America's Scenic Byways

Texas Lakes Trail

1008 miles - Plan for a few hours to enjoy sections or a week to enjoy the region.

Geographically and historically, the Texas Lakes Trail Region of North Texas has long been a meeting place. Once, a great ancient sea met the land here. The sea receded. The land became rolling tall grass prairies located between piney woods to the east and wind-blown plains to the west. Immigration into the new Republic of Texas came into the Region on Preston Road and cattle were taken north on the same route. After the Civil War, millions of cattle were drive north through the Lakes Trail Region to markets in Kansas.

This vast region of North Central Texas tells the story of the early Texas settlers. Many immigrant and cattle trails crisscross the region, and the history is here for you to explore. The Lakes Trail provides a number of thematic itineraries that take you off the beaten path through the cross timbers, rolling hills and grasslands. Take time to experience Texas history in our historic towns when you travel through the region.