The Cradle of Texas Independence
On the eastern shore of Lake Sam Rayburn lies the county of San Augustine, the first American settlement in the Lone Star State and “the Cradle of Texas Independence.” There's a lot of history in this community of less than 9,000 – here you'll find more than 50 Texas Historical Landmarks, as well as a National Historic Trail called Old San Antonio Road (or El Camino Real de los Tejas), where the first settlers trod.
If you want a simple lifestyle like the ones those pioneers had, or if you just want a break from all the complications of modern living, there's a wealth of Lake Sam Rayburn, TX cabins in San Augustine's City of Broaddus. There's no better place to unwind and de-stress than in a rustic cabin near the shores of a placid lake.
In fact, you'll find that the San Augustine community as a whole takes life easy. Those used to living in the fast lane will find San Augustine's unhurried pace a welcome and pleasant change. In fact, it's not unusual for visitors to the area to decide to relocate here after they've experienced how rich and tranquil life in Deep East Texas can be.
Near the Louisiana border, San Augustine is perfectly placed for recreation. Both Lake Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend Lake are nearby, as is the Big Thicket National Preserve. Outdoor activities abound, and the exceptionally mild climate makes it possible for you to enjoy them all year round.