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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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  • Find Yourself in the Texas Forest Trail RegionFind Yourself in the Texas Forest Trail Region
  • 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
  • Caddo Lake State Park, Photo by Zelma LiasCaddo Lake State Park, Photo by Zelma Lias

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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


    • September 7, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

      Join us for Market Days at the Palestine Farmers Market! Shop for flowers, plants, herbs, produce, local honey, homemade soaps, handmade items, jewelry, art, and so much more! Market Days will be the first Saturday of the month year-round.

    • September 14, 2019 - 6:00am to 11:00am

      Families can learn how to fish from the Gulf of Mexico.

    • Huntsville Antique Show@ Walker County Fairgrounds Rain or Shine!

      September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to September 22, 2019 - 4:00pm

      Huntsville Antique Show...annually 3rd weekend of September @ the Walker County Fairgrounds in Huntsville, TX. Over 65 dealers from across the US. Excellent finds before heading off to Round Top! Indoor venue, rain or shine! $7 admission.

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.