Forest Trail Region


Livingston is the county seat of Polk County and is at the junction of U.S. highways 190 and 59, State Highway 146, and Farm Road 1316, seventy-five miles north of Houston in the southern part of the Polk County. A suspicious 1902 fire, purportedly set over local liquor prohibition, forced residents to rebuild this Texas Main Street city. An old log-hauling locomotive and the 1933 Jonas Davis Log Cabin mark the location of the Polk County Memorial Museum and Heritage Park. East of town, in the heart of the Big Thicket is the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. The tribe settled in East Texas around 1780, and Sam Houston had the land declared a reservation as a reward for the tribe’s courage in remaining neutral during Texas’ war for independence.

Today, Livingston is well positioned, being surrounded by lakes and forests. It is known for its Trade Days and antique and arts&crafts shops. It is also known for its birding. Click here for a Birding map of Polk County.