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Lumberjacks are happy campers

If you’d like to get away for a night or two and take in the gorgeous natural settings surrounding our campus, you’ll find plenty of great camping spots in the Nacogdoches area.

When you camp around here, you have access to lush forested areas, hike and bike trails, lakes and rivers and all sorts of recreational sites. Remember to always follow Leave No Trace principles while participating in outdoor recreation.

Area campgrounds

Whether you prefer “roughing it” in a tent or the comforts of home in a recreational vehicle, there are area campgrounds with plenty of convenient options available.

Davy Crockett National Forest, Ratcliff Lake

Ratcliff Lake includes a large campground, picnic areas, an amphitheater, a swim area and many outdoor recreation opportunities.

  • Tent or trailer campsites available
  • Surrounds a 45-acre lake
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Four C National Recreational Trail (20 miles)
  • Seasonal boat and canoe rental
  • Drinking water
  • Bathrooms and showers

Angelina National Forest, Boykin Springs

Boykin Creek and Boykin Springs Lake pass through the Angelina National Forest, and the Sam Rayburn Reservoir is nearby. You also have easy access to the Sawmill Trail, which winds through the forest to the Neches River and the Aldridge Sawmill Historical Site.

  • Tent or trailer campsites available
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Picnic shelter for up to 74 people (by rental)
  • Drinking water
  • Bathrooms and showers

Angelina National Forest, Caney Creek

At Caney Creek, you'll find boat access and primitive camp sites. This is a “pack-it-in/pack-it-out” site. It doesn’t provide trash service or water.

  • Tent or trailer campsites available
  • Boat ramp
  • Vault toilets

Clinics and equipment rentals

If you’re interested in getting a bit more adventurous, or expanding your camping skills, SFA’s Outdoor Pursuits program offers trips throughout the year that can help you do both.

If you’d like to go camping, but you’re not ready to invest in equipment, don’t let that stop you from experiencing the resources this area has to offer. Outdoor Pursuits offers equipment rentals from tents, sleeping bags and stoves to backpacks and mountain bikes.

Outdoor Pursuits



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Physical Address:
Student Recreation Center
1817 Wilson Drive

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13016, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962