While the architecture of Texas cities are marvelous, it has become nearly impossible to get lost deep in their remaining suburban forests without encountering a rumbling highway within five minutes into your venture. But not all hope is lost and the Lorax hasn't pulled all of his hair out yet, there still remains a few hidden gems in this state like the Davy Crockett Forest in East Texas.

Located about 2 hours north of Houston, 2.7 hours southeast of Dallas, and about 3.2 hours northeast of Austin, it makes for an easy day trip for Texans wanting a true break from the city.

Davy Crockett Forest has more than 160,000 acres of forests, trails, a swimming beach, bathhouse, boating, fishing, an amphitheater, and a surrounding 45-acre lake.

If you start your journey at Ratcliffe lake, you can embark on the 20-mile-long Four C National Recreation Trail that weaves through the piney skyscrapers.

Along your upland forest journey, instead of coming across the beautiful interstate, you'll find spots like the Walnut Creek Campsite and the Neches Bluff Overlook that gives you a panoramic view of the forest.

There's no shortage of things to do here. You can even take a boating ride through the light-dripping forest, and stop to hang your hammocks and enjoy the sounds of nature.

There is also the Piney Creek Horse Trail with more than 50 miles of developed horse trails. Come expecting to meet lots of wildlife like deer, quail, doves, turkeys, and waterfowls.

Just don't go making anything of the Lorax's trees, he's an angry little man and he'll give you a very sad, sad backwards glance.

Davy Crockett National Forest

Price: $3

Address: 18551 Texas 7, Kennard, TX 75847

Why you should go: If not for the trees, for the swimming beach, boating, camping, nature-appreciating!


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