Retire In Lufkin

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image description Loving the Outdoors

How do you truly live when you’re retired? You take it outdoors! Just ask John Havard. The former big city non-profit executive gave up board meetings and bumper-to-bumper traffic to get in the green. He’s become a regular at both the golf course and the ballpark!

When John and his wife moved to Lufkin in 2008, he made a commitment to improve his golf game. John plays golf two or three days each week at Crown Colony Country Club. It’s his way of staying fit and getting into the swing of things in his new town. “I didn’t have much time for golf when I was working nor did I have the income to join a premier club. Now, I am able to enjoy both. I never dreamed I could belong to a club that’s ranked in the state’s top ten. Plus the folks I meet treat me like I’m a long lost friend instead of a newcomer.”

When John’s not on the links, he and his wife Sissy are in the stands watching an Angelina College sporting event. John laughs, “We call this cheap entertainment. The ballpark’s just five minutes from our house. It doesn’t get any better than this!”

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Big Sam Means Big Bass!

You can reel in a real good time just minutes from Lufkin on Lake Sam Rayburn. Built for flood control and hydroelectric power generation, Big Sam is a sportsman’s paradise. Just minutes from Lufkin near Zavalla is Cassels - Boykin Park. Its great boat ramps, ample trailer parking and beautiful hilltop pavilion offer easy access to the mid-lake area. Largemouth bass are in big supply due to the flooded timber, lily pads, channels and drop-offs near the Park. Enjoy an afternoon or a whole weekend!

Birds of a Feather

Grab your binoculars and checklist! Nearly 300 bird species have been sighted in Angelina County. Regularly reported birds include:

  • Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
  • Bachman’s Sparrow
  • Brown-Headed Nuthatch
  • Henslow’s Sparrow

Make a day of it! A brochure and seasonal checklist of birds in the area is available. The Pineywoods Audubon Society can guide you in your avian adventures.

Paddler’s Paradise

Love to canoe or kayak? Want to give it a try? Pick up your paddles and head to the water! The scenic Neches River offers a state-recognized paddling trail that skirts the Davy Crockett National Forest. In June each year it’s also host to the Neches River Rendezvous float trip that’s fun for all ages.

Lake Sam Rayburn is just west of Lufkin. Its nooks and crannies add up to hours of exploring and wildlife watching. So get ready to welcome nature! It’s right out your back door.

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Into the Woods

Blazing a trail through the woods isn’t hard at all in Angelina County. The Azalea Trail in the center of town offers a 1.9 mile loop and if going further afield suits your fancy, try the hike and bike trail at Kit McConnico Park or the forest trails at nearby Ratcliff State Park. If you want to stay close to home, neighborhood strolls wind you through tree-lined streets where you’re apt to run into a friend.

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