East Texas

The EasTex 450 is a meandering dual sport loop that circles Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and San Augustine.  It passes through the Angelina, Sabine, and Davy Crockett National Forests and visits Toledo Bend Reservoir and Lake Sam Rayburn.

Check the map for the Dispatch crew’s favorite gas stops and restaurants.  Be sure to try the onion-rings at The Stump near Lake Sam Rayburn.

 

East Texas road surfaces change with weather and recent traffic

Distance: ~450 miles

Time: 2-3 days

Best time of year: October through March

Watch out for: mud and deep sand, road conditions can change quickly with precipitation

Popular staring point: Rusk, KOA from Dallas and points North.  Livingston if coming from Houston or points South.

Recommended gas range: 80 miles

Favorite lodging choice: Rusk, KOA. Multiple options to camp or reserve cabins or hotels.

Favorite food & gas stop(s): The Stump, Brookshire Brothers Express

Route Character: 65% graded dirt, 5% two track, 30% pavement

Alternate routes: shortcut with pavement cutoffs or extend the ride into Western Louisiana

 

Route Examples – ETX 350/450 Highlights

Pine needles and dirt

Wooden bridges dot the route

Curvy rural pavement

Photos: Richard, Video: Cody