DIRECTIONS: Head east on Texas Highway 276 toward Emory, then follow U.S. 69 south for a short way to Texas Highway 515. Drive east on Highway 515 to Winnsboro, where you’ll take a combination of FM roads to finish the drive: east on 1448, north on 115, east on 3007 over the water, and east on 21 to 2882. That links up with 127, which runs east into Mount Pleasant. DISTANCE: 75 miles
East Texas is filled to the brim with lakes, though these three don’t get as much attention as some of their bigger cousins. The bonus for Lake Tawakoni, Lake Fork, and Lake Bob Sandlin is that the highway goes over the water for rewarding views.