East Texas has done it again. Another little treasure pocketed inside a national forest sits like a quiet oasis awaiting the arrival of those who dare to take the venture to it. But don't write off Boykin Springs Recreation Area as just another natural spring on your list of ones to visit yet.

Located in the Angelina National Forest, there's no shortage of things to explore here. You can hike the 5.5-mile-long Sawmill Hiking Trail to Bouton Lake, hammock in the longleaf pine savanna, frolick through some wildflowers, have a picnic with the most amazing views and find the Boykin Spring Lake.

The park defines their peak season as January 1 through Decemeber 31. Big flex. But we totally agree.

The lake is one of vistors favorite spots. You can swim, wade, and rope swinging into it. With a mini cascading waterfall in the lake, this spot offers a relaxing way to get in touch with nature.

And when you're all wiped out from the lake, hang up your Eno in the stunning forest that will make you feel like you're in the Hundred Acre Woods and take a rejuvenating siesta like Winnie-The-Pooh.

The vast ecosystem here is nothing but impressive. From Blue Curls to Rough Leaf Sunflowers, there are always new flowers finding their home here.

A day pass into the park will only cost you $3. And for $25, you can get a camping permit—because honestly, you won't want to leave this place.

But like Pooh says—how lucky we are to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

Boykin Spring Lake

Price: $3 for day admission

Address: 111 Walnut Hill Rd, Jasper, TX 75951

Why you should go: It's a natural swimming hole with hiking, camping spots, a stunning forest, and wildflowers.


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