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Autumn in Winnsboro
A Magical Time of Year

As the days get shorter and shorter and the nights get cooler and cooler something magical is about to happen in Winnsboro: Autumn Trails! The festival began when a few friends gathered on a cool, crisp October morning in 1958 to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage in the area on horseback. What started that Sunday morning 65 years ago can only be described as legendary.

In 2023 Autumn Trails celebrated its 65th Anniversary! 

Welcome to East Texas! While most anytime of year is a good opportunity for a day-cation, or stay-cation, it seems fall and Autumn Trails is a favorite time of year to take one of the rural roadway driving tours ~ with Winnsboro serving as the gateway to the Piney Woods of east Texas.


We look forward as Autumn sneaks in with cool, crisp mornings to break the hot and humid summer weather, heralded in with Autumn Trails activities in and around Winnsboro each October.


The self-guided driving tours map covers beautiful portions of the official State of Texas Forest Trails, winding roads and rolling hills framed by the towering pines and hardwood trees turning beautiful colors and leaves start falling, including the canopied roads of Peckerwoods Flats and the lake areas of Wood and Franklin Counties.


Many folks come together with their hands, hearts and expertise in planning and executing our Autumn Trails events to make crowd-pleasing and family-centered times, for 65 years.


From car parades to youth and mule rodeo (free admission), Trail Rides with horses and wagons, contests from pet, beard, pie, cake, chili and hot pepper eating, beauty pageant, live music, trades days, arts and crafts: We hope to see you around town in October. Our calendar of events and news is located here:

For inquiries, contact 903-342 dash 1958

Email:   winnsboroautumntrails AT



Autumn Trails 1965, Con Jordan and grandson AT Board Member Mack Jordan enjoy the Duncanville to Winnsboro Trail Ride. According to Mack the team belonged to Lundy Corley, and he was 2 years old at the time.


The old car parade is always the 4th Saturday each October.  It starts at the railroad tracks 2.5 miles west of town, and gets to downtown around 10:15; the cars park on Main Street and downtown bustles with many activities, arts and crafts, contest, and store sales throughout the day.

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October is a magical time of year in Winnsboro! The history. The fun. The memories. That's what makes Winnsboro Home of the Autumn Trails for 65 years. The year 2023 promises to be just as chocked full of activities. Check back often for updates and information!

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