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.

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

East Texas has large cities and interstate highways. But it has many rural areas, quaint small villages and hudreds of miles of back roads and scenic highways. Get off the beaten path, and explore East Texas in several directions, and see and visit:

Quiet country road in the fall in the rolling hill of the Piney Woods of East Texas Fall scene on a quiet backroad in East Texas (Staff photo)

Tyler State Park, a short drive north of Tyler, provides overnight camping venues, mountain biking, picnicking, hiking and more.

Love to shop away from big cities and crowded streets? Road Trip and Shopping Spree to Edom and Canton

East Texas Outdoor Adventure Road Trip - ZipLines, waterpark, arboretum and more!

Road Trip on Historic U.S. Highway 80 Through East Texas

Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler provide opportunities for boating, skiing and fishing.

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

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

Edom - west of Tyler on Highway 279 ... 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 at U.S. Highway 271

Love's Lookout, elevation 713 feet above sea levelLove's Lookout, with its spectacular 30-mile vista (staff photo)

Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants, hot air balloon festival, museums, Gregg County Fair and much more!

Marshall - Often called the "Cultural Capital of East Texas". Marshall has more than 100 historical markers and medallions, such as the T&P Depot marker, with several sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of Marshall's Victorian homes have been restored, and several function as B&Bs. Also fully restored is the Harrison County Courthouse.

Marshall is also known for its Wonderland of Lights during Christmas season.

Kilgore - East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore College, more

Athens - State Fish Hatchery, East Texas Arboretum, fall foliage tours


Rusk - ride the Texas State Railroad to Palestine, and back. While in the Rusk area, you may want to visit Maydelle Country Wines. Nearby is Moore Farms, a fun place to visit for all ages of the family year round.

Nacogdoches - popular area attractions include antique shopping, art and athletics events at Stephen F. Austin, boating and outdoor activities on area lakes, Deep East Texas Fall Foliage Trail, Holiday in the Pines, and more. Be sure to stop at the Charles Bright Visitor Center located in Plaza Principal in the historic downtown district for valuable area information and trip planning ideas.

Grand Saline - stop and lick the Salt Palace!

Bullard - Quiet country roads in every direction! Just east of Bullard on FM 344 is Kiepersol Enterprises. On the grounds are a complete range of activities, facilities and services including Kiepersol Estates Bed & Breakfast, Kiepersol Estates Vineyard and Winery, KE Bushman's Camp/RV Park, and the KE Bushman's Celebration Center

South of Bullard near Jacksonville is the Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari, a wildlife park that is home to an amazing variety of wildlife.

East Texas Gators & Wildlife Park - Grand Saline

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

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

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

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 popular destination for campers and hikers!

Jefferson - this city is full of antique shops, B&Bs, restaurants and more. While in the area, don't miss a photo op in the tiny village of Uncertain, and steamboat rides on Caddo Lake.


Experience The Golden Era ... in Jefferson Texas
The Golden Era ... in Jefferson Texas


Map of East Texas counties and cities

Love's Lookout, elevation 713 feet above sea level
Love's Lookout, elevation 713 feet above sea level

The Shed Cafe, Edom, Texas ... legendary home cooking & desserts for over 35 years
The Shed Cafe, Edom, Texas ... legendary home cooking & desserts for over 35 years