El Camino Real de los Tejas – National Historic Trail

701 S Broadway St, San Augustine, TX
(936) 275-1108

Mission San Fransisco de la Espada

From the Rio Grande to the Red River Valley:┬áCome on a journey that will carry you through 300 years of Louisiana and Texas frontier settlement and development on a Spanish colonial “royal road” that originally extended to Mexico City, Mexico.┬áDuring the Spanish colonial period in America royal roads tied far-flung regions with Mexico City. Over this road, with its 2,500-mile route of ever changing new roadways and trails, came settlers, missionaries, and soldiers who populated the settlements, missions, and presidios of East Texas and Northwest Louisiana.

Mission Dolores

701 S Broadway St, San Augustine, TX
(936) 275-3815

Mission Dolores

Mission Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Ais was first established in 1717 along Ayish Bayou, approximately one quarter league west of the present site, south of San Augustine’s town center.

Located on high ground to the east of Ayish Bayou, it straddles a modern transportation corridor that has been in existence for over 300 years, originally called El Camino Real.

The mission site has been confirmed by archeological investigation and by historical records. Mission Dolores is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated State Archeological Landmark.

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Sabine National Forest

5050 Hwy 21 E, Hemphill, TX
(409) 625-1940

Sabine National Forest
Sabine National Forest offers a number of recreational sites for fishing, camping, and launching your boat into Toledo Bend Reservoir. Additionally, there are large wilderness areas for “exploration” and primitive camping and hunting. Several other hiking trails in the area offer possibilities for a real workout, or a gentle walk in the woods. State parks and recreation areas offer a range from primitive camping to housekeeping cabins.

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