Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Back Porch to the Texas Forest Country

Crockett, Texas has been called the Back Porch to the Texas Forest Country. We are blessed to have a good portion of the Davy Crockett National Forest right in our backyard, and for marketing reasons, what was formerly called Deep East Texas has been renamed the Texas Forest Country. So, put that together and you find yourself smack dab in the middle of some of the most beautiful forest anywhere in the country!

The Davy Crockett National Forest is about 160,000 acres of beautiful East Texas forest, streams, woodlands and wildlife habitat. Approximately 90,000 of those pristine acres are actually located in Houston County, less than 20 miles east of Crockett. How long has it been since you've visited the National Forest, especially Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area? Well pardner, that's too long!

Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, within the Davy Crockett, still offers hiking, camping, swimming, paddle boat riding, fishing, picnicking and just general good fun. They have a concession stand/snack bar that serves a delicious burger basket among other things. Why not make Ratcliff Lake a lunch stop some time? Grab your sweetie and go on a picnic lunch date, under the tall pine trees of your own National Forest. How's that for a unique setting?

When you have friends and family come for a visit, take them to the Davy Crockett National Forest. Go for a leisurely ride through Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area. Ratcliff Lake was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. which years ago, employed many men (and probably some of your kinfolk) from this county. It's worth seeing and there have been many improvements in the last couple of years-the roads have been repaved, new restroom facilities, as well as a remodeling of the bath house. I know firsthand the Forest Service personnel are working hard to provide a wonderful experience to those that visit the National Forest.

I know it's getting to be too hot to do too much out of doors in East Texas, but Ratcliff Lake and the Davy Crockett National Forest are a must see. Just one more reason that I Love Crockett, Texas!

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