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About Us


We've Been Welcoming Travelers
To Texas Before It Was Even A State

In Fact, We Named It

Our native settlers the
Caddo, called the first Spanish explorers “Tejas”, which
means friends.

Who We Are

The Texas Forest Trail Region was designated by the State in 2001 as an official “Heritage Region” of Texas. It is one of 10 regions in Texas which comprise the award-winning Heritage Trails Program developed by the Texas Historical Commission.

What We Do

The Texas Forest Trail Region supports communities, historic sites and attractions in East Texas, encourages economic development through heritage tourism, education, marketing, and historic preservation initiatives.

Who We Serve

The Texas Forest Trail Region (501c3 nonprofit) serves communities in and travelers to a thirty-five county region in East Texas. Our office is located in Nacogdoches in the award winning Charles Bright Visitor Center.

Mission Statement

The Texas Forest Trail Region is a network of partners working together to foster regional economic development by promoting heritage tourism and the preservation of cultural and historic resources.