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San Augustine Texas

San Augustine Texas City Limits

The City of San Augustine is the county seat of San Augustine County in Deep East Texas, east of Nacogdoches, south of the City of Center and west of Toledo Bend Reservoir.

The first European settlement in the area began in 1717 with the establishment of Mission Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de los Ais by Spanish missionaries. The mission was abandoned and reestablished in 1721. It lasted until 1773 and is now preserved as Mission Dolores State Historic Site.

The county is bordered by the Attoyac River on the west, Sabine County on the east, Shelby County to the north, and Sam Rayburn Reservoir to the south.

Historic structures and trails are found in the city and nearby. Plus, outdoor recreation abounds for residents and visitors at locales such as Toledo Bend Reservoir and Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

 San Augustine Website Resources

City of San Augustine Texas

San Augustine County Texas

CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial San Augustine

San Augustine Public Library

San Augustine Independent School District

Mission Dolores State Historic Site

Lobanillo Swales

In 2020, San Augustine had a population of 1,920. 
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Map Showing the Location of San Augustine in Deep East Texas

Map Showing Location of San Augustine in Deep East Texas

Scenes Around San Augustine

San Augustine County Court House at 100 West Columbia, built in 1927
San Augustine County Court House

Historic building in downtown San Augustine, Texas
Historic building in downtown San Augustine, Texas

Mission Dolores State Historic Site

Mission Dolores State Historic Site

Mission Dolores was a Spanish mission built in 1721 in what is now San Augustine County, just 20 miles west of the Texas-Louisiana border.

The site tells an important history about the Native American experience with Texas’ earliest European settlers. The mission site has been confirmed by archeological investigations and historical records.

Mission Dolores is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated State Antiquities Landmark. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail also passes through the property. Visitors can explore the site’s history at the museum where interpretive displays tell the story of Mission Dolores. The property also has a campground, picnic area, and group pavilions.

It is located at 701 South Broadway Street in San Augustine. Phone 936.275.3815, or visit the website of the Mission Dolores State Historic Site

Lobanillo Swales

Lobanillo Swales in East Texas

The Lobanillo Swales are located on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail in Sabine County.

Two sets of deep and parallel swales extend about one-quarter mile through the forest. One set of swales has seven parallel ruts reaching a depth of 18-feet and 12-feet wide. A state historic marker in nearby Geneva says that the historic Spanish rancho known as El Lobanillo was located nearby. 

 It is located on Texas State Highway 21 east of San Augustine in the pine forest of Sabine County, Texas.

Lobanillo Swales

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

overhead view of the Lake Rayburn dam in East Texas

Sam Rayburn Reservoir is located on the Angelina River, and its dam is located in Jasper County approximately 15 miles north of Jasper. The lake has a surface area of 114,500 acres, and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The lake was impounded in 1965.

The most popular game fish at Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the largemouth bass; an excellent year-round fishery exists. Habitat in Sam Rayburn Reservoir consists of submerged aquatic vegetation, standing timber, and flooded terrestrial vegetation.

Shown to the right is an overhead view of the Lake Rayburn dam (photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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Toledo Bend Reservoir

Camping area at Toledo Bend Reservoir... summer of 2017
Camping area at Toledo Bend Reservoir... summer of 2017 (Staff photo)

Toledo Bend Reservoir lies along the Texas-Louisiana border southeast of Tyler, and directly west of Many, Louisiana. This massive 185,000 acre lake is a project of the States of Texas and Louisiana, and has both recreational and power generation benefits.

As the largest man-made lake in the south, Toledo Bend forms a portion of the boundary between the states of Texas and Louisiana. The lake extends 65 miles to the north to near Logansport, LA.

Boating, fishing, skiing, camping, hiking, golfing and other recreational activities are popular around this lake. RV resorts, campgrounds, resorts, restaurants, marinas, and motels are all available along the 1,200 miles of shoreline of the reservoir.

In 2015, Bassmaster Magazine selected Toledo Bend Reservoir as the top fishery in the United States. Toledo Bend ranked above 230 potential lakes after the magazine conducted research and personal interviews with anglers from around the U.S.

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Other East Texas Attractions

While visiting the San Augustine area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:

    • Livingston - Polk County Memorial Museum, Pedigo Park, Trade Days, Locomotive No. 5, Lake Livingston, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
    • Coldspring - Davy Crockett National Forest, Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Livingston, Double Lake Recreational Area
    • Groveton - Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Davy  Crockett National Forest
    • Crockett - Houston County Museum, Monroe-Cook House, Houston County Lake, Grapeland Drive-Thru Safari, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association
    • Center - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Shelby County Museum, What-A-Melon Festival, bird watching
    • Woodville - Tyler County Dogwood Festival, Festival of the Arts and the Harvest Festival. Outdoor activities abound in the nearby Martin Dies Jr. State Park and the Big Thicket National Preserve.
    • Newton - Toledo Ben Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
    • Port Arthur - Pompeiian Villa, Sea Rim State Park, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park, Dutch Windmill Museum and the French House
    • Orange - Frances Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, Sangri La Botanical Gardens, W.H. Stark House, Stark Museum of Art, Blue Elbow Swamp & Tony Houseman WMA
    • Nacogdoches - Spring azalea trails, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Mast Arboretum
    • Rusk - Texas State Railroad, Cherokee Civic Theatre, Grapeland Drive Thru Safari
    • Lufkin - Ellen Trout Zoo, Cotton Square Heritage Park, First Street Arts Center, Texas Forestry Museum
    • Beaumont - Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center, Beaumont Botanical Gardens, Crockett Street Entertainment District, McFaddin-Ward House and Museum, Texas Energy Museum, Fire Museum of Texas, Babe Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Museum, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, and the Big Thicket National Preserve
    • Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants

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