5 Best Autumn Road Trips From Dallas

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Autumn is the most colorful season of the year and, although New England gets a lot of tourist love, East Texas offers a colorful, closer option beginning in October and lasting through the first week or so of November. Since there is a nice combination of hardwoods and evergreens the color in the area is generally pretty spectacular with those bright autumn colors against the deep green pines and cedars. We’ve had plenty of rain this year, and forecasters are calling for a chillier than normal fall in our area, so the crimsons, oranges, golds, and yellow display should be particularly vibrant. As always, it’s a good idea to cal ahead to check with the chamber of commerce or B&B in the area you plan to visit — just to make sure that you aren’t disappointed.


1 Highway 14 from Tyler to Winnsboro

Tyler Texas Online
Tyler is just about 90 minutes from Dallas and full of romantic B&Bs. The color along Highway 14 is breathtaking as October comes along. Not only that, but the Tyler Rose Festival is celebrated during October as well. There are ceremonial events, parades, teas, and more that are all against the combined backdrop of the autumn foliage and beautiful roses.
Tyler Chamber of Commerce 315 N Broadway Ave #100, Tyler, TX 75702 (903) 592-1661

2 Lake Bob Sandlin

Texas Parks and Wildlife
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park is perfect if you are looking for a chance to commune with nature. Not only is the autumn display gorgeous but there is plenty of fishing, as well as hiking and bike trails. You can camp at the park in either a tent or an RV or, if you aren't the woodsy type, choose a hotel or B&B in town.
341 State Park Road 2117 Pittsburg, TX 75686 (903) 572-5531

3 Texas State Railroad

Texas State Railroad
The Texas State Railroad has excursions with historic engines that depart from the Palestine and Rusk. You can preorder a boxed lunch or bring your own to eat during the 90 minute layover before the train takes you back to your starting point. During the ride you'll see miles and miles of vibrant foliage.
Rusk: Park Road 76 Rusk, TX 75785 Palestine: 789 Park Road 70 Palestine, TX 75801 877-726-7245

4 Athens

City of Athens
Combine your admiration of fall foliage with your admiration of great wine. Athens has both! With plenty of places to stay from B&Bs to remote campsites you'll want to take the entire weekend to relax and enjoy everything Athens has to offer.
201 W. Corsicana St Athens, Tx 903-677-0775

5 Lufkin

Texas Forest Trail Region Facebook
Located about three hours southeast of Dallas, Lufkin is situated in the heart of East Texas. The Angelina National Forest is close by for hiking and bike trail through the autumn splendor. Even if you stay in town, or just take a drive through the countryside you'll be treated to a visual feast. We'd suggest getting reservations at the Mansion on Sawmill Lake, a gorgeous B&B with a fantastic breakfast -- Texas shaped waffles, anyone?
1615 S. Chestnut Lufkin, Texas USA 75901 936-633-0349
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