Lone Star Legacies
Total Mileage/Average drive time
152 miles, 2 hours, 22 minutes
East Texas’s cache of historic attractions and traditions is as big and brawny as its legendary longhorn steers. Fort Worth’s famous stockyards, Canton’s century-old Trade Days market and Gladewater’s antique vendors are throwbacks to an earlier, grittier era ruled by cowpokes and cattle drives.
1. Fort Worth - Starting Point
You can experience a real western cattle drive twice each day on Exchange Avenue at the Fort Worth Herd. At the Stockyards National Historic District, view the cattle industry as it operated a century ago. Cheer for your favorite cowboys at Cowtown Coliseum’s year-round rodeo, and listen to Texas-styled tunes (or watch indoor bull riders) at Billy Bob’s Texas—the largest honky-tonk on planet earth. Wrap up your visit to Fort Worth at the city’s Cultural District, where five fascinating museums highlight art, architecture, science and history plus genuine glimpses of cowgirl culture—all located together in park-like surroundings.
Northlake Village RV Park
Northlake, (817) 430-3303
Loyd Park/Joe Pool Lake
Grand Prairie, (817) 467-2104
Bluebonnet Ridge RV Park & Cottages
Terrell, (972) 524-9600
2. Canton - 94 miles, 1 hour, 26 minutes
Would you like to browse through furnishings, clothing, accessories, electronics, plants, pets and a whole lot more at the biggest, oldest, continuously running outdoor market in the U.S.A.? Visit Canton during First Monday Trade Days, rain-or-shine events that take place on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays preceding the first Mondays of every month. The bustling 400-acre, 7,000-vendor market was established in 1850, and it currently occupies five separate locations. It's a great place to find a good deal. Also plan to see the historic bell collection and Native American artifacts at the Canton Plaza Museum, or taste-test wines at the Savannah and Texas Roads wineries.
3. Gladewater - 58 miles, 56 minutes
In the “Antique Capital of East Texas,” you can shop for vintage treasures in two dozen antique shops. On West Commerce, look for the historical marker at the site of one of Texaco Company’s first oil derricks and pumping units. Plan to attend local heritage events like East Texas Gusher Days in April, the town’s Round Up each June, and the September Arts and Crafts Festival.
Shallow Creek RV Resort
Gladewater, (888) 984-4513