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East Texas Fall Foliage Road Trip Ideas

East Texas Fall Foliage Road Trip Ideas

East Texas- As summer’s grip finally gives way to fall and temperatures begin to change, the green Pineywoods of beautiful East Texas begin to shout with color. Autumn in East Texas is bright and magnificent with yellow Oak trees, orange Sweet Gum trees, and deep red Maple trees dappled among the evergreen pines. Take advantage of these refreshing temperatures and venture through East Texas, where autumn is taking hold. Experience the colors of fall in the last of the Deep South.

Photo By J'Ann Cooper

Texas highways come alive with brilliant color this time of year. Autumn in East Texas is a sight to behold and best enjoyed on a scenic drive. Take the opportunity to see East Texas this fall and enjoy the beauty of the region as it makes its annual transition. has put together driving several scenic routes in East Texas which should yield a colorful drive and maybe even a few interesting stops.

  • Hwy 21 E from Crockett to Nacogdoches, along the El Camino Real.

59.6 miles

*Visit Mission Tejas State Park and the Caddo Indian Mounds State Historic Site along the way. Visit the oldest county in Texas and the oldest town in Texas all in one day, or make it a weekend trip and really experience East Texas history!

  • Hwy 69 S from Tyler to Rusk

41.5 miles

*See the “Tomato Capital of the World”- Jacksonville, Texas! Stop by Love’s Lookout Park and get a glimpse of the colorful countryside.

 *See the Nation’s longest footbridge, visit the Texas State Railroad and Jim Hogg State Park in Rusk Texas.

  • Traveling East out of Tyler on Hwy 31 to Kilgore

26.3 miles

* Visit the East Texas Oil Museum and the World’s Richest Acre in Kilgore.

  • Hwy 19 S from Palestine to Crockett

35.3 miles

* See some of the oldest architecture in the state, second only to Galveston, in Historic Downtown Palestine and don’t forget to visit the East Texas    Museum For Culture! Visit Houston County, the first county established under the Republic of Texas.

*Numerous photo opportunities along this stretch of highway between Palestine and Crockett.

  • Hwy 43 N from Henderson to Uncertain

62.4 miles

*This stretch of highway is almost in complete fall color. The rolling hills and open meadows allow for excellent photograph opportunities. Visit the Depot Museum in Henderson and the only natural lake in Texas- Caddo Lake, which can be accessed from Uncertain.

  • Hwy 19 N from Palestine to Athens

34.7 miles

*Numerous photo opportunities along a stretch of highway that is almost in complete fall color. Visit the “Black Eyed Pea Capital of the Word” and “Home of the Original Burger” in Athens, Texas.

One of the best ways to enjoy the East Texas color show is to climb aboard the Texas State Railroad, which offers a historic ride on restored vintage steam or diesel trains. The service offers numerous excursions including a route winding between the Palestine and Rusk Depots.

Find out more about the Texas State Railroad! hopes that you will take the time this fall and treat yourself to a scenic drive in beautiful East Texas! Share your East Texas fall photos with us by sending your photos to! Or visit our Facebook fan page and post your photos on our wall!


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