Friday, March 3, 2017

Early Season Blooms

Howard House Museum 3/3/17
You have seen it across East Texas and it is happening in Palestine, Texas too!  We are seeing a beautiful array of flowering trees and bushes throughout the area.

Due to the unseasonably warm winter, we are recommending that if you are coming for the blooms, March 9th through 13th are looking to be the best time to see the most blossoms.  

We do expect the blooming season to be steady beyond these dates with Dogwoods in the canopy and along the trail in Davey Dogwood Park to continue blooming through April 3rd.
Reagan Park 3/2/17

Please visit to see a complete list of accommodations and visit for a full schedule of events for the 79th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration!

For more information about things to do and see while you are in Palestine, stop in at the Palestine Visitor Center at 825 W. Spring Street or call 800-659-3484.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Signs of Spring

This week has produced a myriad of blooms including a few that are early!  We are spotting Suacer Magnolias, Lady Banks Roses, Redbuds, Azaleas and Dogwoods! Yes, you read that right, Dogwoods are already starting to bloom in Palestine, Texas!  Some Luck!

While the majority of the Dogwoods are still waiting for the right moment, there are a few early risers being spotted around town.   These blooms mostly have been found in areas around town that are under a large canpoy of trees, where Dogwoods thrive.  

The Dogwood traditionally blooms in Palestine, Texas in late March and into early April, but this year, we may be in for an early treat!  

On Monday, Palestine welcomed some really strong rains, which have forced Davey Dogwood Park to be closed this week while fallen trees and debris are removed from the roadways, but we will update you on the blooms in the park as soon as access is granted!

Subscribe to be first to know each time we post an update to the Dogwood Bloom Watch so you know when the best time to visit will be!

For more information about the 79th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, visit or call 903-723-3014.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Springtime in Palestine Texas 3/29/16

New blossoms late in the season at Davey Dogwood Park 3/29/16
 This weekend marks the third and final weekend for the 78th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration and while we did not see the blooms we had hoped for this upcoming weekend, we do still have blooms in the parks and throughout the community.

A drive through Davey Dogwood Park will offer peaceful and scenic views of the forest and a peek at a Dogwood blossom every now and then.  Photos taken today do show that we still have blossoms n the park, so the best way to get a peek at them is to pack a lunch and have a picnic in the park!  

Dogwood in bloom at Davey Dogwood Park 3/29/16

Meanwhile in other areas throughout the city, Azaleas, Wisteria, Lady Banks and Bluebonnets are putting on a beautiful display for visitors and residents here. 

Azaleas in bloom near Davey Dogwood Park 3/28/16

Wisteria at the bus entrance to Davey Dogwood Park

The Naylor House in full bloom on N. Sycamore Street

Lady Banks Roses overflowing

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dogwood Bloom Watch 3/14/16

Davey Dogwood Park - Picnic Area 3/14/16
The skies are blue today and Davey Dogwood Park is starting to bloom! While many of the trees throughout the park are still leafing and budding, many of the Dogwood trees that are not under the full canopy of the trees are in full bloom!

Mother Nature is going to be really tricky this year.  We are predicting a slow and steady opening of the Dogwoods with many trees phasing out of bloom while new one phase in

Monday, March 7, 2016

Dogwood Bloom Watch 3-7-16

Reagan Park, Palestine Texas

With an extremely mild winter and plenty of rainfall and beautiful weather, Palestine is seeing incredible blooms in the area.

Daily bloom watch drives have offered a beautiful backdrop for the area with the redbuds and ornamental Bradford pears in full bloom this week.  "I do not recall a more vibrant and abundant year of the redbud than we are witnessing in 2016." Dana Goolsby of commented last week.  

It would be nearly impossible to drive anywhere in Palestine and in the surrounding areas and not catch a glimpse of the vibrant fuchsia blossoms that cluster along the branches and trunks, a phenomenon called cauliflory.

The budding spring is also obliging a few Dogwoods to open early at Davey Dogwood Park and across town.  While we have only spotted 2 mature Dogwoods opening at the park, we have seen many of the dogwoods leafing out and could see early blooms throughout the area this year.

To find a full schedule of events and activities for the 78th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, visit  

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Forest Awakens

Weeks away from the 78th annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, the flowering trees are starting to give us a sneak peek for the season.  This year’s theme for the Celebration, “The Forest Awakens” fits hand in hand with the landscape of Davey Dogwood Park this week. 

Launched in 1938, the annual Texas Dogwood Trails celebration has been a staple for springtime in East Texas.  Davey Dogwood Park became the central location of the annual event in February 1944, when Mr. M.A. Davey, a Palestine oil main, purchased this tract of land and deeded it to Anderson County to be used as a park of natural beauty.  The park offers more than five and one-half miles of hard-surfaced roads to follow with majestic pines, red buds, wild plum trees and of course the graceful dogwood.

The history of the dogwood tree goes back to 1731 when it was first cultivated, but the origin and true dates for the tree are unknown. The dogwood trees’ history is steeped with broad cultural uses, from a signal that it was time to plant crops for Native Americans to the many uses for the wood as various tools supporting day to day activities in small business and farming for early settlers. 

Become part of the history of the dogwood by visiting historic Palestine and experience our attractions, exciting events, unique shopping and local flavor - recently named one of the top Travel Destinations in Texas. Activities are scheduled each weekend to compliment the Celebration, including the Dogwood Trails festival on Saturday, March 19th in historic downtown Palestine. Don't miss the Piney Woods Train Excursion at the Texas State Railroad, tours at the historic Redlands Inn, Dulcimer Music Festival, Main Street Farm & Flower Market, live productions at the Texas Theatre and much more.

The Dogwood Trails Celebration is the last two weekends in March and the first weekend in April each year.  

Find more information on the 78th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration at

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dogwood Bloom Watch 4-2-15

Davey Dogwood Park - 3-31-15
Photo by Michael Barnett

Spring has definitely sprung in Palestine, Texas.

 We are coming up on the last weekend of the 77th annual Dogwood Trails Celebration.
The majority of the dogwoods in Davey Dogwood Park are in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous. If you are planning to come in this Easter Weekend, make sure to drive around our historic neighborhoods and see the beautiful blooms (our azaleas are even popping out!).  

           Find a full schedule of events and activities at 

Travel Tip: Don't miss the Easter Sunrise Service at Manley Mountain in Davey Dogwood Park - Sunday, April 5th at 7:00 a.m.  

Pink Dogwoods - 4-1-2015
Palestine, TX - Historic District

Azaleas - 4-1-2015
Palestine, Texas  - Historic District

Chinese Empress Tree
Palestine, Texas - Historic District

About Palestine, Texas:  Palestine is a charming East Texas town that boasts more than 1,800 historic sites, including the Main Street District. Home to the Texas State Railroad and Dogwood Trails, Palestine is graced with stately homes, gorgeous scenic drives and a Texas friendly welcome that offers a true Southern experience.  

Established in 1846, Palestine continues its tradition of small-town hospitality.  We invite you to visit Historic Palestine and experience our attractions, exciting events, unique shopping and local flavor - recently named one of the top Travel Destinations in Texas.  

                               Find our online Visitor Guide at