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The 2¾-mile Sawmill Hiking Trail connects Boykin Springs Recreation Area to the Aldridge Sawmill Historic site. The trail was constructed through cooperative efforts with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 140, U.S. Forest Service and Temple-Inland Forest Products Corporation.
Directions:Boykin Springs Trailhead – From Zavalla, follow Highway 63 for 11 miles; turn right (south) on Forest Road 313 for 2½ miles to Boykin Springs Recreation Area and follow signs.
Level of difficulty – moderate
Archeological sites document the evidence of man’s presence as far back as 12,000 years in what is now the Angelina National Forest.
Of more recent vintage is the Aldridge Sawmill and town site on a spur of the Sawmill Hiking Trail south of Boykin Springs Recreation Area.
The Aldridge Sawmill was built in 1905 and by 1911, there were 76 buildings at Aldridge including houses, a warehouse, hotel, company store, and company offices. In 1918, the mill was sold to Kirby Lumber Company and continued to run on a limited basis until 1923 when it was closed.
The last of the township was abandoned in 1927, and the site was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service in 1935. Although the town’s buildings and homes are gone, the shells of the four concrete mill buildings, various concrete foundations, the mill pond and portions of the old railroad tram still remain.
Hikers are welcome, but due to archeological concerns, off-road vehicles and horses are not allowed in the area.
As a structure listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, no digging, collecting of artifacts, use of metal detectors, damaging or defacing of the site is allowed.
The Sawmill Hiking Trail follows along the abandoned tramway.
- Trail Measurement: 2.75 Miles
- Compass Latitude: 310237N
- Compass Longitude: 0941719W
- Numeric Latitude: 31.0435284
- Numeric Longitude: -94.2885305
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