Foliage in East Texas
continued from Texas
Above: The Texas State Railroad
takes the scenic route through East Texas.
Photo courtesy Texas Tourism
Creek State Park, Lumberton
Location: 10 miles north of Beaumont
Located in a town named Lumberton, it's no surprise that this park
is heavily forested. This section of the Big Thicket is filled with
cypress swamps as well as river birch, mayhaw, and yaupon trees.
Tejas State Historical Park, Grapeland
Located: 22 miles northeast of Crockett
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) this mission is a
representation of the Mission San Francisco de los Tejas, the first
Spanish mission in Texas. The park is located on the north end of
the Davy Crockett National Forest and has nice hiking and nature
trails to take visitors deep into the piney woods.
Dies, Jr. State Park, Jasper
Perched at the edge of the Big Thicket National Preserve, this park
boasts the fall beauty of beech trees which turn a golden yellow
as well as the ruby red of blackgum trees. Get away from the usual
four-wheeled leaf peeking with a guided canoe trip down the Angelina
or Neches River. Naturalists guide the tours on the third Saturday
of every month.
Creek Lake State Park, Tatum
Location: southeast of Longview
Martin Creek is dotted with hardwood trees that emblazon the forest
with color, especially during the first two weeks of November. The
fall colors are tempered with the verdant greens of the loblolly
and short-leaf pine trees.
Bob Sandlin State Park, Pittsburg
Location: 12 miles southwest of Mt. Pleasant
Hickory, dogwood, redbud, oaks and maple trees provide a good fall
show in this park.
Winnsboro is a capital for leaf lovers and would be many traveler's
choice if they could only make one fall excursion. Winnsboro is
home of Autumn Trails, scheduled for every weekend in October. This
fall festival celebrates the beautiful autumnal colors that surround
Winnsboro. Travelers will find several suggested routes for spotting
the best displays; other diversions include a country fair, rodeo,
chili cookoff, barn dance, antique auto show, historic home tours,
trade day, parade, and more.
State Railroad State Historical Park, Rusk
There may be no better (or more popular) way to view the fall foliage
than aboard this rolling state park. Chug through piney woods and
blazing hardwood forests on this East Texas historic train. The
train stops to give travelers time for lunch and a hike then returns
back down the line for another look at nature's display. The entire
ride takes four hours. Be sure to get reservations for this very
Over 1600 historic landmarks dot this community which swells with
visitors during the spring's redbud and dogwood season. In the fall,
the dogwoods turn a deep red. One of the best places to view the
colors is at Davey Dogwood Park where 200 acres are dotted with
dogwoods as well as gentle streams.
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