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A well-maintained trail winding through the Davy Crockett National Forest.


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20.1

Miles

32.4

KM

Point to Point

368' 112 m

High

204' 62 m

Low

576' 175 m

Up

585' 178 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

The Four C Trail is a 20 mile trail that connects between the Neches Bluff overlook and Ratcliff Lake Recreation area. The trail meanders through the Davy Crockett National Forest amongst the tall pine trees of East Texas.

If embarking on this whole trail in one go, keep in mind that there is no potable water along the trail. Luckily, there are several locations to cache along the way! The trails are in good condition and all of the bridges have signs of recent repairs from the 2015 spring floods. The path is well defined and winds through several striking pine groves as well as passing through the Big Slough Wilderness Area, which has many large and beautiful oak trees.

There is a permanent open shelter at Walnut Creek camp as well as a few tent pads and fire ring. This is a great place for camping or simply stopping for a break along the way.

This trail was named for the Central Coal and Coke Company, which logged timber in the area, the Four C Trail follows some abandoned tramways built by that company. The sawmill was located at Ratcliff Lake, which served as a log pond. The area around the trail is a forest that grew after logging operations ended in the early 1920s.

Flora & Fauna

The trail is dominated by old and new growth pine groves and many large oak trees.

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Travis Longino

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#146

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Many bridges on the 4C National Recreation Trail pass small ponds.
Mar 3, 2017 near Alto, TX
Navigate a swampy area on the 4C Trail via this long bridge.
Mar 3, 2017 near Alto, TX
Pine trees are abundant on the 4C trail.
Mar 3, 2017 near Alto, TX
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Apr 12, 2023
Chris Segesman
a few difficult stretches to follow on the northern section due to overgrowth, flooding, or both 24.5mi — 11h 30m
Feb 21, 2022
Avini V
Sep 1, 2018
Almir Mesic
Dec 29, 2017
Sam Reid
12mi — 6h 00m
Nov 26, 2017
David Gean
I did the north end from highway 21 to Walnut Creek camp then .7 past that to fs. Trail is well marked and easy. Few bridges are out. No potable water 9.3mi
Mar 2, 2017
Todd Shelley
20.1mi — 7h 30m
Jan 20, 2017
David Gean
This a great trail for a weekend if you are new to hiking. The trail is very well marked. Walnut Creek camp is a good spot. No water on this trail. 20mi
Dec 31, 2016
Josh P
My Uncle a buddy and I started this trail Dec.31,2016. We hiked it 12 miles and stopped to camp. We woke up Jan.1,2017 ate breakfast and started ou... 20mi
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