Sawmill Hiking Trail

2.75 Miles
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2stars (2.36)
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Old Saw Mill
Time has taken it's toll. (Photo by CraigS)
Old Saw Mill
More pics of the Old Saw mill (Photo by CraigS)
Vintage Signs
The trail is well marked with modern signage. However this is one of several signs from the past marking the trail. (Photo by CraigS)
Water fall
Another SETx water fall, as small as it may counts also. (Photo by CraigS)
Water fall
Southeast Texas waterfall...not big by comparison to other in Texas...but it's ours. (Photo by CraigS)
Boykin Spring
Some really nice views along the first half of the trail (Photo by CraigS)
Not your normal crossing
There is a trail around this "not suggested" crossing (Photo by CraigS)
Bridge out
One of several ravines where the bridge is out (Photo by CraigS)
Bridge Crossing
One of many bridge crossing along this trail. (Photo by CraigS)
Old Saw Mill
Tucked deep in the piney woods of SETx. A pretty neat building despite the graffiti. (Photo by CraigS)
Boykin Springs
Crossing creek at Boykin Springs trailhead (Photo by Eveline)
Aldridge Sawmill Historic Site
Aldridge Sawmill Historic Site (Photo by Eveline)

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Awesome Hike. Beautiful surroundings.
By Diakeili on 2/23/2017
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Our family went on this hike.  My husband and I are 60 & 59.  Our girls are 16 and 12.  This was our first hiking experience and we are hooked.  Other reviews indicated some issues with bridges being out and fallen trees.  Yes we saw that, but we still made it fine.  I actually think it just added to the experience.  The park was very clean and we'll cared for.  There is some trash that thoughtless people left at the sawmill, but it did not damper our fun.  The most exciting part of the hike was the beautiful creek that you walk next to.  Bubbling clear water, ice cold.  I can't wait to go back!

Boykin Springs to the Old Aldridge Saw Mill
By CraigS on 8/6/2016
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A

This was a great hike along the Boykin Spring Creek. The first half was way more scenic (with SETx style waterfalls) than the second half. Whereas , crossings weren't very difficult, there were places where the bridges were gone and hiking up steep inclines through the water shed tributaries do exist.

The old saw mill has been defaced with grafitti but was still a site worth visiting.

This hike took about 2 hours including stops for photo shoots along the way.


The trails are no longer maintained but we hiked part of the way geocaching.
By beckyhusband on 8/25/2012
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Not a good hike since hurricane Rita hit in 05'
By JHager on 2/4/2006
Rating: 1star Difficulty: 5stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 9 hours
Before hurricane Rita, the Sawmill trial in the Angelina National Forest was probably a beautiful, easy 10 mile hike. Last year (2006), it was serious obstacle course and large sections of the trail had disappeared completely. This was due to severe damage from Hurricane Rita. Hiking this trail since Rita hit leaves you climbing under and over thousands of huge, uprooted trees or crawling up the muddy banks of several creeks. Most of the bridges are destroyed and many areas are just plain unsafe. If you cannot use a compass or at least carry a GPS receiver, you could easily get lost. The worst part was that there was no notice posted at the park warning that the trail is closed (we went in early February 06'). There was also no warning on the web site of the Forest Service. As a matter of fact, the only warning sign we saw at the Angelina National Forest was one indicating that a single road (inside the park) was closed. It stood just beside another side pointing to an alternate trail head. One two-mile section of the Sawmill trail took us 5 hours to get through. The following 5 miles took only 2 hours. If you want to go, give them time to get it cleaned up (maybe some time in late 2007 or 2008). One more thing, there is no cell phone coverage in just about any direction for nearly 20 miles. If your car breaks down inside the park like ours did, you’ll either have to hitch a ride or plan on walking about 25 miles to Jasper. After we returned, I sent an email to the Forest Service and since that time, they have made note on their web site that the Sawmill trail is closed. They should probably indicate the entire area is closed, but some warning is better than nothing.
Great area
By Eveline on 1/22/2005
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A
We started at Boykin Springs and hiked out to Aldridge Sawmill Historic Site and back.
Great walk, Beautiful area
By tylersleo on 1/17/2005
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: 2 minutes
This forest is beautiful, We did the Sawmill trail, which is being redone because of one of the huricanes.
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