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.
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.
It's been an unusually warm fall here in East Texas ... and of course, it is dry!
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.
|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.
Highway 14 from Tyler north by Tyler State Park and on to Winnsboro, and Highway 16 from Lindale to Winona are among our 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.
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:
Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista of fall colors to the East, located between Jacksonville and Tyler on U.S. 69 ... 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.
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 and ranches. The next flea market weekend in Canton is October 30 to November 2, 2014.
|Fall 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. 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.
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.
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.
Daingerfield State Park - The Rustling Leaves Nature trail, camping, fishing, hiking and more
Maple tree fall colors at peak in East Texas in 2013 (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall colors on the Hollytree Golf Course in Tyler Texas - 11/24/2014 (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall colors on the Hollytree Country Club in Tyler Texas - 11/24/2014 (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall foliage on FM 2868 just west of Flint in East Texas - 11/24/2014 (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall colors on Old Bullard Road, CR 122, just south of Tyler Texas - 11/24/2014 (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall colors on Saline Creek Road just west of Gresham, in East Texas - 11/24/2014 (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Maple leaves at peak color in Tyler Texas during October of 2012 (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Brilliant red and yellow fall foliage in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Fall foliage around a quiet lake in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Maple tree in peak fall color near Tyler Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
The beautiful yellow fall foliage colors in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Dogwood tree at peak fall color in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Quiet country road in the fall in the Piney Woods of East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Beauty Berry - A fall native in East Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
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)