Lufkin, TX — With the abundance of natural resources in the Angelina County area, Stephen F. Austin State University graduate Aaron Friar is making local trails more available to the community.
In March, Friar began a year-long internship which was created through a Conservation Fund grant and the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
His goal is to design and mark trails for hikers, bicyclists, paddlers and horse riders and to make those trails easily accessible through a new website at visitlufkin.com.
Originally from Austin, Friar graduated from SFA with degree in Forestry. He said he had picked up a book about hiking trails in Texas and was surprised at the lack of information available in East Texas.
“I was looking through and there’s not much in there about East Texas, especially Angelina County,” Friar said. “That blew my mind because there is so much to do here, outdoors-wise. The biggest part of my job is to promote trails in the area.”
Within a 50-mile radius, Angelina County sits in the center of three national forests, Lake Sam Rayburn and wildlife management areas, including ample opportunities for people to get out and enjoy nature.
“What I’m trying to do is put Lufkin on the map,” Friar said. “I’m trying to create maps, brochures and informational packets so we can provide visitors with the information they need to enjoy all these natural areas that we have around our county.”