Brookeland Things to Do
Rent a boat at the marina or bring your own and fish, swim and ski on the 50 mile long lake. Play golf on the immaculate 27 hole course. Hike the forest trails or canoe the nearby rivers.
The best the outdoors has to offer is waiting for you at Rayburn Country. Here, you'll find an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones and Jay Reviere, and a nine-hole course designed by Bob Van Hagge as well as a putting green and a 300-yard driving range. Four championship, all-weather tennis courts are on site and lighted for night play. Water lovers will enjoy Sam Rayburn Lake, which offers 560 miles of shoreline. An outdoor pool and a playground along with volleyball, badminton, shuffleboard, and miniature golf are available but are subject to seasonal operations.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
(1) Catfish Cabin(
2) Rayburn Country Resort and Club dining room
Both of these restaurants have reasonable prices. The Catfish Cabin is an extremely informal log building where the tables contain bowls of roasted peanuts in the shell. Diners are invited to throw the peanut shells on the floor.
Rayburn Country dining ambience is more upscale, more nearly approaching what passes for elegance in East Texas.
Favorite Dish: (1) Grilled catfish, shrimp and oysters; excellent hush-puppies
(2) Fried chicken, fried catfish, crawfish platter(in season), steaks in dining rooom; burgers, etc. in Mulligan's Bar & Grill
Mulligan's Bar at Rayburn Country is almost the only game in town. And then there is The Stump Restaurant and Club at Piney Point.
Mulligan's is a cozy upscale bar overlooking the golf course. Occasional live entertainment, maybe one or two Saturday nights each month and on holiday evenings. The Stump also has a fairly nice club that caters more to the fishing crowd.
Dress Code: Both spots are informal, many of Mulligan's patrons are golfers but also the locals and resort guests relax here, wearing anything from Polo shirts and Dockers to slacks and sportcoats - but very few neckties.
Brookeland is on US 96 about 85 miles north of IH-10 at Beaumont, Texas and about 100 miles south of the intersection of US-59 with IH-20(which is about 25 miles east of Longview). [Click on 'all lewade Brookeland Transportation(2)' above for more detailed instructions and a map.]
Automobile, bicycle, or walk. Its a mile or so to Mill Creek Park on the the lake and seven miles to Rayburn Country Resort. The picture is of my wife, Pat, daughter-in-law, Cami, son, David and granddaughter, Elise, hiking on the Trail Between the Lakes.
To Rayburn Country From....
Dallas - Take I 20 to 69 South (Tyler Exit) and continue on 69 South through Lufkin to Zavalla: At Zavalla take 63 for about 15 miles to RR Hwy 255; left on 255 across Lake Sam Rayburn Dam to FM 1007, left on FM 1007 for ¾ mile; right on Wingate Blvd; Proceed 1½ blocks to the reception center.
Houston - Take 59 North to Livingston. Go right on 190 to Jasper, then North on Hwy 96 for 9 miles to RR Hwy 255; left on 255 for 3 miles: right on FM 1007 for ¾ mile, right on Wingate Blvd. Proceed 1½ blocks to the reception center.
Beaumont - Take 96 North 9 miles past Jasper: left to RR Hwy 255 for 3 miles to FM 1007, right on FM 1007 for ¾ mile; right onto Wingate Blvd. Proceed 1½ blocks to the reception center.
Alexandria - Take 28 West to Leesville, then take 63 West to Jasper. Go North on 96 for 9 miles to 255. West on 255 for 3 miles to FM 1007, right on FM 1007 for ¾ of a mile; right off of FM 1007 onto Wingate Blvd. Proceed 1½ blocks to the reception center
Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette - Take 10 West to Orange, TX. Go North on 62 to Buna, then North on 96 to Jasper for 9 miles to 255 for 3 miles to FM 1007 , right on FM 1007 for ¾ of a mile; right off of FM 1007 onto Wingate Blvd. Proceed 1½ blocks to the reception center
Shreveport - Take 79 South West to Carthage, then go South on 59 to Tenaha to 96 South. Take 96 South to FM 1007, right on FM 1007 for 3 miles; left onto Wingate Blvd. Proceed 1½ blocks to the reception center.
Baton Rouge--228m Alexandria--112m
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Brookeland Off The Beaten Path
The Trail Between the Lakes is a trail through the Sabine National Forest which connects the Lakeview NF campground on Toledo Bend Lake with Lake Sam Rayburn at US Highway 96 about 3 miles north of Brookeland.
Its a nice moderate trail through the forest for the entire 28 mile hike. See mixed-pine-hardwood forest with towering pines, glorius beeches, mighty oaks and magnificent magnolias. If you are quiet and observant you will see deer, squirrels, armadillos, hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and an occasional wild turkey. Not to mention a few buzzards waiting for you to drop!
There are several forested glens suitable for backpacker camping every few miles along the trail. And you seldom have to walk more than two or three miles before crossing a road where you can park a vehicle to take you back if you don't have the time or inclination to back-track or to hike all 28 miles in one episode.
Here is Elise with some toadstools she found on the trail.
The trail was constructed and is maintained by the Golden Triangle Group of the Sierra Club organization. You can see their web page at http://texas.sierraclub.org/triangle/index.html