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
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.
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