Palestine is located in the Texas Forest Trail Region, where beautiful autumn color is a featured attraction each November. Enjoy outdoor adventures, train excursions, local cuisine, and historic shops along the way. Offering visitors choices for a scenic driving route along breathtaking back roads and throughout our parks. Each autumn, the picturesque landscape transforms to the vibrant colors throughout the East Texas woodlands.
Autumn brings cooler temps, breathtaking color and one-of-a-kind experiences to Palestine. Try your hand at alligator gar fishing or take a trip aboard the Texas State Railroad, the most relaxing way to enjoy the Texas scenery. Fall in love with Davey Dogwood Park, where 200-acres of forested land features miles of hard surface roads, hiking & biking trails and scenic views. The season also offers amazing color for picnics, photo shoots, hiking and nature walks in the 700-acre community forest.
Taste what lies behind the pine curtain and experience the foodie scene from fine dining to pub fare. In the mood for something sweet? Don’t worry, we have one of Texas’ favorite pie stops or visit the oldest continuous run bakery in Texas.
Rest your head in a 104 year old hotel full of history and wake up to fresh brewed coffee, migas and breakfast tacos or a pastry served in the Main Street District, where you can take in sculptural and fine art displays, shop for antiques and take a historical driving tour featuring some of the 1,800 historical sites in the area!
Start in Palestine and take the Pineywoods Autumn Trail, a 145-mile road trip which includes historical markers and magnificent fall colors sure to satisfy the whole family!
Autumn color is expected mid to late November but it is recommended to call ahead. Mother Nature often makes up new rules.