The Texas Lakes Trail is one of ten regions that comprise the Texas Heritage Trails Program. The cooperative initiative encourages communities and heritage regions to promote Texas' historic and cultural resources. In partnership with the Texas Historical Commission (THC) the award-winning heritage tourism program supports local preservation efforts and, combined with statewide marketing of heritage regions as tourism destinations, increases visitation to cultural and historic sites throughout Texas. This, in turn, brings more dollars to local communities and helps protect and preserve the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Cedar Hill lies within the Texas Lakes Trail Region, so named for the abundance of lakes in the area. The 31-county region in North Central Texas features world renowned museums, historic downtowns, and western culture. Anchored by the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the region has the best of both worlds: rural and urban. As you travel the roadways throughout the region you will be following the paths others have traveled throughout history. Many of the roadways follow historic trails and early highways such as the Bankhead Highway, Chisholm Trail, Butterfield Trail, Shawnee Trail, and the Great Western Trail, just to name a few. There are museums, brochures, and markers to help tell the stories of the early travelers. The cattle trails have definitely left their mark on this region from the countryside to the city. Communities are proud of their western heritage and you can see it on display in the most urbane areas of the region. When you visit the Lakes Trail, you will have an authentic Texas experience accompanied by hospitality that can't be beat.