East Texas Road Trips

Side trips ... from Tyler Texas

Located in rolling hills, deep woods and pasture land, East Texas has a wide range of appeal, and things to do in the cities and on short road trips.

Tyler State Park, a short drive north of Tyler, provides overnight camping venues, mountain biking, picnicking, hiking and more. In addition, Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler provide opportunities for boating, skiing and fishing.

From world-class golf courses, walking trails, cultural attractions, state parks, festivals, antique shopping, fall motoring and art museums, the East Texas area has something for everyone.

Day Trips Around East Texas

The fall in East Texas areas is alive with vibrant fall foliage, and a great time to drive the back roads, and side roads. Get off the beaten path, and explore East Texas in several directions, and see and visit:

Jacksonville - to the south of Tyler on U.S. 69, home of the annual Tomato Fest and mud racing

Jefferson - this city is full of antique shops, B&Bs, restaurants and more. Tour nearby Uncertain and Caddo Lake, and beautiful historic homes.

Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista to the East between Jacksonville and Tyler ... great picnic location!

Edom - west of Tyler ... festivals, potters, artists, garden centers, restaurants, eclectic shopping

Canton - site of the famous First Monday Trade Days each month

Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas, located on historic US Highway 80

Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants, hot air balloon festival

Marshall - Marshall Pottery, Railroad Museum, more

Kilgore - East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore College, more

Athens - State Fish Hatchery

Rusk - ride the Texas State Railroad to Palestine, and back

Grand Saline - stop and lick the Salt Palace!

East Texas Gators & Wildlife Park - Grand Saline

Lee Daffodil Garden - acres of beautiful floral displays in early spring, just south of Gladewater

Uncertain Texas - on the moss-draped cypress shores of Caddo Lake near Karnack

Uncertain - on the shores of Caddo Lake near Jefferson and Karnack

Joinerville - learn and see first hand the places where the famous East Texas Oil Field were discovered

Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler

Lake Palestine - 25,000 acres of boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, waterfront restaurants ... minutes southwest of Tyler on Texas Highway 155 near Coffee City and Frankston

Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants ... on the Texas-Louisiana border

Tyler State Park - minutes north of Tyler ... a delight for campers and hikers!


Tyler and the counties and cities of East Texas