Many people don’t want you to know about Wallisville, outside Houston
, and its Heritage Park. But the secret’s out. Before you mosey down the river, step into the town’s museum for a smidgen of culture. There, peruse a cache of artifacts from the Spanish mission, Nuestra Señora de la Luz. On the Trinity River, moderate rapids push you through cypress and pine-studded terrain for nearly seven, entertaining miles. Take a break at the Trinity River Island Recreation Center, where rangers offer maps and information to enhance your visit to the area. Bring your lunch, and picnic at Lake Charlotte.