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Gus Engling Wildlife Management Area Gus Engling Wildlife Management Area


The Boston’s Buckin’ BBQ Cook-off, Bullriding and Kid’s Rodeo takes place every March during the Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration. Other rodeo events and much more. Located at HWY 287N 903-731-4943


Lake Palestine, located 30 minutes from Palestine, is a 25,600 acre recreational destination on the Neches River. With a total length of 18 miles, 135 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 16.25 ft, Lake Palestine offers plenty of room for fishing, boating, skiing and much more!

Birding in Anderson County

There are numerous public sites in Anderson County for birding. One of the most popular is the Gus Engling Wildlife Management Area located on U.S. Hwy 287.
Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane
Purple Finch Purple Finch
Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl


Fall Weekend Getaway: Texas Highways Magazine

Fall Weekend Getaway: Post Oak Savannah
This East Texas region is famous for its fishing, railroad history, and foliage
Written by: Dan Oko

Read the article for the best stops in Palestine this fall.

Fall Foliage in Palestine

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Palestine welcomes you for a getaway from the big city!

This fall, make the road trip to see the vibrant foliage. 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 cool off with a sweet ice cream taco. Home to the Dogwood Trails, Palestine is graced with stately homes, gorgeous scenic drives and a Texas friendly welcome that offers a true Southern experience. 800-659-3484

Follow the Fall Foliage Driving Trails

Fairy Garden Project

Fairy Garden School
There is so much more to explore in Davey Dogwood Park this spring! We know that the 5.5 miles of driving trails make for some amazing views, but park the car and step onto the trails and see how many of our hidden fairy gardens you can find!

How to Combat Nature Deficit Disorder

Does your family spend enough time outside? The odds are high the answer is no. More and more children are not getting as much time outdoors as they need, and the results are significant. Increased childhood obesity, anxiety, and other major health issues have all been linked to insufficient time outdoors. The term “Nature Deficit Disorder” has been coined to refer to these issues. Here are a few ways you can get your whole family to head outdoors and fall in love with nature:

Backyard Adventures

Outdoor Science Activities for Kids

40 Backyard and Camping Crafts for Kids

Install a Playground or Swing Set

20 Epic Outside Messy Play Ideas

15 Best Outdoor Games 2019

Veggie Gardens For Kids - Making A Children's Vegetable Garden

Exploring the Wider World

10 Ways to Turn the Local Park Into an Adventure Wonderland for Kids

Bird Watching for Kids - Learning about Birds

4 Tips When Mountain Biking With Your Child

Hiking with Kids - 9 Tips for a Successful & Fun Hike

Nature Scavenger Hunts for Kids

10 Tips for Teaching a Kid to Fish

100 Best Family Outdoor Adventures

There are tons of ways to enjoy the outdoor world, and you can explore them together as a family! Focus on fun, exciting activities you all can enjoy. By showing your kids the wonder the outdoors can bring, you can foster a lifelong love of nature.

Content provided by Jenny Miller
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