Rusk KOA, A Cool Place!

Norm and Virginia Otis, Rusk KOA owners with Shadow (standing) and Jake

Norm and Virginia Otis, Rusk KOA owners with Shadow (standing) and Jake

Headed South for the winter? Take in the beauty of Rusk in East Texas while staying at the Rusk KOA! Enjoy this KOA centrally located between Dallas, Houston and Shreveport in the cooler Texas Piney Woods area, known for its beauty and history. Our hilltop location offers breezes and spectacular sunset views.

Our long, 50-amp, pull-thru sites can accommodate the largest RV. Tenters will love our shady sites nestled in the pines. No RV or tent? Enjoy outdoor days and indoor nights in a cozy rustic cabin or a comfortable lodge. Plan an affordable weekend getaway, a vacation, a reunion or rally, and enjoy our saltwater pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, horseshoes and cycle rentals. Our new climate-controlled club room makes this an ideal spot for group gatherings of all kinds.

Upcoming Events

Poster promoting the Polar Express.

Poster promoting the Polar Express.

The Polar Express departs the Palestine depot four times daily through the end of December.

“The Sanders Family Christmas” at the Cherokee Civic Theatre presents the heartwarming holiday sequel to “Smoke On The Mountain” and finds the gospel group singing & praising on the eve of World War II, which will affect their lives forever. Call the campground at (903) 683-6641 or (800) 562-4143 for a package deal on this event. Two days of camping and tickets to the show.

The Rusk Footbridge, the longest footbridge in the U.S.

The Rusk Footbridge, the longest wooden footbridge in the U.S.

Area Attractions

Near the Rusk KOA are many popular year-round tourists sites.

Don’t miss the Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari. At your own pace, you can enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre park. Only 20 minutes from the Rusk KOA Campground.

Also just minutes from the KOA is the Rusk Footbridge, the nation’s longest wooden footbridge. It was originally built in 1861 to connect Rusk and the town of New Birmingham (now a ghost town). The bridge measures 546 feet by 4 feet.

Have you ever wondered where the military weapons and vehicles come from for movies? Then the Toyland Combat Vehicle and Military Museum is the place for you. Come see and touch actual military equipment that’s been used in the movies. Or see the miniature horses and cattle.

Also nearby is the Adrenaline Rush Zipline. Come and zip over ponds, trees and meadows. Choose the package that’s right for you and don’t forget to include the longest zip line in Texas, the Adrenaline Rush. At almost 1/3 of a mile, you’ll zip over the meadow at a pace (40+ mph) that will get your heart pumping. 

The area hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year.

Hot Deals

We’re sponsoring TWO raffles that will provide valuable prizes.

Raffle #1 is worth one FREE month (four weeks) of camping. It will take place if/when we have ten (10) new Extended Stay RVers.

Raffle #2 is worth five FREE months (20 weeks) of camping! It will take place if/when we have 20 new Extended Stay RVers.

Raffle drawing will take place in the club room on Jan. 8, 2014.

turkeyCelebrate the Holidays

The Rusk KOA will host its annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28, in the club room. Campers are encouraged to bring a covered dish and/or dessert to share… the bird and dressing are provided by your campground hosts, Virginia and Norm Otis. The event begins at 2 p.m.

The campground will also commemorate the Christmas holiday Dec. 21-25 and New Year’s Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.

Book Now

Plan to stay at the Rusk KOA. Call (800) 562-4143 or visit our website at


Year-Round Fun at South Padre Island KOA

The water tank condos are one of the unique features at South Padre KOA.

The water tank condos are one of the unique features at South Padre Island KOA.

There is always something fun to do at the South Padre KOA.

Year-round activities include our 25-meter swimming pool, a large hot tub, sandy playground, recreation room, basketball, horseshoes, tetherball, exercise room, and floor aerobics, tone & stretch classes and pool aerobics.

In winter, our Winter Texan guests enjoy sunset socials, theme events, live music, hot dog nights, potluck meals and more. Our friendly staff at the front desk can advise you on specific activities available during your stay.

Enjoy our beautiful pool all year!

Enjoy our beautiful pool all year!

There is so much to enjoy on the island and in Port Isabel. Don’t forget the SPI Farmers’ Market each Sunday north of the Convention Center, the Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market the first Sunday of each month and the Port Isabel Maxan Street Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays. For full details on South Padre Island events, go to

Join us for Thanksgiving dinner, free to all of our guests. KOA provides the turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, gravy and more! Please bring a dish to share. Fantastic food and fellowship. In our Commons at 1:30 p.m.

Have you seen the recent edition of MotorHome Magazine? There is a wonderful article about our island and the South Padre Island KOA is a featured item. Check it out!

Book Now!

Now is the time to try a deluxe cabin at our KOA during our fall midweek cabin special. Stay in ANY style cabin any weekday (Sunday through Thursday) and pay just $75 per night, plus tax. Call for details at (800) 562-9724 or book online.

The South Padre KOA is conveniently located near features in the Gulf of Mexico.

The South Padre Island KOA is perfected located.

San Antonio KOA: Rich in Fun, History and Entertainment

The Alamo, symbol of Texas independence

The Alamo, symbol of Texas independence

Come and enjoy the San Antonio KOA, which sits on a creek amid 40 acres of pecan trees. Our campground is just 5 miles from downtown San Antonio and open all year.

About San Antonio

You don’t have to worry about battling traffic in the nation’s 7th largest city: City buses take you from our campground to the center of San Antonio’s history and culture, including the River Walk. Visit The Alamo and four other 18th century Spanish colonial missions, Six Flags Fiesta TexasSeaWorldMajestic Theatre, the San Antonio Zoo and museums. Book a tour that departs from our KOA and enjoy all that San Antonio offers.

Upon your return from visiting San Antonio, relax in the pool, swim or play a round at the Willow Springs Golf Course next door.

The River Walk at night

San Antonio’s festive River Walk at night

Looking Ahead

The Valero Alamo Bowl will be held in San Antonio on Dec. 30, pitting highly rated collegiate football teams from the PAC-12 and Big-12.

Meanwhile, it is never too early to reserve a campsite for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, scheduled for Feb. 6-23. This annual event takes place at the AT&T Center, just around the corner from the San Antonio KOA. The fun-filled, family festival consists of many events, including the rodeo, livestock show, horse show, live concerts, carnival, dancing and shopping.

Welcome to our campground

Welcome to our campground in San Antonio

Easy to Find

To visit our campground from I-35, take the southbound Exit 160 at AT&T Center Parkway (formerly SBC Center Parkway), turn left under bridge and take the 2nd light at Gembler Road. Turn left and go 3/4 mile.

Book a Site

To make a reservation to stay at the San Antonio KOA, call (800) 562-7783 or visit