Northeast Texas attractions

Top Choice Park in Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake State Park

Caddo Lake State Park is a good place to start your lake adventure. Take an interpretive hike through the cypress forest on the lake’s western edge. Or, in summer, rent a canoe from the on-site concession, Old Port …
Top Choice Gardens in Tyler

Tyler Municipal Rose Garden

Romantics, be prepared to swoon: home to the country’s biggest domestic supply of roses, Tyler is also home to this 14-acre garden with 38,000 plants in 500 varieties. A museum on-site gives full details on roses an…
Historic Site in Tyler

Camp Ford Historic Park

Camp Ford was the largest prisoner of war (POW) camp run by the Confederacy west of the Mississippi. Opened in 1863, it held over 5000 Union prisoners; conditions were often appalling. Outside the camp, mob-rule oft…
Park in Northeast Texas

Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site

Remnants of Texas’ Native American past are few and far between. So the 1200-year-old ceremonial mounds at Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site, just 25 miles east of Nacogdoches, are a fascinating introduction. The v…
Cemetery in Nacogdoches

Oak Grove Cemetery

This historic cemetery received its first customer in 1837 and was soon the preferred resting place for a variety of early Texas pioneers. Note how early Catholics were segregated in their own area. Immediately nort…
House in Nacogdoches

Durst-Taylor House & Gardens

Get a sense of the simple life led by less-affluent farmers at c 1835 Durst-Taylor house. Docents grow gardens appropriate to the period here and demonstrate pioneer skills. It's an easy walk from downtown.
Museum in Kilgore

Rangerette Showcase & Museum

Oil is not the only kind of drilling Kilgore is famous for; the town also claims bragging rights as home to the world's oldest women's precision drill teams, the Kilgore Rangerettes. These ladies – in their nifty re…
Park in Northeast Texas

Mission Tejas State Park

El Camino Real, the royal road connecting missions between Mexico City and current-day Louisiana, ran right through Nacogdoches. At Mission Tejas State Park, 32 miles east of Nacogdoches, you can see a replica of th…
Museum in Kilgore

East Texas Oil Museum

Trace the town's boom – and bust – at the evocative East Texas Oil Museum, with vivid exhibits that do an admirable job re-creating the pre-oil discovery town. The World's Richest Acre Park has 36 re-created, light-…
Forest in Northeast Texas

Davy Crockett National Forest

With 251 sq miles, Davy Crockett National Forest is one of the less developed forests and contains the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, and the picturesque, 20-mile Four C National Recreation Trail overlooking the Nec…