Nearly 750,000 acres of East Texas  pine forests remain standing as a result of the involvement of the federal government. The trees were mostly clear cut during the zealous timber harvesting of the early 1900s, but the U.S. Forest Service eventually became involved as an “administrator” of the vast woodlands, allowing them to be responsibly maintained through professional oversight of harvesting and replenishing.
The four national forests of East Texas are ideal destinations for a natural weekend getaway. Campers will want to pack more than hiking boots and mountain bikes—these woods are filled with rivers and lakes ideal for canoeing and fishing. Many nearby communities have small shops offering boat rental, fishing supplies, and fishing licenses to address most weekenders’ recreational needs.