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Quality of Life

Public Parks

The Park Maintenance Department is responsible for maintenance and operations of 16 City of Lufkin parks, 1 trail, two community centers, two swimming pools, three Spray Plays, one recreation center, and other public areas.

Lufkin Parks
Azalea Trail Four Seasons Mantooth
Brandon Herty Morris Frank
Bronaugh Jones Richardson
Gamble Kit McConnico Ward Street
Chambers Kiwanis Winston
Ellen Trout Lufkin Land  

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Just minutes away from Lufkin rests the largest body of water wholly within the State of Texas – Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Covering 114,500 acres at normal capacity, Sam Rayburn is the most popular recreation area in the piney woods of East Texas. The reservoir was originally named McGee Bend until President Lyndon B. Johnson renamed the lake after Speaker of the House and dear friend Sam Rayburn. Today, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is one of the top five bass fisheries in the United States, with the record for largemouth bass at 16.5 pounds. It has been featured in many fishing magazines including Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Texas Fish & Game, Texas Monthly, Southern Living, and more.

With more boat ramps available than anywhere else in Texas, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is easily accessible. Whether you desire the perfect fishing spot, relaxing sailing, a safe place to water ski or even scuba dive, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the ultimate getaway. Other pastimes such as camping, hiking, and bird watching are just a few steps away in the beautiful Angelina National Forest.

Public and Private Golf Courses

Crown Colony Country Club
900 Crown Colony, Lufkin
(936) 634-4927

This 18-hole golf course is currently the #9 ranked 18-hole championship golf course in the State of Texas, as selected by the Dallas Morning News. The golf course was designed by Bob Von Hagge and golfing great Bruce Devlin, and challenging is considered an understatement. The course is shaded by towering East Texas pine trees and has four different tee settings that make playing golf at Crown Colony a relaxing and diversified experience.

Lufkin Country Club
1624 Sayers, Lufkin
(936) 639-3664

Neches Pines Golf Course
Lumberjack Drive, Diboll
(936) 829-5086
The 18-hole "Neches Pines" course at the Neches Pines Golf Course facility in Diboll, Texas features 7,014 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.9 and it has a slope rating of 133. Neches Pines golf course opened in 1970.

Woodland Hills Golf Course
359 CR 5021, Nacogdoches
(936) 564-2762
This very scenic course features a New England atmosphere. The signature hole is #8, a 395-yard, par 4, nicknamed "Cardiac Hill," featuring a tri-level fairway that requires a strenuous walk to reach the green at the top of the hill.

Public Walking, Hiking, and Cycling Trails

Lufkin's Azalea Trail is a 1.9 mile nature trail that runs from Grace Dunne Richardson Park to Kiwanis Park. The trail is limited to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and has an improved surface. The trail offers benches for enjoying nature along the way. There are scores of native plants to enjoy and there are small gardens of Azaleas and ornamental grasses that have been planted and are maintained by the City of Lufkin Parks and Recreation Department. The trail has security lighting along its entire length and there are call boxes located at strategic points along the trail for any emergencies.

The Urban Wildscape Trail is located within the city of Lufkin, the trail takes you through 3.5 acres of mixed pine-hardwood forest common in East Texas. Native species are identified along the trail and an interpretive brochure which points out the historic significance of tree species along the way is available inside the Texas Forestry Museum.

The barrier-free portion of the trail is 0.12 miles and is located at the trailhead where easy access parking is available. The remainder of the trail is broken into two chip-lined loops, totaling 0.58 miles. The trail contains three bridges, and outdoor classroom, bird blind, bat house, several birdhouses and bird feeders, The trail is located just inside Loop 287 in Lufkin, at 1905 Atkinson Drive (hwy. 103 East), behind the Texas Forestry Museum. The trail is open during daylight hours.

The Angelina College Forest Fitness Trail is an overall one-mile loop (0.93 miles) can be used as a fitness/walking trail or can be enjoyed at a slower pace as an arboretum where more than 50 different native trees and plants are identified. This beautiful area has been left as natural and undisturbed as possible and contains a number of large, bottomland hardwoods. The trail begins on the hill behind the Angelina College Activity Center (in Lufkin, Texas) and descends to Hurricane Creek on the undeveloped west side of the campus.

Fitness Centers
Fit & Firm
1508 South Chestnut Street, Lufkin
(936) 632-3022
Livewell Athletic Club
1616 Tulane Drive, Lufkin
(936) 639-5483
Ultrafit Gym & Fitness Center
124 W. Burke Avenue, Lufkin
(936) 639-3539

Senior and/or Community Centers

Angelina County Senior Citizens Center
2801 Valley Drive, Lufkin
(936) 634-4179

Indoor Mini Golf
6913 Highway 69 South, Lufkin
(936) 824-2224
Lufkin Mall 9 Cinema
4600 South Medford Drive, Lufkin
(936) 637-3707
Lufkin Lanes Bowling Alley
909 South Chestnut Street, Lufkin
(936) 632-5656
Starplex Cinema 12
109 Miles Way, Lufkin
(936) 639-4444
Skate Ranch
5012 Lotus Lane, Lufkin
(936) 634-4001
Temple Theater Box Office
Angelina College Campus, Lufkin
(936) 633-545


Shopping in Lufkin

Lufkin is a Main Street City with many shopping opportunities, including a number of antique shops and specialty stores throughout the downtown area. Downtown saw many improvements in 2006, including the completion of a construction project to enhance parking, sidewalks and streets. Construction also began on a new transit terminal and parking facility for downtown Lufkin.

Other popular shopping areas in Lufkin include stores located at the Angelina Village, Chestnut Village, Gaslight Square, Old Texas Plaza, Towne Square, and the Palms Shopping Center. We saw Rue 21, Tractor Supply, and Tuesday Morning join the ranks of an already established retail sector. With the opening of PetSmart, Marble Slab and Starplex Cinemas 12, Lufkin continues to maintain its status as a regional shopping and entertainment area. Lufkin Mall also brought new retail businesses to town, as we saw the addition of Hot Topic, Didough Pretzel Company, Kay Jewelers, and Great American Cookie Company, as well as the expansion of Lufkin Mall 9 cinema.

Our Shopping Areas Include:

  • Downtown Lufkin
  • Lufkin Mall
  • Angelina Village
  • Brentwood Crossing
  • Chestnut Village
  • Gaslight Square
  • Old Texas Plaza
  • South Loop Crossing
  • Towne Square
  • Palms Shopping Center
  • Garden District Shopping Village