East Texas Where the Favorite Color is Fall

From Tyler Today August/September Issue

As summer gives way to fall and the temperatures begin to change, so do the colors of scenic East Texas. Known as the Piney Woods region, the hardwood trees put on a display of magnificent colors. Painted across a backdrop of evergreen pines, fall foliage ranges from light yellow shades of the Oak trees to deep oranges of the Sweet Gums to the rich, vibrant reds of the Maple trees. Natural beauty is undoubtedly at its peak during the cooler months, across lakes, hiking trails, farms, rose gardens, and wildlife. The rural roadsides come alive with pumpkin patches, flower stands filled with mums, and the smell of fresh cut hay. Take advantage of autumn and plan a scenic drive to Tyler, Texas with amazing views and unique things to do along the way.


Fall is the best time to see colors transforming for the new season. The maples, oaks, sweet gums, elms, dogwoods, crepe myrtles, Bradford pears, and other trees usually come into their peak in late October and are colorful until early December in East Texas. Put on your warmest flannel, pack your coziest blanket, pour a thermos of apple cider, and fill up your gas tank. Here are a few of our favorite fall road trip must-sees in Tyler, plus some back roads and scenic byways to drive when visiting the area.

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