Texas has five magnificent state
forests,each one is carefully and lovingly managed by the
Texas Forest Service which is a part of Texas A&M
State forests are
important to us all, because they are permanent wildlife
refuges; thus, hunting is prohibited. However, Fishing is
permitted in certain designated areas. In other words
they are their for the plants and animals to prosper and
flourish in their natural surroundings.
Because of possible damage
to the natural ecosystem from people, no overnight
camping is permitted in any state forest.
More detailed information
about forestry is available from the district foresters
Service headquarters at A&M University at College
The Forest Service
operates an Indian Mound Tree Nursery on Texas 21, near
Alto, which provides an astounding 25 million
seedlings annually to private landowners for
reforestation of their land.
Below is a list of our State Forests.
Fairchild State Forest -
Named for the former State
Senator I. D. Fairchild of Lufkin; this forest has over 2,740 acres
in five tracts -the largest of these is located 13 miles
west of Rusk along U.S. 84.
An interesting bit of
trivia about this forest is that it was originally owned by
the Texas State Prison System.
Most of this area was
first logged over in 1909 -1910. Small day-use area with
fishing, hiking, picnicking in main tract one-quarter
mile south of U.S. 84.
Jones State Forest -
This forest was purchased
in 1926 and named after the founder of the Texas Forestry
Association, W. Goodrich Jones;
A stunning area of some
1,725 acres make up the area 5 miles south of Conroe.
this forest was first logged in 1892. In 1923 a huge
devastating fire burned over the entire scenic area.
The forest (like nature usually does) recovered and today this wonderful
landscape is the nesting site of the endangered and rare
A must do activity at this
forest is the wonderful self-guided nature trail of
interpretive forestry. this trail is located near the
northwest corner of the forest. Also check out the small
pond near the district headquarters which features picnic
grills, picnic sites and rest rooms.
Kirby State Forest -
This Texas State Forest
was donated in 1929 by John Henry Kirby, a pioneer
This awesome landscape
features a 600-acre area. picnicking facilities are
Located 14 miles south of
Woodville off U.S. 287;
Masterson State Forest -
Donated in 1985 by Leonora Masterson in honor of her husband Paul
519 acres 3 miles
southeast of Buna on F.M. 2938
Be aware that this forest is hard
to get to and is not shown on most highway maps! Also their are No public facilities provided.
Siecke Rate Forest -
1,722-acre forest is named
Siecke, who was a
Texas State Forester from 1918-1942.
The main tract is located
5 miles southeast of Kirbyville via U.S. 96 and F.M. 82.
There is also a 100-acre adjunct a mile west.
Light fishing is permitted
in a small pond near the entrance to the forest district
headquarters and also in Trout Creek. Some activities for
us people include: swimming, picnic shelters and
fireplaces along the creek
Open year round.
out our Guide to Texas Outside for more information on our State
parks and forests.