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Four C Hiking Trail

photo: The ruins of the Four C Mill, a former sawmill, in Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Houston County, Texas. Photo by Larry D. Moore.

Length: 20.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rural forested hiking
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $3.00

Allowed Uses:

Camping
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Davy Crockett National Forest
State(s): Texas
Counties: Houston
Longitude: -95.1533
Latitude: 31.384

Driving Directions

From Crockett, TX, take State Hwy 7 East for 20 miles to Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area. The Four-C trail head is located inside the recreation area.

Description

The trail not only passes through several distinct vegetation communities, but the entire landscape surrounding the trail is a vast cultural resource. The 4-C NRT is named for the Central Coal & Coke Company, which logged virgin timber from the region in the early 1920s. The Civilian Conservation Corps planted the trees that are now the forest surrounding the trail.

The southern trailhead for the trail is at Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area. Ratcliff Lake was the log pond for the sawmill operations of the Central Coal & Coke Company. Much of the 4-C NRT travels along abandoned railroad tramways once used to transport lumber.

The 4-C NRT passes through pine stands, bottomland hardwoods, sloughs and upland forests, as well as the 3,900-acre Big Slough Wilderness Area, one of only five National Wilderness Areas in East Texas. The first _-mile of the 4-C NRT has been developed to be wheelchair accessible.

At twenty miles, the 4-C NRT offers visitors hiking experiences in a diversity of environments, and lends itself well to hiking either in sections, as a one-way, 20-mile (two day) trip or a two-way, 40-mile (four day) backpacking trip. The 4-C NRT is one of only a handful of trails in East Texas of substantial length, i.e. greater than 3 - 4 miles.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 325
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: USFS Trail Map
Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Merlinda Schory
District Ranger
Davy Crockett National Forest
Route 1, Box 55FS
Kennard , TX 75847
(936) 655-2299
mschory@fs.fed.us

 

Photos

The ruins of the Four C Mill, a former sawmill, in Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Houston County, Texas. Photo by Larry D. Moore.

The ruins of the Four C Mill, a former sawmill, in Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Houston County, Texas. Photo by Larry D. Moore.

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