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The Caddo’s Turkey Dance Endures as a Symbol of Survival and Celebration

The Caddo’s Turkey Dance Endures as a Symbol of Survival and Celebration

Three years ago, perhaps you saw the bizarre and wonderful viral video in which a small flock of about two dozen wild turkeys stalked in continuous circles around a dead cat in the middle of a suburban street.

A Year After the Tornado, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Provides a Lesson in Resilience

A Year After the Tornado, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Provides a Lesson in Resilience

At first glance, filled with the bright blooms and lyrical birdsong of early spring, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site seems a place of endless peace, inhabited only by the beauty of nature and the whispers of its rich and ancient past.

Against All Odds, Caddo Lake Prevails

Against All Odds, Caddo Lake Prevails

The great cypress swamp is lovely, dark, and deep. There is no debating this. The wildly intricate and critter-infested maze of bayous, lakes, ponds, sloughs, and interconnected channels known as Caddo Lake and Big Cypress Bayou is one of the country’s most spectacular nature shows. It contains arguably the most diverse collection of species in Texas. The place has a mystical feel, too, an impression enhanced by the ghostly Spanish moss that drapes the trees, by the cypress roots known as “knees” that rise from the swirling mists like Excalibur in the Arthurian legend, by the lily pads with lotus flowers that spread everywhere and suggest Celtic fairylands.

Water Weed-Devouring Weevils Helping Clear up Caddo Lake

Water Weed-Devouring Weevils Helping Clear up Caddo Lake

Anglers and paddlers, rejoice: Caddo Lake is back.

Once largely overrun by giant salvinia, a highly invasive aquatic fern, the lake has benefited from a combination of freezing weather last winter and the release of more than 200,000 salvinia-munching weevils—the same kind that keep salvinia in check in the noxious weed’s native Brazil, the Marshall News Messenger reports.

A Canoe Exploration of Caddo Lake’s Creatures and History

A Canoe Exploration of Caddo Lake’s Creatures and History

Two hours into my canoeing adventure on Caddo Lake, I saw an osprey swoop down into the water and emerge with a fish clutched in its beak. I was debating whether the raptor would stick around long enough for me to pull out my binoculars when an enterprising bald eagle suddenly appeared and struck the osprey in mid-air. The osprey tumbled but managed to keep the fish, and then flew higher. My group watched in wonder as the two magnificent birds circled one another over the lake’s cypress forest for several minutes.

Texas’ Top Natural Wonders: Caddo Lake

Texas’ Top Natural Wonders: Caddo Lake

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“I rented a kayak and paddled my way across the tea-colored water and green lawns of giant salvinia.

Texas Top 40 No. 37, Caddo Lake State Park

Texas Top 40 No. 37, Caddo Lake State Park

Every Texan should experience the primordial mystery of Caddo Lake State Park. With its ghostly, century-old cypress trees draped with gray-green Spanish moss, cozy cabins built in the 1930s, and a history that encompasses pearl hunting and steamboating, a Caddo getaway works efficiently to re-set your perspective.

Editor’s Note: Adventure Awaits

Editor’s Note: Adventure Awaits

I asked my kids recently about their favorite places we’ve visited in Texas. They quickly rattled off four state and national parks—Big Bend, Caddo Lake, Longhorn Cavern, and Monahans Sandhills.

Piney Woods

Piney Woods

Nacogdoches is teeming with activities and history
By Clayton Maxwell
Six flags have flown over Texas but the small Piney Woods city of Nacogdoches, or Nac as locals call it, claims nine.

The Daytripper Visits the Oldest Town in Texas

The Daytripper Visits the Oldest Town in Texas

You’d be hard-pressed to find a city more steeped in our state’s lore than Nacogdoches, a sleepy college town of 32,000 nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas.

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