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A Closer Look at Longview and Mount Pleasant, Texas


With about 56 miles between Longview and Mount Pleasant (Longview to the north), these two Texas cities are located in what locals call the “Upper East” portion of the state. More broadly, they are in Northeast Texas, a region largely covered by a thick forest of pine trees.

These “Piney Woods” as they are known, extend into Louisiana and Arkansas — giving East Texas a climate, terrain and southern culture more akin to these two neighboring eastern states than to the rest of Texas.

Water-Recreation Paradise in Northeast Texas

The region is generally warmer and wetter, and various rivers and creeks cross the rolling, forested woodlands and form bayous like those flowing into popular destination Caddo Lake State Park.

Eastern Texas is a dream destination for water-recreation enthusiasts, with a plethora of large lakes for camping, boating, swimming and other watersports. It’s the perfect place to find lake houses, country homes, hunting properties and timberland for sale. Stretched over some 18,700 acres, Longview’s Lake of the Pines is a must see, while Lake Bob Sandlin in Mount Pleasant is half the size but great for fishing.

For those who prefer to hit the links for their recreation, there’s Mount Pleasant Country Club. Or, head north and find several golf courses in Longview.

Laidback Country Living and Historic Beauty


With a population of more than 80,000, Longview is one of the largest cities in the region and may be best known as “The Balloon Capital of Texas.” Each June, hot air balloon pilots across the globe flock to the city to compete in the Great Texas Balloon Race. The city also features a fine arts museum, historical sites, area nature trails and some highly-recommended restaurants and cafes.

Head southward to Mount Pleasant and one will find the epitome of laidback Texas country living in a town of just under 17,000. The city is a historical gem, with attractions such as the Edison Phonograph Museum and the shops in beautiful, restored Historic Downtown Mount Pleasant. Visitors can check out America’s largest handmade chocolate manufacturer, or tour an area winery and vineyard .

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