Fall Foliage Tours and Road Trips Around Tyler


Fall Foliage in the East Texas Piney Woods

In the Piney Woods Section of East Texas surrounding Tyler, there are ample opportunities to view fall foliage in its colorful magnificence via a number of scenic drives!

The hardwood trees of the area put on a beautiful display of yellows, oranges and reds.

We are all ready for fall color "peak week" ... but when is it? It is hard, or impossible to predict, as multiple factors dictate the timing, duration and intensity of colors from year to year.

The maples, oaks, gum, elm, dogwoods, crepe myrtles, Bradford pear, and other species usually come into their peak in late October and November in East Texas.

Variations in peak times depend on temperatures, rainfall, wind, and days of sunlight, as well as soil conditions and elevation.

Fall foliage along the back roads of East Texas
Fall foliage along the back roads of East Texas

Autumn time in Tyler and surrounding East Texas areas is alive with vibrant fall foliage, and a great time to drive the back roads, and scenic byways.

Included below are a series of photographs of East Texas fall foliage, and some suggested days trips from Tyler to view the colors of autumn.

Suggested Road Trips from Tyler to View Fall Foliage

The days are clear and cool ... time for fall foliage in Tyler and East Texas!The days are clear and cool ... time for fall foliage in Tyler and East Texas!

The fall in Tyler and surrounding East Texas areas is alive with vibrant fall foliage, and a great time to drive the back roads, and scenic byways.

Tyler is an excellent starting point for those taking day trips from Dallas, Houston, Austin or Shreveport, and offers a large selection of hotels and B&Bs, and restaurants.

Get off the beaten path, and explore East Texas in several directions, and see and visit:

Highway 14 - from Tyler north by Tyler State Park and on to Winnsboro, and Highway 16 from Lindale to Winona is always among our fall favorites. But virtually any farm-to-market road, county road and state highway offer excellent drives within a few minutes of Tyler. Many cities and towns like Nacogdoches and Athens have foliage tours and festivals.

Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista of fall colors to the East, located between Jacksonville and Tyler on U.S. 69 ... a great picnic location!

Nacogdoches - offers the Deep East Texas Fall Foliage Trail, looping from Nacogdoches thru Alto, Crockett, Livingston, Newton, Hemphill, San Augustine and Shelbyville. Maps of the trail are available at the Visitors' Center located at 200 E. Main Street in Nacogdoches. Travelers can view fall foliage along numerous highways in the region, including U.S. Highway 59, State Highway 7, and State Highway 21.

Jacksonville - to the south of Tyler on U.S. 69, features a beautiful drive around Lake Jacksonville.

Edom - a quaint village just west of Tyler surrounded by lovely countryside scenes and forests ... festivals, potters, artists, garden centers, restaurants, eclectic shopping.

Canton - site of the famous First Monday Trade Days each month, an easy 45-minute drive west of Tyler through rolling hills, ranches and deep forests.

Fall scene on a quiet backroad in East Texas during peak fall foliageFall scene on a quiet backroad in East Texas
(TylerTexasOnline Staff photo)

Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas, located on historic US Highway 80, and close to many country roads with bright fall colors. We always enjoy the drive on Highway 1844 from Union Grove (north of Gladewater) to East Mountain to Judson. Gladewater is located north of Tyler via U.S. Highway 271.

Rusk - ride the Texas State Railroad to Palestine, and back, in fall. This historic railroad offers steam train excursions through 25 miles of scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms Texas amidst a backdrop of rolling hills, nature and wildlife. We highly recommend booking the Fall Foliage Brunch Train.

Athens - The City of Athens tourism department offers a scenic driving trail for visitors. The 55-mile self-guided driving trail begins and ends at the Athens Partnership Center, located at 201 W. Corsicana Street, in Athens.

Tyler State Park - a short drive north of the city on Highway 14, built around a lake, provides overnight camping venues, mountain biking, picnicking, hiking and more. Continuing the drive along Highway 14 from Tyler State Park to the north towards Hawkins and the Winnsboro area offers many choices for fall foliage viewing.

Daingerfield State Park - The Rustling Leaves Nature Trail, camping, fishing, hiking and more attractions make this state park a popoular destination in the fall.

Tyler Rose Garden - Tyler is the Rose Capital of America, the home of the nation's largest municipal rose garden. It features more than just 40,000 rose bushes, including a wooded area with towering trees, and numerous Japanese Maples that sport bright fall foliage.

Joinerville - learn and see first hand the place where the famous East Texas Oil Field was discovered, and enjoy the brilliant fall colors on the backroads and countryside near Henderson, just east of Tyler

Henderson - Highway 64 from Tyler to Henderson is an easy trip, through forest and rolling ranch lands. Then take Highway 43 north by Martin Lake, and through Marshall, to Uncertain, Texas, for additional fall colors. While in Uncertain, be sure to visit the shopping, attractions and attractions in nearby Jefferson.

Palestine - Among the viewing areas around Palestine is the well-known Davey Dogwood Park.

 

Tyler and the counties and cities of East Texas

Photographs of Fall Foliage in East Texas in Recent Years

Maple tree fall colors at peak in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Maple tree fall colors at peak in East Texas

Fall colors on the Hollytree Golf Course in Tyler Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall colors on the Hollytree Golf Course in Tyler Texas

Fall colors on the Hollytree Country Club in Tyler Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall colors on the Hollytree Country Club in Tyler Texas


 

Fall foliage on FM 2868 just west of Flint in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall foliage on FM 2868 just west of Flint in East Texas

Fall colors on Old Bullard Road, CR 122, just south of Tyler Texas - (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall colors on Old Bullard Road, CR 122, just south of Tyler Texas

Fall colors on Saline Creek Road just west of Gresham, in East Texas - (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall colors on Saline Creek Road just west of Gresham, in East Texas

Maple leaves at peak color in Tyler Texas(TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Maple leaves at peak color in Tyler Texas

Brilliant red and yellow fall foliage in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall foliage in East Texas

Fall foliage around a quiet lake in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall foliage around a lake in East Texas

Maple tree in peak fall color near Tyler Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Maple tree in full fall color near Tyler Texas

The beautiful yellow fall foliage colors in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall foliage in East Texas

Dogwood tree at peak fall color in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Dogwood tree at peak fall color in East Texas

Quiet country road in the fall in the Piney Woods of East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Quiet country road in the fall in the Piney Woods of East Texas

Beauty Berry - A fall native in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Beauty Berry - A fall native in East Texas

Even in town, fall makes an impressive presence in Tyler! Seen in this photo is an office building
and fall foliage in Tyler on Loop 323 (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Office building and Fall foliage in Tyler Texas on Loop 323


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