Forest Trail Region


The Texas Forest Trail city of Huntsville has a lot to offer the heritage traveler. Home to the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum, and the Texas Prison Museum, Huntsville, a Texas Main Street program participant since 2001, provides plenty of opportunities for exploring Texas' past. Founded in the early 1800s as a trading post, Huntsville's long history bears witness to a pre-statehood Texas, its independent Republic period, and the Civil War. Later, the railroad, four stage routes, and extensive highway development all contributed to Huntsville's rising status as center of trade and commerce for much of East Texas. Today, Huntsville citizens enjoy cultural centers, community theater, a university, festivals, a lively Farmer's Market, and outdoor activities at nearby Huntsville State Park. The city's most unique feature, however, has to be its 67-foot-tall statue of Sam Houston resting on a 10-foot-tall base, making it the "world's tallest statue of an American Hero." The statue is accompanied by its own Visitor Center, a gift shop, and the oddly appealing stand-alone three-dimensional face of Houston, located off the wooded path on your way to the towering concrete and steel statue representing the entire Sam Houston.

Huntsville boasts a state cultural district designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Explore all they have to offer on your next visit!