Zavalla is a city in Angelina County, Texas, United States, and is not to be confused with the similarly spelled Zavala. The town is named for Lorenzo de Zavala, a Mexican rancher, politician, and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence who served as the first Vice-President of the Republic of Texas. The town is considered as the gateway to the Angelina National Forest.
Zavalla is situated near the center west shoreline of Sam Rayburn Lake and is the gateway to recreational areas on the lake. The lake has numerous recreation areas and camping sites. Cassells-Boykin Park, which is the largest park in Zavalla, has 265 acres of recreational and camping sites, including boat ramps, fishing areas, designated swimming areas, picnic areas, camping sites, and dumping stations.
Other points of interests nearby are Boykin Springs Recreational Park with nature trail and flowing springs, Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, Lufkin Zoo & Museum. There are several Big Bass Tournaments held on Lake Rayburn annually. Local fishing guide services are available as well.