On the right path
Whether you’re committed to daily cardio exercise or you simply enjoy an occasional walk or bike ride in a natural setting, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find several hike and bike trails at SFA, including easy access to the Lanana Creek Trail.
You have even more options in the surrounding community, including beautiful, shaded paths in the Pineywoods, where you just might spot some of the local wildlife.
Hike & Bike at SFA
It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or expert — just follow the signs and you can easily customize the intensity of your workout on our five-mile off-road hike and bike trail. The well-designed path, which shows off the beauty of our campus, draws people from the surrounding community as well as students, staff and faculty.
The SFA Recreational Trails consist of one mile of paved trails and five miles of unpaved multiuse trails. Use of the trails is open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. The trails were originally built with a matching grant provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and SFA. Ongoing maintenance of unpaved trails is provided by volunteers and coordinated by SFA Outdoor Pursuits.
Immerse yourself in lush, natural beauty as you make your way along the paved trails in our gardens, which include the SFA Mast Arboretum, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden (Texas’ largest azalea garden) and the Piney Woods Native Plant Center. The gardens are open from dusk to dawn daily.
SFA Experimental Forest Interpretive Trail System
This setting of mature hardwoods and pines features two separate loops, spanning 2.8 miles. Along the way, you can see some of the most scenic areas of the Experimental Forest, where researchers study wildlife and hardwood trees. The forest is home to 300 species of birds and 80 species of butterflies. Visitors are welcome daily during daylight hours.
Hike & Bike around Nacogdoches
You’ll find a wealth of hike and bike trails in Nacogdoches and the surrounding East Texas Piney Woods.
Trails of Nacogdoches
The trails are open to walkers, runners, hikers and cyclists.
The city recently added about 2 miles of the Lanana Creek Trail to its existing 5.1 miles of recreational trails, which go right by the SFA campus.
The Lanana Creek segment takes you past thickets of paw-paw, dogwood and scarlet-blooming buckeye.
Angelina National Forest, Boykin Springs, Hiking Trail
Davy Crockett National Forest, 4C Trail (Day & Multi-Day Hiking)
This 20-mile-long trail begins at Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area and ends at the Neches Bluff Overlook. The trail is rated “easy” for the south and central sections and becomes more difficult in the north section, which has steeper terrain.
Hiking events and clinics
If you’d enjoy spending a day with other hiking enthusiasts, Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventures, a project sponsored by SFA Gardens in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, hosts special events through the year. Most recently, it organized a family day trip to the hiking trail at Boykin Springs at Angelina National Forest.
If you want to expand your hiking skills, SFA’s Outdoor Pursuits program hosts backpacking and biking clinics with trained guides. Visit the Trips and Clinics page to learn more.