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Texas Forest Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

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to the Forest Trail Region

Discover stories of boom and bust among the towering trees and sparkling rivers of East Texas, a place of history and culture you'll pine for.

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  • Caddo Lake State Park, Photo by Zelma LiasCaddo Lake State Park, Photo by Zelma Lias
  • McFaddin-Ward House, BeaumontMcFaddin-Ward House, Beaumont
  • Camp Street Cafe & Store, CrockettCamp Street Cafe & Store, Crockett
  • Caddo Heritage, Photo by Bruce R. PartainCaddo Heritage, Photo by Bruce R. Partain
  • Texas State Railroad, depots in Palestine & RuskTexas State Railroad, depots in Palestine & Rusk

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Highlights


  • Ghost in the Woods

    Deep in the Angelina National Forest, the remains of Aldridge Sawmill Town represent the rise and fall of the East Texas timber industry from turn-of-the-20th century boom to 1920s bust. Hikers can tackle a 3-mile trail from the Boykin Springs...

  • Wildcatters on the Prowl

    Do you recognize the name Daisy Bradford? That's the gusher that turned East Texas into Boomtown, USA overnight. The East Texas Oil Museum takes you back to the era of the Wildcatter with dioramas,...

Upcoming Events


    • April 11, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

      Experience the real life and story of the Caddo Indians from the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, through a number of activities planned for April 11, including a live performance of Caddo Indian cultural music.

    • Caddo Mounds Visitors Center

      April 11, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

      Experience the real life and story of the Caddo Indians from the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, through a number of activities, including a live performance of Caddo Indian cultural music. 

    • April 18, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

      Enjoy a spring afternoon with the Sam Houston Memorial Museum on the museum grounds celebrating Margaret Houston's birthday. Assortment of cakes, children activities, and historical demonstrations.

About the Forest Trail Region

The Forest Trail Region was the “Gateway to Texas” for Caddo Indians, Spanish and French explorers, Anglo pioneers, European immigrants, and enslaved and freed African Americans. Shadows of early Caddo and Spanish occupation linger, and the stories of Texas’ emergence from a wilderness to a great state unfold in the region’s numerous towns, many among the state’s oldest.

Spanning 35 counties from the Oklahoma-Arkansas border to the Gulf of Mexico, the region encompasses great stories of boom and bust in oil and timber, the early rebellion leading to the Texas Revolution, the El Camino Real de los Tejas, and the mystery and manners you’d expect from the lush, sweet spot between the Old South and the Wild West.

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The Forest Trail Region works with a variety of organizations to promote heritage travel throughout the region.