Nestled deep in the heart of the 160,000+ acres of Davy Crockett National Forest, Houston County offers residents and visitors a broad variety of recreation and entertainment possibilities. The area abounds in diversity from the enchanting Big Slough Wilderness Area and the majestic Piney Woods to sprawling ranches and southern style homes. From lakeside and country resorts to downtown shopping and entertainment there is something for everyone. Southern hospitality and modern living converge "where the South meets the West and Texas began." ?Paradise in the Pines? Houston County is home to several cities, Crockett, Grapeland, Lovelady and Kennard. Houston County is easily accessible to the major metropolitan areas of Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth by Interstate 45 that runs approximately 30 miles to the west.