The Texas Forest Trail invites you to take the time to share a story about East Texas with all of East Texas. The roots of those who live in East Texas run deep and strong. The area is known as the gateway to Texas. Texas heritage and culture are everywhere – from historic downtowns, restored buildings, landmarks, and designated historical sites.

“In a time when travel is discouraged, we implore you to share something about East Texas that speaks to you – the story about how your Uncle helped build the railroad, how a great grandfather owned the first clothing store downtown, your ghost encounter in a local hotel, or how many generations of your family have lived in East Texas,” said Del Polikretis, Executive Director of the Texas Forest Trail.

“We want to help you share these stories through our social media. They deserve to be told, especially at a time when reflection can help us focus on positive things. Tell us your stories of the days gone by and we will post them for all to read. It’s a way to have a human connection while we work together for the greater good of the community.”

All stories submitted will be posted on and throughout Texas Forest Trail’s social media. The Executive Board of the Forest Trail will choose the five most interesting stories submitted. They will be available at the end of the entry period on Facebook where our followers will vote on their favorite story entered. All five stories chosen will receive a We Are East Texas prize pack, and the story with the most votes will receive a $500 cash prize.

Stories may be submitted at The deadline for entries is May 31, 2020.

“As a non-profit, we are proud to serve the community and we will continue with our mission to connect people with how great our community is," Polikretis said.

For more information about the Texas Forest Trail please contact Polikretis at 936-560-3699 or or visit or

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