We're only beginning to take full advantage of the business potential of the recreational opportunities, right here in our own backyard. Lake Livingston, Texas' second largest lake, is almost a hidden gem, just 60 miles north of Houston in the Piney Woods of east Texas With 450 miles of shore line surrounded by surprisingly hilly forest, Lake Livingston in Polk County can keep a vacationer or weekender as busy or as relaxed as they want to be. International birders are discovering the array of birds that live and migrate through our piece of country. Half triathlons, rodeos, along with baseball and fishing tournaments have created opportunities for more lodging, retail, and dining spots. Polk County abounds in hospitality opportunities.