13 Most Beautiful Dogwood And Azalea Trails In East Texas (2023)

East Texas is home to the crown jewels of gardens, parks, and historic home sites with masses of azaleas, dogwood trees, and spring flowers that you must see to believe. Spring flowers in East Texas begin arriving mid-March and bloom for about six weeks. Spend a few days or weekends exploring dozens of dogwood and azalea trails, gardens, festivals, and celebrations of all things in bloom.

Here are 13 of the top dogwood and azalea gardens and trails in East Texas in no particular order.

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1. Davey Dogwood Park, Palestine

Dogwood, Magnolias, And Redbud Trees

March 17–April 2

Watch for white or pink blossoms everywhere in the Palestine area, but for the premier show, visit Davey Dogwood Park, a 254-acre public park at 900 N Link Street. You can hike 8 miles of trails or drive 5 miles on roads, viewing forests painted with beautiful white and pink dogwood blooms. The park is excellent for picnics, and don’t miss the view from Manley Mountain, the highest point in the county. The children will love the fairy gardens; follow the signs.

Pro Tip: See a map of the park here.

2. Dogwood Lunch Train, Palestine

Dogwoods, Magnolias, And Red Bud Trees

March 18, 25, And April 1

Ride the Dogwood Lunch Train from Palestine to Rusk on March 18, 25, and April 1, and you will enjoy a comfortable seat at the Dogwood Days springtime show. Watch the luminous pink and white dogwood blooms light up the East Texas Piney Woods as they pass by your window. Lunch will be served at the Rusk Rail Depot. Allow for a 4-hour round trip. Check the schedule for other train rides.

Shop at Wells Creek Crossing and eat pie at the hidden jewel Oxbow Bakery. Indulge in lunch or dinner at Queen Street Grille in the Redlands Hotel, 400 N Queen Street.

Featuring mile after mile of spectacular blooming azaleas, dogwoods, tulips, daffodils, and then later in April, you’ll see roses as far as the eyes can see in Tyler. Please don’t feel restricted by the dates since the flower buds arrive earlier and bloom longer. Check Tyler’s website for updates on blooming schedules.

3. Dobbs Trail And The Lindsey Trail, Tyler

Azaleas, Dogwoods, Tulips, Daffodils, And Roses

March 24–April 9

There are two azalea trails in Tyler, the Dobbs Trail and the Lindsey Trail. Both are named after the streets, each about 10 miles long, winding through the picturesque Azalea National Historic District.

Begin on the downtown square and head south on Broadway Avenue and watch for the signs that invite you to enter private backyards to see flowers. Be sure to visit the block bordered by College, Dobbs, Lindsay, and Broadway. National magazines repeatedly feature these famous yards. You’ll also see young ladies in Antebellum period clothing attending some of the gardens.

The Azalea Arts and Crafts Fair is returning to Tyler’s Bergfeld Park. You can purchase flowering plants and gather tips on growing or landscaping your garden. Shop 70 booths offering handcrafted items like quilts, pottery, paintings, jewelry, clothing, candles, and more.

4. The Goodman-LeGrand Museum And Gardens, Tyler

Azaleas And Roses

Tuesday–Saturday, March 21–April 8

Tour the Goodman-LeGrand Museum and Gardens, Tuesday through Saturday, at 624 N Broadway Avenue. You’ll see the most beautiful azaleas and rose gardens. What a treat!

5. Pyron Garden, Tyler

Azaleas, Tulips, And Roses

March 24–April 9

At 212 W Dobbs, Pyron Garden is a private backyard garden with beautifully landscaped azaleas, tulips, and roses. Unfortunately, Mr. Guy Pyron passed away in March 2020, but the private garden will live on.

6. Ina Brundrett Azalea Garden, Tyler


March 24–April 9

Be sure to check out the Ina Brundrett Azalea Garden (PDF) on Tyler Junior College’s campus, near the duck pond, west of the Tyler Museum of Art. You’ll find many types of azaleas, including extensive plantings of the re-blooming Encore varieties.

Azaleas do best with partial sun, morning sun, and afternoon shade. If there is too much shade, they will not bloom. Azaleas need to drain but stay moist; once established, they won’t need water as often. Azaleas grow best in acidic soil where pine trees grow. Apply pine bark mulch to hold in moisture.

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7. Tyler Rose Garden, Tyler

Roses And Spring Flowers

Mid-April Through Mid-October

Explore more than 600 varieties amid 32,000 bushes that make up the nation’s most extensive collection of roses, all for free. Celebrating for over 50 years, visit the Rose Capital in the spring from mid-April through mid-October.

Pro Tip: Stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn, Tyler’s oldest bed and breakfast. The manor is a restored historical landmark with rates including a full delicious breakfast served in the formal dining room. 611 W Woldert Street. (903) 533-9057.

Janie’s Cakes opened in 1987, bakes pound cakes from all-natural ingredients, backed by skills learned at the New York Culinary Institute of America. 308 East Front Street. (903) 592-6150.

Enjoy lunch Tuesday to Friday at the Museum Cafe at the Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S Mahon Avenue, the town’s best-kept secret. Save room for the fresh-baked cobbler.

You may hear “Have a rosy day” more than once as you explore this city of flowers.

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8. Ruby M Mize Azalea Garden, Nacogdoches

Azaleas, Camelias, Japanese Maples, And Spring Flowers

March 24–April 9

The most extensive azalea garden in Texas, the Ruby M Mize Azalea Garden, is located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches — or “Nac” as the locals call it—at 2107 University Drive. Guided tours of the Mize Garden are available weekdays during the season for a small fee. Be astounded by over 6,500 azaleas, 200 camellias, and 180 varieties of Japanese Maples along more than a mile of walking trails across 11 acres.

Download the Azalea Trail 2023 Brochure showing the Ruby M Mize Garden and three trails totaling 25 miles of driving routes through beautifully landscaped residential areas. Each course starts at the Visitor Center, at 200 E Main Street, near the Nacogdoches Fire Museum.

9. The Southern Indica Trail, Nacogdoches

Azaleas And Spring Flowers

March 24–April 9

The Southern Indica Trail, 8 miles featuring Indica azaleas, takes you past the Durst-Taylor Historic House and Garden, the Stone Fort Museum, and the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, plus the Old University Building, dating back to 1859.

10. The Evergreen Azalea Trail, Nacogdoches

Azaleas And Spring Flowers

March 24–April 9

The Evergreen Azalea Trail winds 9 miles past mostly evergreen azaleas. It steers you by the Mast Arboretum and Oak Grove Cemetery, the final resting place of four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

11. The Fashion Azalea Trail, Nacogdoches

Azaleas, Camelias, And Spring Flowers

March 24–April 9

The Fashion Azalea Trail, 8 miles long, takes you by The Gayla-Mize Garden and Demonstration Garden, including azaleas and camellias. Zion Hill Baptist Church is home to one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in Texas.

12. Stephen F. Austin Mast Arboretum, Nacogdoches

Shade Plants, Gingers, Polinators, And Agaves

March 24–April 9

The SFA Mast Arboretum is just a short walk over the bridge from the Ruby M. Mize Garden, with 7,500 species of shade-tolerant plants, gingers, pollinator plants, agaves, and more across 10 acres.

Pro Tip: Stay at the Hardeman House Bed and Breakfast, 316 N Church Street, downtown, just two blocks from historic brick Main Street. (936) 205-5280.

The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center, 200 N Fredonia, is where mid-century modern luxury meets local. Dine in the hotel at 1st City Cafe, Nine Flags Bar, or Republic Steakhouse — the place to go for a perfectly cooked steak. Fredonia was named for an 1826 rebellion when area settlers briefly declared themselves independent from Mexico as the Republic of Fredonia.

There are plenty of antique shops downtown. Or get a cupcake at Blue Horse Bakery. Sip a brew at Fredonia Brewery, have a glass of wine at Red House Winery, or visit The Bosslight, a curated bookstore with the best Texas authors. View the Cole Arts Center, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art exhibition center at the Old Opera House. Sample Tall Pines Vodka and other artisan craft spirits at Front Porch Distillery.

13. Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden, Gladewater

Acres Of Daffodils

February And March

These aren’t azaleas, but what a best-kept secret in East Texas! Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden, a private paradise tucked away on 816 acres that transform every February and March to golden cascades of yellow daffodils scattered over 28 acres. Wander along a 4-mile trail that meanders around two lakes, between wooded valleys, and around a replica pioneer log cabin. The garden opens around the middle of February and remains open through March or later, depending on Mother Nature, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.

The garden is closed if the roads are wet. Contact the Daffodil Gardens directly at (903) 845-5780 for blooming schedules and road conditions. The park’s future remaining open depends on the number of people who visit and register their attendance. The Helen Lee Foundation manages the garden at 21600 CR 3103, Gladewater.

East Texas towns like Palestine, Tyler, and Nacogdoches entice visitors year-round. Spring is a grand time to explore these bountiful pink and white dogwood blooms and azaleas adorned in colors of pink, purple, red, yellow, orange, and white.

Pro Tips: Download Before You Go

Download the Visit Nac app (available for both Apple and Google Play) for planning and trip information to Nacogdoches. Download the EGuide Tyler app (also available for both Apple and Google Play) for events and things to do in Tyler. And download the Visit Palestine, TX app for all things Palestine.

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