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Highways & Historic Roads

  • Camino Real National Scenic Byway by Delbert Trew
    The old road "Camino Real" or Royal Road may not be the oldest road in America but was completed in 1598... It begins at the San Juan Pueblo in northern New Mexico, goes 400 miles south to El Paso then on another 1,200 miles to Mexico City. The U.S. designated it a National Scenic Byway...
  • El Camino Real by Bob Bowman
    East Texas' oldest highway: The King's Highway (Texas 21) stretches from Toledo Bend Reservoir near Milam to San Antonio. It is also one of our most scenic roadways. The route was used by Indians and traveled by Spanish missionaries in 1791. It is also known as El Camino Real, the Old Spanish Trail, and the Old San Antonio Road." (From "Holiday Day Trips" by Bob Bowman)
  • Old Military Road
  • International Pavedway by Mike Cox
    The International Pavedway never existed anywhere but on a map, but most Texans have traveled it many times...
  • Old Military Road by Ken Rudine
    US 83 from Rio Grande City to Brownsville
  • The L-O-N-G Roads of Texas: Texas-State-Highway-16 by C. F. Eckhardt
    Texas’ state highways are some of the most interesting ways to travel. They pass through—not go around—interesting communities of every sort. The towns are both beautiful—sometimes (and sometimes not so beautiful)—and often historically interesting. The two longest state highways in Texas are Highway 16 and Highway 6. Both cut across scenic and historically significant parts of the state...
  • State Highway 207/Hamblen Drive by Mike Cox 10-11-12
    SH 207 cuts through Palo Duro Canyon and crosses the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. That segment, one Texas’ most scenic drives, honors Will H. Hamblen who spent much of his life making that roadway a reality.
  • U.S. 67 by Mike Cox
    It may not be the Mother Road, but U.S. 67 stretches 1,560 miles across five states, connecting Iowa to Mexico. The highway extends through Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois to the intersection of U.S. 52 in Sabula, Iowa, population 670. Six hundred thirty-seven miles of U.S. 67 are in Texas, from Presidio to Texarkana...
  • US 90 and US 67; Merging Highways by N. Ray Maxie
    "These two US Highways merge for 34 miles in far West Texas, mostly between Alpine and Marfa. There, together, they go through Alpine, skirt around the picturesque Paisano Peak and Twin Peaks, both 6050 feet high. Then on to Marfa where 67 leaves 90 and turns south into Presidio, ending at the Mexican border... 90/67 also passes another very interesting landmark. One you won’t want to miss..."
  • IH-10
    Neighbors Expedition by Clay Coppedge 9-6-13
    The drive from San Antonio to El Paso on IH-10 might be called boring or monotonous. But as Texas was established and settled, there was a whole world – some 600 miles – of rugged country between the two towns, a vast region made all the more treacherous by the presence of Comanches and other tribes...
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    Hill Country Drives

    Hill Country - Towns
  • FM 337 in the Hill Country - On the Trail of Texas Mountain Laurel & Fall Foliage
  • Hwy 16 - From Medina north to Kerrville, Fredericksburg & Llano
  • RM 1431
  • RM 2147
  • RM 2341
  • River Road - 10.6-mile scenic drive between Loop 337 in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake Dam which crosses the Guadalupe River four times
  • RR 32 - "Devel's Backbone"
  • Bandera Pass by Clay Coppedge 10-3-12
    One of the prettiest places in the Texas Hill Country is the part of State Highway 173 that twists its way through Bandera Pass not far from the Bandera-Kerr county line. The highway basically follows the same route through the hills that the Apache, Comanche, Spanish, U.S. Army, settlers and outlaws followed for centuries and where at least two major Indian battles might (or might not) have been fought...
  • Texas Hwy 71
  • A Pictorial Tour of Christmas in Texas
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    Central Texas Drives

    North Central Texas - Towns
    South Central Texas - Towns
    Texas Panhandle - Towns
    (Some Counties considered by many to be North Texas is included in the Panhandle by TXDoT)
  • Delightful Detour by Billy B. Smith
    "The sixteen-mile delightful detour reminds me that there once was another America, a wistful place full of pleasant and pensive scenery..."
  • FM 4 in Palo Pinto County
  • FM 109 - Colorado County. Between Frelsburg and Columbus
  • FM 116: In The Shadow of Fort Hood
  • FM 390 - La Bahia Scenic Highway in Washington County
  • FM 391, Robertson County
  • FM 532 - Less than 15 miles south of I-10 from Schulenburg
  • FM 1155 connects Chappell Hill with Old Washington.
  • FM 1375 - off Hwy 45: a day trip / scenic drive from Houston
  • FM 2843 - The old road to Austin
  • Bell County's Sunshine Road
    Three towns, one ghost town, four cemeteries, creeks and bridges ...
  • From Cuero to Arneckville Cemetery
  • The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney
  • The Chisholm Trail Rides Again by Clay Coppedge
    Anyone wanting to follow the Old Chisholm Trail through Bell County would find part of the quest relatively easy, at least as easy as driving on IH-35. The old trail roughly paralleled the Interstate from Salado to Belton. After that following the old trail might get a little trickier, though anyone who spends much time here passes or crosses it many more times than they could ever know... more
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    East Texas Drives
    East Texas - Towns
    Saratoga Ghost
  • Saratoga Ghost Road by Ken Rudine
    Two miles north of Saratoga off FM787 is the beginning of Bragg Road which travels north to FM1293. It is the Ghost Road where the Saratoga Mystery Light has appeared....
  • “Demons Rd” in Huntsville by Dana Goolsby
    Bowden Rd, perhaps better known as " Demons Rd,” leads to an old cemetery known as Martha’s Chapel Cemetery...
  • Upshur County
  • The Roads of Upshur County by Bob Bowman
    Most East Texas counties name their county roads with numbers or the names of people. But not Upshur County. Years ago county officials came up with the unique idea of naming one precinct of the county’s roads for animals, another for flowers, still another for trees and the fourth precinct for birds....
  • "Love's Look Out" on Highway 69, Jacksonville
  • East Texas Sunday Drives ( Excerpts from the book by Bob Bowman )
    Athens : Where the hamburger was invented
    Athens, New York, Texas Cheesecakes, LaRue, Brownsboro, Edom, Purtis Creek State Park, Eustace, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Caney City, Malakoff and Cross Roads
    Carthage : Music from two country masters
    Carthage, Jim Reeves, Tex Ritter, Tatum, DeBerry, Elysian Fields, Sabine River, Hendricks's Lake, Trammel's Trace, ghost town Harmony Hill, Martin Creek Lake State Park, Beckville, Fair Play and Rake Pocket.
    Huntsville : Old Sam, prisons and pine trees
    Huntsville, Oakhurst, Point Blank, Coldspring, Sam Houston National Forest, and Huntsville State Park
    Longview and Marshall : A metropolitan Sunday Drive
    Longview, Marshall, Hallsville, Scottsville, and Jonesville
    Palestine : Old homes, fruit cakes, and stained glass windows
    Palestine, Texas State Railroad, Davey Dogwood Park, Plenitude, Mound Prairie, Montalba, Tennessee Colony, Old Magnolia, Elkhart and Slocum
    Rusk : Mark Twain might have lived here
    Rusk, Alto, Jim Hogg State Park, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, two ghost towns, and the longest footbridge in the United States
    Tyler : A drive with beauty and history
    Tyler, Tyler State Park, Winona, Starrville, Troup, Burning Bush, Lake palestine, Mount Sylvan, Lindale and old Steen Saline
  • El Camino Real
    East Texas' oldest highway: The King's Highway (Texas 21) stretches from Toledo Bend Reservoir near Milam to San Antonio. It is also one of our most scenic roadways. The route was used by Indians and traveled by Spanish missionaries in 1791. It is also known as El Camino Real, the Old Spanish Trail, and the Old San Antonio Road." (From "Holiday Day Trips" by Bob Bowman)
  • Sabine National Forest - From Center, take Hwy 87, FM 417 and FM 2694 to Boles Field Recreational Area, and other Forest Services Roads in Sabine National Forest
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    West Texas Drives
    West Texas - Towns
    Texas Panhandle - Towns
    (Some Counties considered by many to be West Texas is included in the Panhandle by TXDoT)
    Road Side Park
  • Signal Peak Road Side Park by Barclay Gibson 5-4-12
    Culberson County abandoned roadside park
  • The Drives to Guadalupe Peak by Barclay Gibson
    US180, Hwy 54
  • FM 1111 - West Texas view with yucca near Sierra Blanca
  • Hwy 290, 20-mile scenic drive off I-10 to Sheffield in Pecos County, West Texas
  • US 90 and US 67; Merging Highways by N. Ray Maxie
    "These two US Highways merge for 34 miles in far West Texas, mostly between Alpine and Marfa. There, together, they go through Alpine, skirt around the picturesque Paisano Peak and Twin Peaks, both 6050 feet high. Then on to Marfa where 67 leaves 90 and turns south into Presidio, ending at the Mexican border... 90/67 also passes another very interesting landmark. One you won’t want to miss..."
  • IH-10
    Neighbors Expedition by Clay Coppedge 9-6-13
    The drive from San Antonio to El Paso on IH-10 might be called boring or monotonous. But as Texas was established and settled, there was a whole world – some 600 miles – of rugged country between the two towns, a vast region made all the more treacherous by the presence of Comanches and other tribes...
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    Texas Gulf Coast Drives

    Texas Gulf Coast - Towns

    In Plain Sight
  • In Plain Sight by Ken & Yvonne Rudine
    A Sunday drive from Rockport to Houston
  • Turning 77 on 288 or "We just left where we thought we were headed." by Ken Rudine
  • Route 77: “The Padre Road”
    Victoria, Texas to the Rio Grande Valley
    Seven Bridges, Five Rivers, Two Creeks and One Interesting Drive
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    Texas Panhandle Drives

    Texas Panhandle - Towns

  • Did lost colony in the Okla. Panhandle exist? by Delbert Trew 11-17-10
    The drive from Boise City to Black Mesa, Kenton, Folsom, then over the top of Johnson Mesa into Raton from the east is our favorite drive in the entire Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico area.
  • FM 669 - Between Post and Gail - reaches edge of Texas High Plains, or the Llano Estacado
  • State Highway 207/Hamblen Drive by Mike Cox 10-11-12
    SH 207 cuts through Palo Duro Canyon and crosses the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. That segment, one Texas’ most scenic drives, honors Will H. Hamblen who spent much of his life making that roadway a reality.
  • Verbena - "...Verbena is 4.4 miles North of Hwy 380 on FM 2008. ...
    The drive is scenic and thus well worth [an] altered route. Continuing North on 2008 was just as scenic and reminded me of the Texas Plains Trail on Hwy 70 & 207 from Borger to Dickens." - David Higgins, Lubbock, Texas, September 14, 2005
  • Silverton, Panhandle scenic drives
  • Borger, Panhandle scenic drive
  • "39-mile drive from Amarillo to the old ghost town of Tascosa, now home for Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch. Via FM 1061, it’s one of the more scenic drives in the Panhandle." from Mike Cox's "Sunday Drives."
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    South Texas Drives

    South Texas - Towns

  • Old Military Road by Ken Rudine
    US 83 from Rio Grande City to Brownsville
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