Angelina-Sabine Loop

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Bannister Wildlife Management Area
PPWE 024

This site is open daily, and developed camping is available at the site.

From Pineland, go west on FM 83 for 17.3 miles to Hwy. 147 in Broaddus. Turn right (north) on Hwy. 147 and go north 2 miles to the WMA.

Bannister WMA is part of Angelina National Forest and leased corporate lands. The area provides habitat for a diversity of birds, including the restored Eastern Wild Turkey and the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. The wide variety of native and migrating species of birds makes the area a special bird-watching location all year long. White-tailed deer and small fur-bearing animals are common. The 28,063-acre area includes the Turkey Hill Wilderness. Habitat includes mature stands of loblolly and slash pine, with hardwood trees such as sweetgum, flowering dogwood, red maple, laurel oak and American elm occurring in the riparian areas.

Multiple clusters of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker are present on the WMA. Visitors are reminded to minimize noise and disturbance to the cavity trees, particularly during the nesting season. The relatively open nature of these mature pine stands provides high visibility for viewing Bachman's Sparrow and Sedge Wren in summer and Grasshopper and Henslow's Sparrows in winter.

(936) 569-8547

www.tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=28

Latitude: 31.3607
Longitude: -94.2579

Ralph McAllister Park
PPWE 025

This site is open for day use only.

From the intersection of US 96 and TX 103 approximately 20 miles south of Nacogdoches, go west on TX 103 for 16 miles to the park entrance (to the south just after crossing the Sam Rayburn Reservoir Bridge).

This small park offers a variety of habitats, including mature mixed woods, pine forest, hardwood sloughs and lakeshore. The upland mixed woods and pine forest provide habitat for Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian and Great Crested Flycatchers, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos, as well as several warbler and woodpecker species. The shoreline and open lake provide great opportunities to observe wading shorebirds, Eared and Horned Grebes, dabbling and diving ducks, Common Loon and the occasional Bald Eagle. This compact site offers diverse wildlife viewing and pleasant surroundings.

(936) 564-7351

www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/samray/Recreation/Parks/Corpsparks.asp

Latitude: 31.3816
Longitude: -94.3345

Bird Islands - Lake Sam Rayburn
PPWE 026

This site is open daily, and developed camping is available at the site.

From the intersection of Hwy. 63 and SR 147 in Zavalla, go northeast on SR 147 approximately 6 miles to the SR 147 Bridge as it crosses Lake Rayburn below Broaddus. The Bird Islands are on the east side of the highway, but birds, particularly waterfowl, are often on both sides of the road. Parking is available on the roadway shoulder and at pull-offs on the north shoreline.

The shallow waters located at the north end of the SH 147 bridge over Lake Sam Rayburn provide excellent habitat for wintering waterfowl as well as resident waterbirds. The bridge offers excellent lake views. Resident species observed during all seasons include herons, egrets and Pied-billed Grebe. During the summer months look for herons, Neotropic Cormorant, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Stork. Winter is the best time to look for Common Loon, Horned Grebe, American White Pelican and Bonaparte's and Ring-billed Gulls. Dabbling ducks can be observed in the shallow water areas, whereas divers are more common in deeper water. River otters are sometimes seen.

(936) 897-1068

Latitude: 31.2445
Longitude: -94.3111

Upland Island Wilderness and Longleaf Ridge Special Area
PPWE 027

This site is open daily, and developed camping is available at the site.

From the intersection of US 69 and SR 63 in Zavalla, go east on SR 63 for 7.1 miles to FR 303. Turn right (south) on FR 303 and follow it south to the site.

The Upland Island Wilderness Area spans 13,331 acres of spectacular pine forest with bogs and hardwood bottomlands leading to the Neches River. The Longleaf Ridge Special Area is approximately 32,300 acres and is located east of the Upland Island Wilderness Area. Located within the Angelina National Forest System, the Longleaf Ridge Special Area is bordered by the Sam Rayburn Reservoir to the north, and includes two shoreline recreation areas: Sandy Creek and Caney Creek. The Longleaf Ridge Special Area is managed specifically for Red-cockaded Woodpecker and associated upland species such as Eastern Wild Turkey. The area provides for ample hiking and horseback riding as a way to enjoy the wildlife.

The shorelines provide habitat for waterbirds such as Pied-billed Grebe, Cattle and Snowy Egrets, Forster's Tern, Belted Kingfisher and various herons. Resident birds inhabiting the woodlands include American Kestrel, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebird and Pine Warbler. Chuck-will's-widow, Wood Thrush, American Redstart, Louisiana Waterthrush, Indigo and Painted Buntings and Eastern Towhee occur in summer. In winter look for American Woodcock and various sparrows.

The mixed woods along riparian areas support Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian and Great Crested Flycatchers, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos. The best opportunity for viewing Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Eastern Wild Turkey occur while heading south on FSR 313 and FSR 326.

(936) 897-1068

www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5291445

Latitude: 31.1306
Longitude: -94.3203

Ayish Bayou
PPWE 028

This site is open for day use only.

From intersection of TX 21 and US 96 in San Augustine, go east on TX 21 for 0.4 mile to San Augustine Civic and Tourism Center. Ayish Bayou is behind the center.

Although the bayou at this location is only about 10 feet wide, the associated riparian vegetation provides exceptional habitat for a number of bird species. Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Tufted Titmouse and Cliff Swallow nest in the area. White-eyed Vireo, Painted and Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Dark-eyed Junco can be seen during migration and also occasionally nest nearby. Look overhead for Red-tailed Hawk or Black Vulture. The long, planked walkway from the tourism center across Ayish Bayou to the Caboose offers excellent viewing opportunities.

The site is operated by the city of San Augustine and the grounds are open to the public year-round. Be sure to visit the tourism center to learn more about local history and see the beautiful gold leaf paintings and woodcarvings.

(936) 275-3610

www.sanaugustinetx.com

Latitude: 31.0313
Longitude: -94.1178

Trail Between the Lakes
PPWE 029

This site is open daily, and developed camping is available at the site.

From Pineland, follow FM 2426 east for 9.3 miles to Hwy. 87. Turn right (south) on Hwy. 87 for 4.1 miles to FM 2928. Turn left (east) on FM 2928 for 4.7 miles to Oak Hill Rd., continue 2.6 miles to the campground following signs to Lakeview Recreation Area.

Step out into the wilderness as you trek down this 28-mile trail that takes you through a variety of East Texas habitats. The trail extends from Toledo Bend to Sam Rayburn Reservoir and is maintained by members of the Sierra Club _ Golden Triangle Group. While dominated primarily by pine forest, pockets of riparian, mixed woods and deciduous forest are also encountered while traversing the trail. Multiple access points are available to allow hikers to decide the length of their trek. The trail extends northward to the Moore Plantation Wildlife Management Area and crosses Devil's Ford and Curry Creek before intersecting FM 2426. The trail turns westward through the managed pine forest of Moore Plantation, intersecting Hwy. 87, and continuing through the Sabine National Forest until its end at the Lakeview Recreational Area.

The trail passes through an active Red-cockaded Woodpecker cluster as it approaches FM 2426 in the Moore Plantation WMA. Other bird species likely observed include Prairie and Pine Warblers, Bachman's, Grasshopper and Henslow's Sparrows and various woodpeckers.

(409) 787-3870

www.toledo-bend.com/national-forest/index.asp?request=trail

Latitude: 31.1777
Longitude: -93.969

Moore Plantation Wildlife Management Area
PPWE 030

This site is open daily, and developed camping is available at the site.

From the intersection of Hwy. 1/FM 2426 in Pineland, travel east on FM 2426 for 3.8 miles to its intersection with FSR 152. Turn left and follow to the WMA.

With recurring controlled burns on much of the property, the WMA is being restored to a healthy mixture of mature pine trees with an open understory; a habitat requirement for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

The open understory also provides habitat for birds such as Painted and Indigo Buntings, Prairie and Pine Warblers, Brown-headed Nuthatch, American Woodcock, Bachman's Sparrow, Sedge Wren and Grasshopper and Henslow's Sparrows. Pileated, Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers can also be observed in this habitat type.

The Moore Plantation WMA covers 25,601 acres. Visitors can see the area by vehicle on the Forest Service roads. Trails for hiking and horseback riding are also available. White-tailed deer and Eastern Wild Turkey are common on the area, and traveling south on FSR 114 provides a good opportunity to see turkeys.

(936) 569-8547

www.tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=31

Latitude: 31.2499
Longitude: -93.8974

Willow Oak Recreation Area
PPWE 031

This site is open daily, and developed camping is available at the site.
An entrance fee or donation may be required.

From Pineland, follow FM 2426 east for 9.3 miles to Hwy. 87. Turn right (south) on Hwy. 87 for 8.6 miles and follow to the entrance on left hand side of road.

Willow oaks are a dominant feature at this recreation area. Habitats include mature mixed pine/hardwoods, lakeshore, freshwater marshes and hardwood sloughs. The upland forest provides habitat for birds such as Barred Owl, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian and Great Crested Flycatchers, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos, in addition to several warbler and woodpecker species. The shoreline and open lake area provide extensive opportunities to spot wading birds, Eared and Horned Grebes, dabbling and diving ducks and Common Loon.

(409) 787-3870, (409) 565-2273

www.toledo-bend.com/national-forest/index.asp?request=willow

Latitude: 31.2016
Longitude: -93.7365

Stark Tract
PPWE 032

This site is open for day use only.

From Pineland, follow FM 2426 east for 9.3 miles to Hwy. 87. Take Hwy. 87 south 17.6 miles to R 255 East. Follow R 255 East for 4.6 miles to FR 197, turn left on FR 197 for 3 miles to FR 196, and turn left on FR 196 the area which is at the end of the road.

The Stark Tract is being restored to open longleaf pine forest. While no active Red-cockaded Woodpecker clusters are currently present at the site, management to restore suitable habitat is underway. Pileated and Downy Woodpeckers are commonly seen, along with Eastern Wild Turkey, Painted and Indigo Buntings, Prairie and Pine Warblers and various sparrow species. Openings along the 4-plus miles of gravel road provide vistas of distant pine forest. The site is located on a steeply sloped peninsula that extends into Toledo Bend Reservoir. Frogs and turtles along with herons and egrets frequent the coves.

(409) 787-3870

Latitude: 31.1764
Longitude: -93.6474

Hillside RV Park
PPWE 033

Call ahead, access to the site is restricted; visitation may be arranged by contacting the managing entity at the address and telephone number provided.

From Hemphill, take Hwy. 87 south 14.4 miles to FM 3315. Go east on FM 3315 for 5.8 miles to the "T"-intersection and turn right on Hickory Hills for 0.5 mile to the RV park on the left.

Facilities at this lakefront site include multiple RV slots, a boat ramp, pavilion, recreation room and other amenities. The relaxed atmosphere of the facility invites you to sit on the porch swing and watch the birds at the feeder. Wading birds can be observed in the cove and along the shoreline and a diversity of songbirds can be enjoyed during spring and fall migrations. Over 71 species of birds have been recorded at the site.

(409) 579-3422

www.toledo-bend.com/hillside/amenities.asp

Latitude: 31.2137
Longitude: -93.6427

Lakeview Campground
PPWE 034

This site is open daily, and developed camping is available at the site.
An entrance fee or donation may be required.

From Pineland, follow FM 2426 east for 9.3 miles to Hwy. 87. Turn right (south) on Hwy. 87 for 4.1 miles to FM 2928. Turn left (east) on FM 2928 for 4.7 miles to Oak Hill Rd., continue 2.6 miles to the campground following signs to Lakeview Recreation Area.

Lakeview Campground is surrounded by Toledo Bend Reservoir on 3 sides, providing visitors with unobstructed views of the lake year-round. Operated by the Sabine River Authority, the campground is the eastern trailhead of the Trail Between the Lakes. Mixed forest, pine forest and cypress/willow sloughs provide for a diversity of wildlife.

With lots of shoreline and coves, ample viewing of shorebirds and waterbirds is available year-round. Resident woodland inhabitants include American Kestrel, woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Pine Warbler and Eastern Bluebird. During the summer look for various warblers, thrushes and buntings. Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, Common Nighthawk, Acadian Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, Broad-winged Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Summer Tanager and Orchard Oriole are particularly attracted to the area's sloughs. Look for migratory songbirds during the spring and fall months.

(409) 625-1940

www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/texas/recarea/?recid=30264

Latitude: 31.2616
Longitude: -93.6805

Indian Mounds Wildnerness, Sabine National Forest
PPWE 035

This site is open daily, and developed camping is available at the site.

From Hwy. 87 in Hemphill travel east on Hwy. 83 for 6.7 miles. Turn south on FM 3382 for 3.7 miles then left on FST 130 to park entrance.

For the more adventurous naturalists, this 12,369-acre wilderness area has a lot to offer. Be sure to bring your compass or GPS and carry a topographic map to get to the remote points of interest in this area. The trail system and old logging roads offer ideal hiking and horseback riding opportunities for remote wildlife viewing. An active Bald Eagle nest can be observed in the Hurricane Bayou drainage.

Birds observed year-round include Pied-billed Grebe, herons, egrets, Forster's Tern and Belted Kingfisher. Resident bird species include American Kestrel, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebird and Pine Warbler. Chuck-will's-widow, Wood Thrush, American Redstart, Louisiana Water Thrush, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Eastern Towhee and numerous warbler species frequent this area in summer. Other birds such as Bald Eagle, American Woodcock and various sparrows prefer Indian Mounds during winter. The Wilderness Area is best suited for the energetic naturalist, whereas the nearby recreational area provides for a less strenuous adventure.

(409) 787-3870

www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5291447

Latitude: 31.3204
Longitude: -93.7074

Longleaf Pines Park
PPWE 036

This site is open for day use only.

From Hemphill, go west on TX 184 for 4.7 miles to its intersection with FM 2024. The park is located on the southwest corner.

One of the earliest roadside parks in Texas, the Longleaf Pines Park was constructed by Texas Department of Transportation in 1936. The grassy understory is dotted with wildflowers. A small riparian strip dissects the property providing shrubs and taller herbaceous vegetation. While the park is relatively small, it is a good place to view birds and butterflies.

Bird species utilizing the area will vary among season, but resident Pileated and Downy Woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse remain year-round. Look for Bachman's Sparrow and Painted Bunting during the summer months and Sedge Wren and Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows during the winter. Along the woody edges of the adjacent forest habitat look for Northern Bobwhite, Brown Thrasher, Lark Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark and Loggerhead Shrike.

www.toledo-bend.com/sabineco/history/index.asp?request=longleaf

Latitude: 31.3579
Longitude: -93.9186

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