Lufkin, Texas. There are local district offices located in Zavalla. The forest lies in the Neches River Basin and on the north and south shores of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Longleaf pine is the predominant cover type in the southern portion of the forest, while loblolly and shortleaf pine are dominant species in the northern portion and abundant throughout.


Humans came to the area around 8,000 years ago. Archeological sites document the evidence of man's presence over the entire period since then.

In 1934, the Texas Legislature approved a resolution to urge federal purchase of land to create National Forests in Texas. In 1935, acquisition began on the Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Sabine and Angelina National Forests.


Hundreds of wildlife species exist in the forest. Principal game species include white-tailed deer, squirrel, wild turkey, American woodcock, bobwhite quail, mourning dove and wood duck. The forest provides wintering habitat for the bald eagle. The red-cockaded woodpecker, an endangered species, is found throughout the forest.[3]

Wilderness areas[edit]

There are two officially designated wilderness areas lying within Angelina National Forest that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Land Areas of the National Forest System" (PDF). U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  2. ^ "The National Forests of the United States" (PDF). Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER". The Texas Breeding Bird Atlas. Retrieved 2022-04-11.

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