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Upland Island Wilderness

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Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Upland Island Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 13,229 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Texas and is managed by the Forest Service.

Description

By 1930, loggers had chopped down almost all the pine with any commercial value, leaving behind a few small "islands" of immature trees and remnants of sawmill sites. A dense cover of second-growth pines and hardwoods now fills out the Wilderness, while the more stately longleaf pines have established fiefdoms on the wide, flat ridge tops. The "upland" portion, to the south, rises only a few hundred feet above sea level. The terrain flattens in the northern section, and again in a small southern section bordered by the Neches River and separated from the remainder of the Wilderness by a non-Wilderness road corridor. Upland Island may be the most interesting Texas national forestland acreage, with flora ranging from the carnivorous pitcher plant to wild azaleas and rose pogonias, a member of the orchid family. Water flows in Cypress Creek, Salt Branch, Oil Well Creek, Big Creek, and Graham Creek. Numerous trails give access to the area, some along abandoned roads, and hiking and horseback riding are relatively easy. From a trailhead on Forest Service Road 303 you can hike in one-half mile to join the primary north-south pathway, which crosses the area for approximately six miles.

Planning to Visit the Upland Island Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Upland Island Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.