Texas Parks & Trails

23 Sep

One of my favorite things to do in East Texas is explore!  There’s so much history in this lush forest area that I discover new people and places all the time.  Sometimes it feels like I’m on vacation in my own backyard.

Mission Tejas State Park in Weches, Texas is a relatively small, off-the-beaten-path destination full of historical landmarks, trails and Missions.  The Missions here date back to the 1600’s and Mission Tejas is home to the first established Mission in Texas.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”  John Muir 

One of the trails I discovered was the original El Camino Real.  In fact, Mission Tejas is the only place where folks can actually walk along this most celebrated path once trodden by Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and Stephen F. Austin, just to name a few.

Of course, I ran the trail as far as I could until the well-worn path disappeared under a canyon and into the hay fields but rest assured, it’s a smooth path that’s just as easy to hike with your kids.  

There are a number of steep trails for the adventurous weekend warriors, as well as several other historical trails, including “Cart Road” and the “Old San Antonio Road”.    

This State Park is a special treat for Geocachers, with several caches tucked away hither and yon.  Be sure to get a map at their State Park Store, indulge in a fun souvenir and ask for the best bird watching locations.    

Pack your picnic basket, grab the kids, load up your bicycles and don’t forget the family dog for Mission Tejas’ Annual Antique Tractor, Car & Motorcycle Show on October 2, 2010.  The family fun lasts from 10am to 4pm.    

The ancient Caddo Indian Mounds State Historic Site is just a few miles down the road from Mission Tejas in Alto, Texas.  Their paths are well maintained and easy to walk with comfortable benches along the way for you to sit, relax and commune with nature.    

The peaceful Caddo Indians will also be celebrating on October 2, 2010 from 10am to 4pm with their annual Caddo Cultural Day.    

Caddo Cultural Day includes:    

  • hot rock cooking
  • cultural dancing
  • traditional music
  • ancient art displays
  • a mock archeological dig
  • spear-throwing contests
  • flintknapping
  • pottery making and decorating

For more information about these upcoming celebrations, contact Mission Tejas State Park at (936) 687-2394 and Caddo Mounds State Historical Site at (936) 858-3218.

2 Responses to “Texas Parks & Trails”

  1. tagesgeld vergleich October 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    I usually don’t post in Blogs but your blog forced me to, amazing work.. beautiful …


    • Lynn Van Noy November 4, 2010 at 11:56 am #

      Thank you for the lovely visit. So glad you like.


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