ANGELINA COUNTY

Site: Boykin Springs Recreational Area

Location: Texas Highway 63 east from Zavalla for 10.5 miles; turn right (south), on Forest Service Road 313 for 2.5 miles to the Boykin Springs campground.

Owner: U.S. Forest Service, National Forests & Grasslands of Texas,

Features: 5.5 miles of hiking trails through longleaf pine forests and pitcher plant seepage bogs. Endangered and rare species are protected here.

Notes: For more information go to http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/southern/BoykinSprings/index.shtml

HARDIN COUNTY

Site: Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary

Location: 4208 Highway 327 West, Silsbee, Texas 77656 (public entrance)

Owner: The Nature Conservancy

Features: 8.5 miles of hiking trails through longleaf pine forests and associated habitats along Village Creek. Endangered and rare species are protected here. Prescribed burning, chemical and mechanical treatments have been applied.

Notes: Free Admission, open daily. The preserve is noted for its diverse plant life. For more information go to www.nature.org/texas

TYLER COUNTY

Site Name: Big Thicket Bogs & Pineland Preserve

Location: County Road 4770, Warren, Texas (Located in the Lake Hyatt Estates subdivision, off Highway 69/287 North)

Owner: The Nature Conservancy

Features: Longleaf pine forest and pitcher plant herbaceous seepage bogs

Notes: The preserve is closed to the public, but one can see some of the forest acreage from the county roads. Tours can be requested. For more information go to www.nature.org/texas

Site Name: Big Thicket National Preserve-
Big Sandy Trail, Pitcher Plant Trail, Sundew Trail, and the Turkey Creek Trail

Location: See the National Park Service website for specific directions for each trail location

Owner: National Park Service, Big Thicket National Preserve

Features: Upland and wet Longleaf pine forest, pitcher plant bogs and associated forest communities

Notes: Approximately 40 miles of hiking trails wind through Big Thicket National Preserve, allowing hikers to observe many different ecosystems. Trails range from a 0.3-mile boardwalk loop to 15 miles. Go to List of hiking trails in Big Thicket National Preserve

Site: Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve

Location: 527 County Road 4777, Warren, TX 77664 (Located in the Lake Hyatt Estates subdivision, off Highway 69/287 North)

Owner: Watson Preserve Trust

Features: Longleaf pine forest and pitcher plant herbaceous seepage bogs along Lake Hyatt

Notes: This 6- acre private preserve is open to the public. Hiking trails and boardwalks traverse the preserve. There is no fee and access is from sunrise to sunset daily. The site is known its diversity of plant life and uses prescribed burning to promote herbaceous plants including pitcher plants, and orchids. For more information go to www.watsonpreserve.org

Driving directions: The preserve is off of US-69 in Warren, TX. From US-69 turn east on County Road 4770, drive about half a mile to the bridge and then across the dam. At the top of the hill turn left on CR-4777. About a quarter mile on the left is the entrance to the preserve and a parking area. There are no restroom facilities on the preserve