Piney Woods

By: Keagan Terry

Outdoor Activities

There are many outdoor activities in the piney woods. These include:

- hiking

- camping

- hunting

- horseback riding

- fishing

- canoeing

- swimming

Sight seeing

There are many places to see in the piney woods, here are a few:

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Lake Sam Rayburn
  • Nacogdoches

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National and state parks

There are four national parks and five state parks in the piney woods. Here are just a few

to see:

  • Tyler State Park
  • Caddo Lake State Park
  • Lake Livingston State Park
  • Angelina National Forest
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This photo was taken in Angelina National Forest

Bodies of water

There are many lakes throughout the piney woods, but there are few rivers. These are just a few:


  • Mississippi River
  • Caddo Lake
  • Lake Livingston
  • Sabine Lake
  • Espantosa Lake
  • Lost Lake a.k.a. Hidden Lake

Historical places

The piney woods has lots of history and historical places, some are:

  • Nacogdoches
  • Angelina
  • Huntsville
  • Longview

Historical background

The caddo Indians lived in the piney woods for thousands of years. They built earth mounds as homes, graves and temples that can still be found in the Caddoan Mound State Historical Park. Much later, settlers from all over the world called the piney woods home too.

Nacogdoches, one of the oldest cities in Texas is located in the piney woods. It was named after a group of caddo Indians who lived in the area. Many historians believe that the Texas Revolution was started in Nacogdoches.