THE GREAT OUTDOORS
PINEYWOODS AUTUMN TRAIL: ATHENS TO PALESTINE
Each autumn in Athens and Palestine, the picturesque landscape transforms to the vibrant colors as leaves begin to turn throughout the East Texas woodlands. The City of Athens Department of Tourism and Palestine Visitor Center have partnered together to offer visitors a 145-mile scenic driving trail along breathtaking scenic highways and byways connecting the two cities.
LAKE CREEK BLUEBERRY FARM
Join us at Lake Creek Blueberry Farm in Montalba, TX for the best fruit, service and family experience! This year, we will offer pre-picked and u-pick options. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 903.386.8200 if you have any questions. See you at the farm!
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DAVEY DOGWOOD PARK
The 200 acre park is open year-round and has five miles of hard surface roads, unincorporated hiking trails and scenic views. Don’t miss the Dogwoods blooming the last two weekends in March and first weekend of April and the fall foliage during November.
ANDERSON COUNTY LIVESTOCK PAVILION & EXPO CENTER
The Boston’s Buckin’ BBQ Cook-off, Bullriding and Kid’s Rodeo takes place every March during the Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration. Other rodeo events include the UBBI (United Bucking Bulls, Inc.and much more. Located at HWY 287N 903-731-4943
GUS ENGELING WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (GEWMA)
Located in Northwest Anderson county, this 10,958-acre area was purchased from 1950-1960 under the Pittman-Robertson Act using Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funds. Open year-round for public hunting, hiking, camping, bird watching and a host of other outdoor recreational opportunities. www.tpwd.state.tx.us
PALESTINE COMMUNITY FOREST
Contains 700 acres of pine and hardwood tress offering scenic drives leading to lakes with fishing and picnicking. Sumac, yaupon and sweetgum tress add accents of brilliant color during autumn.
Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that's happening right now, all around you even in Palestine, Texas. www.geocaching.com
Lake Palestine, located 30 minutes from Palestine, is a 25,600 acre recreational destination on the Neches River. With a total length of 18 miles, 135 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 16.25 ft, Lake Palestine offers plenty of room for fishing, boating, skiing and much more!
MR & MS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Open to public November (day after Thanksgiving) and December each year. www.mrandmrstrees.com
The historic park was named for John H. Reagan, a Palestine resident pioneer and Postmaster General of the Confederacy U.S. Senator. Established in 1911 from a tract of land known as Micheaux Woods. The bandstand was built in 1976 for the U.S. Bicentennial and is home to Splash Park & the Museum for East Texas Culture.
When you make the drive to Grapeland Safari you will see a wide range of animals from all over the world. Drive through our 59 acre park in your own car. There are also pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo and a gift shop with unique souvenirs and refreshments. www.grapelandsafari.com
GARZILLA ALLIGATOR GAR GUIDE SERVICE
Specializing in trophy gar fishing and rod and reel. The Garzilla Guide Service has been featured on the Animal Planet, History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and much more. www.garfishingguide.com
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BIRDING IN ANDERSON COUNTY
There are numerous public sites in Anderson County for birding. One of the most popular is the Gus Engling Wildlife Management Area located on U.S. Hwy 287. Birds of Anderson County, Texas Detail
PALESTINE FARMERS MARKET
Local farmers’ set-up throughout the week with some vendors open daily and others open 3-4 days a week. Enjoy squash, cantaloupe, cucumbers, peas, tomatoes, peaches, watermelons, sweet onions, fresh-picked can goods, and various fruits and veggies. The Farmers Market is located at 815 W. Spring St next to the Palestine Visitor Center.
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RIVER RUN ATV PARK
River Run ATV Park is located on the beautiful Neches River, between Palestine and Jacksonville. The guests of River Run enjoy playing on over 2,000 acres of private land. Many people enjoy riding their ATV, 4 x 4 trucks, horses, and other off-road vehicles. Canoe rentals available. www.riverunpark.com
PINE DUNES GOLF COURSE
Awarded Golf Weekly’s #1 course in Texas and #26 in America for 2011. Open year-round. Located at 159 PR 7019 in Frankston, 23 miles from Palestine on HWY 155. www.pinedunes.com
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ELKHART GOLF COURSE
An 18-hole golf course located about twelve miles south of Palestine at 1740 FM 1817 in Elkhart. 903-764-2461
DISC GOLF COURSE IN GREENS PARK
The course has nine baskets with three tees for each basket, giving the course a total of 27 holes to play. Greens Park is located at the corner of N. Queen St. and W. Cherokee St.
WILDCAT GOLF COURSE
A 9-hole, multi-tee layout with driving range. Wildcat Golf Course is located off Loop 256 at the corner of North Link St. and Country Club Road.
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