Region Travel Guide & Map
Spanning 35 East Texas counties, from the Oklahoma-Arkansas border to the Gulf of Mexico, the Texas 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. Everything you expect from Texas is here: rugged landscapes, oil derricks, diverse heritage, and that proud-to-be-Texan spirit—all found throughout its many cultural traditions. The Texas Forest Trail Region is the perfect place for tourists to indulge their appetites for history, culture, and nature.
Texas Heritage Travel Guides
Experience the vastness and wonder of the Lone Star State with the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Heritage Travel Guide. Encompassing all 10 Texas Heritage Trail Regions, this statewide guide highlights historic destinations that tell the real stories of Texas. From beautifully restored courthouses to historic frontier forts, use this guide as a starting point for your next adventure and immerse yourself in the captivating story of Texas.