Lakes, rivers and streams make Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County a dream for anyone who enjoys fishing. From shoreline fishing a small pond to boating on some of Texas' most famous bass lakes, plan to wet a hook while you're here!
Ten miles west of Nacogdoches is this beautiful 2,200 acre lake, offering a great place to catch largemouth bass, crappie and sunfish. Two lakeside parks include pavilions, picnic tables, charcoal grills, swimming areas, boat ramps, ADA compliant fishing & boat dock, a nature trail, disc golf course and playgrounds.
Lake Naconiche gives East Texans yet another option for fishing, swimming, water sports and scuba diving. Initially stocked with thousands of largemouth bass from the ShareLunker program, Lake Naconiche is also home to spotted bass, channel and blue catfish, black and white crappie and bluegill.
Lake Sam Rayburn (aka Sam Rayburn Reservoir)
Ranked #1 by Bassmaster magazine for being the best bass lake in the nation in 2018, Lake Sam Rayburn is a popular recreational destination, close to Whitetail Hills, for boating, camping, and fishing. Due to the abundance of bass in the lake, it is home to more than 300 tournaments annually.
Angelina National Forest The Angelina National Forest, hugs the shores of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir, making it unique among the four national forests in Texas. None of the other forests have the concentration of water sports found in the Angelina nor do they have the number of developed forest service camping locations. The Sam Rayburn Reservoir is one of the largest man-made lakes in Texas and contains trophy size Largemouth bass. While many come to the Angelina National Forest the first time to enjoy the various water sports available there, it is the national forest camping experience that brings folks back time and again.
For the hunting enthusiast, Nacogdoches is full of white-tail deer, quails, ducks, and turkey. For those looking for a more unique hunting experience, there are even seasons for rabbits and squirrel.
Whitetail Hills is the perfect property for ATVing with your family and friends! With your large acreage homesite to call your own, you can enjoy exploring your private land on your recreational vehicle on the weekends.
If the full Texas experience is what you're looking for, Roselake Ranch can accommodate you. Enjoy a guided ride through the forest in the footsteps of Texas icons like Crockett, Houston, and Austin. The trail is beautifully shaded as it follows the creek, and through the meadows and you might even catch a surprise peek at the deer as they graze.
Bird watchers from across the state and nation are discovering this area as a treasure trove of birdlife because of the diverse forests, available water, and ready food sources. Local trails, gardens and waterways provide ready access to wildlife and the moderate climate makes viewing a year-round activity. Favorite sightings, exclusive to this region of the state, are the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman's Sparrow. To learn more visit, the Pineywoods Audubon Society.
Numerous trails offer activities to suit most any enthusiast. Trails along the creeks on the east and west side of downtown or on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus are dog-friendly and offer a variety of terrain, some following ancient Indian footpaths. Walk, hike, bike or just sit back and take in the natural beauty. Some trails were created with the intermediate rider in mind and feature steep climbs, jumps and more challenging, twisting routes. All trails are dog-friendly but your canine friend must be on a leash.
Discover why Nacogdoches has been designated by the Texas Legislature as the Garden Capital of Texas. From the largest azalea garden in the state to fall foliage and flowering trails that appear at almost every turn, Nacogdoches offers year-round beauty to the casual observer and the most serious gardener alike.
The Garden Capital of Texas offers something for everyone in the way of green spaces. Hike, bike, walk or just sit back and take in the natural beauty at one of Nacogdoches' many parks. With disc golf, volleyball courts, trails and picnic areas, there is something for everyone, even your dog.