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Rural Interstates, Highways, and Roads in the Piney Woods Region

Of course, the big freeways are in the big cities. But any true road enthusiast also likes to take a look at the rural roads and the surrounding landscape. I'll slowly add photos to this section
The Piney Woods Region includes the following counties:
Anderson Leon Rusk
Angelina Liberty Sabine
Bowie Lipshur San Augustine
Camp Madison San Jacinto
Cass Marion Shelby
Cherokee Montgomery Smith
Gregg Morris Titus
Hardin Nacagdoches Trinity
Harrison Newton Tyler
Houston Panola Walker
Jasper Polk Wood

Features of the Piney Woods Region

Topography and
Major Cities / Rainfall / Elevation

Common & Rare

Common & Rare

Size: 23,500

Av. Rainfall: 36-50 in./yr

Rolling terrain covered with pines and oaks, and rich bottomlands with tall hardwoods, characterize the forests of the east Texas Pinewoods. This region is part of a much larger area of pine-hardwood forest that extends into Louisianna, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

The average annual rainfall of 36 to 50 inches is fairly uniformly distributed throughout the year, and humidity and temperatures are typically high. The soils of the region are generally acidic and mostly pale to dark gray sands or sandy loams. Elevations range from 200 to 500 feet above sea level.

the Pineywoods region can be described as pine and pine-hardwood forests with scattered areas of cropland, planted pastures, and native pastures. Timber and cattle production are important industries in the region. Farms and ranches are relatively small in size compared to the state average.

Longleaf pine forests once dominated the southeastern part of the Pineywoods. A few pockets of longleaf pine may still be seen today. Mixed pine-oak forests occur to the west and north of the longleaf pine area. Dominant trees include loblolly pine, blackjack oak, and post oak. Hardwood forests of sweetgum, magnolia, tupelo, elm and ash occur in the lowlands. Swamps are common and are outstanding in the southern part of the pine-oak forest.

Alto-42.78 in / 433 ft

Atlanta-47.01 in / 264 ft

Canton-37.35 in / 540 ft

Carthage-48.04 in / 302 ft

Jacksonville-43.89 in / 516 ft

Longview-47.27 in / 339 ft

Marshall-47.65 in / 375 ft

Nacogdoches-41.8 in / 283 ft

San Augustine-48.70 in / 304 ft

Texarkana-57.43 in / 325 ft

Tyler-39.94 in / 558 ft

Winnsboro-41.98 in / 533 ft

Woodville-51.15 in / 232 ft


Pine, oak, and other hardwood forests

Red maple
American beech
White ash
Southern red oak
Water oak
Red mulberry
Eastern redbud
Flowering dogwood
Southern magnolia
Eastern red cedar
Long-leaf pine
Bald cypress
American beautyberry
Loblolly pine

Rare Plants and Habitat
Texas trailing phlox:
Deep sandy soils of long-leaf pine woodlands

White bladderpod:
Natural openings of pine-oak woodlands

Southern short-tailed shrew
Seminole bat
Virginia opossum
Rafinesque's big-eared bat
Eastern cottontail
Common gray fox
Striped skunk
white-tailed deer
Swamp rabbit
Eastern gray sqirrel
Eastern flying squirrel
Bull Frog
Attwater's pocket gopher
Marsh rice rat
Eastern harvest mouse
Cotton mouse
Prairie vole
River otter

Rare Animals and Habitat
Red-cockaded woodpecker:
Pinewoods with widely-spaced, large mature pine trees.

Bald Eagle, breeding:In Texas, along river systems or lakeshores with large, tall trees. Breeding populations occur in the eastern half of Texas.

Wintering: Mostly near large lakes and reservoirs. Wintering eagles occur in suitable habitat throughout Texas.

"Features" information from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

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