Fall Foliage in East Texas

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Above: The Texas State Railroad takes the scenic route through East Texas.
Photo courtesy Texas Tourism

Village 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.

Mission 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.

Martin 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.

Martin 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.

Lake 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
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.

Texas State Railroad, Palestine and Rusk
There may be no better (or more popular) way to view the fall foliage than aboard the Fall Foliage Brunch Train excursion. 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 popular outing.

Palestine
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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