Celebrate the Beauty of the Piney Woods

Celebrate the Beauty of the Piney Woods

Set among the towering pines which give the region its nickname, the Piney Woods, the East Texas region is full of attractions, both manmade and natural. From its namesake pines to some of the biggest lakes in Texas, the region has plenty of options for those interested in outdoor recreation. It is also one of the top areas in the country for flower enthusiasts, with a number of flower gardens and trails. Additionally, Texas' oldest town, Nacogdoches, is located in the region, as well as one of the state's oldest railways and much, much more.

Visit Lake Caddo: According to Caddo legend, the lake was formed by the 1812 New Madrid Earthquake. There may be some truth to the legend, as Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee was formed by that earthquake. Most geologists feel the lake was formed, either gradually or catastrophically, by the "Great Raft," a 100-mile log jam on the Red River in Louisiana, possibly by flooding the existing low-lying basin

Visit Historic Jefferson: Almost every commercial building and house on the main arterial road in Jefferson has a historic marker. The city is a tourism center, with popular attractions including: Jay Gould's Railroad car, the Sterne Fountain, Jefferson Carnegie Library, Excelsior House, the House of the Four Seasons, and the bayous formed by Big Cypress Bayou located in and around the city.