Boykin Springs, Angelina National Forest, Zavalla, Texas


Posted: June 10, 2013

Category: Texas, View All

Angelina National Forest
Zavalla, TX
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Located in the Angelina National forest. Multiple pipes with flowing spring
water which creates a nice little creek. a few of the springs are
bubbling up through some rocks, some are falling from 6-8 feet… it’s
one of the coolest springs I’ve been to in East
Texas. There’s a little 9 acre fishing lake included in the park (no
motor boats allowed) as well as a pavilion and neat little sluice-way
and stepping stone bridges made with rocks. 200 miles of hiking trails,
85 miles of ATV off-road trails, 145 miles of horse trails, 11 miles of
bicycle trails. Campground can hold 74 people. There are some really
nice campsites. Some of the sites are group sites and some are kinda
secluded with their own little spring caps!
it’s a really nice campsite. I think everyone who uses it really helps
keep it picked up and looking good. Always met really nice people out
here. Not a very busy place, usually only a few people around. The spring tastes a bit like sulfur.

Camping – $6 per campsite per night (includes parking for up to 2 vehicles)
Shelter Rental – $25 per day (reserve at Day Use – FREE

24/7 public access

From Zavalla, travel east on Highway 63 for 10½ miles; turn right
(south) on Forest Service Road 313 for 2½ miles to the campground.


  1. Chase says:

    Gonna make the trip over there from Houston tomorrow – talked to a ranger on the phone who wasn’t too helpful – Me: “So I’m looking at you all’s site and there’s a picture of three pipes with spring water coming out, is there a place on the park map where that is?” Ranger: “No.”

    So I already got a bad feeling about this place but will try it out and report back later.

  2. Chase says:

    It’s flowing so much but the sulfur smell/taste is just a little too much. I drank a big glass and felt okay, but wouldn’t recommend drinking it as your main source of water. TDS was 50.

  3. Chade says:

    I camped here in the late 60’s & loved it. I moved back to Texas in 1993 and always wanted to go back. I took the 28′ Motorhome & 4×4 back in the early 2000’s & tent camping in the middle 2000’s. I love this place & want to go back again. The grounds were destroyed by the 3 back to back hurricanes. I called several times only to find it closed. I am glad to hear it is open again. Thanks for the information Chase! On previous trips the water was cold and kind of sweet. It is possible that all of the old growth loblolly pines hitting the ground during the hurricanes may have jarred some sulfur loose in and around the aquifer.

  4. Carol Dickinson says:

    Is this like an artesian well… where you could take some of the water in a glass jug… or is this just a pond?

  5. Everything is very open with a preecise clarification of the challenges.It
    was truly informative. Your website is useful. Thanks foor sharing!

  6. Brooke says:

    Anyone been here lately??

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