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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


  • 2014 Texas Forest Trail Photo Contest

    Enter your unique photos that capture the essence of East Texas, its culture, heritage, events, people, nature, and architecture. This contest is intended to raise awareness of the area as a travel destination....

  • 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


    • September 19, 2014 - 7:30pm to September 28, 2014 - 9:30pm

      Three comedies presented over two weekends, Sept. 11-20, at the Henderson County Performing Arts Center. Each is a stand-alone play. Discounts available for seeing two or three of the scheduled show.

    • September 20, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

      Come enjoy the day in downtown Athens, the home of the original hamburger, for the Uncle Fletch Davis Hamburger Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 on the historic downtown Courthouse Square.

    • September 20, 2014 - 7:30pm to September 29, 2014 - 9:30pm

      Three comedies presented over two weekends, Sept. 11-20, at the Henderson County Performing Arts Center. Each is a stand-alone play. Discounts available for seeing two or three of the scheduled show.

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.