These 2,740 acres were acquired through transfer in 1925 from the Texas Prison System and named after State Senator I.D. Fairchild of Lufkin. The healthy and productive forest that exists today is the result of public forest stewardship after past heavy logging, devastating wildfires and insect epidemics that were common at the turn of the century.
The primary purpose of this forest is resource education for Texas citizens and visitors. Sound scientific forest management that protects and perpetuates native flora and fauna is practiced. Forest management demonstration areas and sites exist throughout the forest. Special attractions include a historical fire tower site with plaque, Red Cockaded Woodpecker Management Area, and a pond with picnic area.
The I.D. Fairchild State Forest is open year around during daylight hours. For additional information about the forest, visit the Palestine District Office at 2203 West Spring Street, Palestine, TX 75802 or call (903) 729-7738 during office hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday.