“Caddo Lake” by Wendy Floyd. See more of her work on her company website, Simply Pictures.

As soon as the weather starts to cool, the number of opportunities to get out and enjoy the Upper East Side of Texas increases significantly. It’s like that every year, but in this “pandemic pause” of 2020 it seems more important than ever.

There are a handful of special events taking place that promise social distancing and other safety measures. Most of the farmers’ markets continue through at least the end of October. See a list of County Line market partners to find one close by or to plan a day trip around.

Pictured is Caddo Lake, an adventure like no other. Caddo Lake State Park has a video to learn more. Boat tours go out from several locations around the lake. Big Cypress Tours, Captain Ron’s Swamp Tours, and Johnson’s Ranch Marina come with knowledgable guides and high ratings.

Much of the region is part of the Prairies and Lakes section of Texas. The lakes are popular for fishing, swimming, boating, and other water sports. Search LAKES in the County Line Magazine Things To Do for a list of lakes in the region and what they have to offer.

A favorite autumn activity for many this time of year is to pick a small town for a getaway home base, then explore the forest-lined backroads full of beautiful turning leaves. The fall foliage here is worth a trip on its own. For those who want more, each town has their own unique offerings for shopping, dining, and other things to do, plus places to stay.

The region is home to numerous zip lines, drive-through safaris and wildlife centers, nature trails, arboretums, and many other outdoor activities. Go to and start planning your next adventure.

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