Caddo Lake Cruise

Jefferson, Texas

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You may be surprised to find a major nineteenth-century seaport beautifully preserved in the forests near the borders of Louisiana and Arkansas. Historic Jefferson has a unique look and feel and is among the most charming small towns in the state. It is a fun place to visit and makes a great base for cycling and sightseeing in NE Texas. Jefferson sits on Big Cypress Bayou near the western shoe of Caddo Lake, a huge naturally formed lake that spreads eastward into Louisiana. Jefferson is no longer a major commercial center, but its restored downtown maintains some of the atmosphere and feel of a prosperous nineteenth-century river port. Caddo Lake State Park is thickly forested and laced with swampy, cypress-filled bayous not far from the main body of the lake. Terrain: rolling hills. Road: traffic increases on the return from Caddo Lake State Park. There is an adequate shoulder on Texas 43, but the shoulder comes and goes on Texas 49, which has heavier traffic closer to Jefferson. Other roads are two lanes, light traffic.
Best Bike Rides in Texas

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Best Bike Rides in Texas

by Andy White (The Globe Pequot Press)

You may be surprised to find a major nineteenth-century seaport beautifully preserved in the forests near the borders of Louisiana and Arkansas. Historic Jefferson has a unique look and feel and is among the most charming small towns in the state. It is a fun place to visit and makes a great base for cycling and sightseeing in NE Texas. Jefferson sits on Big Cypress Bayou near the western shoe of Caddo Lake, a huge naturally formed lake that spreads eastward into Louisiana.

Jefferson is no longer a major commercial center, but its restored downtown maintains some of the atmosphere and feel of a prosperous nineteenth-century river port. Caddo Lake State Park is thickly forested and laced with swampy, cypress-filled bayous not far from the main body of the lake. Terrain: rolling hills. Road: traffic increases on the return from Caddo Lake State Park. There is an adequate shoulder on Texas 43, but the shoulder comes and goes on Texas 49, which has heavier traffic closer to Jefferson. Other roads are two lanes, light traffic.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Jefferson
Distance: 33.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Caddo Lake Cruise

Recent Trail Reviews

6/19/2006
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I felt the scenery was average at best and the roads were narrow and heavily traveled with loging trucks. Also this trip is in a remote location and the locals did not seem to react to cyclists very well.



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