The El Camino Real de los Tejas, or Highway 21 as we call it winds it's way through East Texas just as it did more than four centuries ago. The scenic route through Sabine County will take you to the original  "Wagon Swales" which are centuries old wagon tracks discovered adjacent to the current route. The Lobanillo Swales are now located in a scenic park that opened this time last year, with a walkway near Geneva, Texas. Stop and take the tour, it is definitely a one of a kind adventure. The parking space, and trail is located on the Highway 21 West route on the San Augustine/Sabine County outskirts.

The El Camino Real or King’s Highway is one of the oldest continuously traveled trails in the United States.  Before being designated in 1691 as the King’s Highway or Royal Road by the Kings Council in Spain, the trail was being used by Native Americans and numerous early explorers.

Sale on the Trail during the first weekend is May is the perfect time to stop off and visit the scenic trail site. Sale on the Trail isn't an ordinary flee market, the scenic 175 mile route also outlines the historic El Camino Real los de Tejas or King's Highway. Most of us know the road as the scenic Highway 21, but for the Republic of Texas it was the gateway into what would become the State of Texas.

The trail itself is a national landmark, as settlers moved south across the Sabine River Basin. Last spring marked the opening of the scenic 

Sabine County, one of the original 23 Texas counties, established in late 1836 is the only one of the 23 that never had a boundary change.  There are a 100 historical markers memorials, National Register of Historic Places markers, Antiquities Landmarks, historic cemetery markers, subject markers, Texas State Centennial markers, War Memorials, Daughters of the American Revolution markers, Columbia space shuttle markers, Daughters of the American Colonist, Society of Colonial Dames and several privately funded markers in Sabine County.
For more information contact the Sabine County History Center at 235 North Texas Street, between the jail and post office, or call (409)787-3132.
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