Cathedrals of tall, green pines? Wetlands and bayous? Believe it or not, Texas is home to these landscapes in the Piney Woods region, located along the state’s eastern border. Explore the region’s diverse habitats at the Big Thicket National Preserve. Hike through dense woodlands, and paddle along the bayous, creeks and river wetlands. This landscape has attracted residents for centuries. The Caddo Mounds State Historic Site was home to early Native American inhabitants, and Nacogdoches is the oldest town in the state. Take a scenic drive, and you may find a Spanish mission, quaint small towns, picturesque lakes and beautiful national forest scenes.