When the heat of summer finally gives way to cooler temperatures, the beautiful hardwoods on the rolling hills of East Texas transform into a kaleidoscope of colors. Follow just about any road that travels through rural East Texas and you will encounter vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.

Before the recent cold and rainy weather, the photographers of the Tyler Paper captured the fall foliage in all of its glory. You can see their pictures here.

If you are looking for a specific route, the city of Athens Department of Tourism has a map of a 55-mile self-guided driving trail begins and ends at the Athens Partnership Center, 201 W. Corsicana St., Athens. The trail includes several points of interest: NY-TX Zipline Adventures, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, East Texas Arbor-etum and Tara Vineyard and Winery.

Also traditionally high on the list of must-see fall foliage routes is Farm-to-Market Road 14, beginning at Loop 323 in Tyler and continuing to Winnsboro, and Farm-to-Market Road 16 connecting Winona and Lindale

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says state parks offer some of the best views of fall foliage. Housed among the trees of the Pineywoods are Daingerfield, Lake Bob Sandlin, and Cooper Lake and Tyler state parks.


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