Azalea Trails in Nacogdoches

When springtime descends upon the Piney Woods, the eye is dazzled by an explosion of color from the profusion of blooms in the azalea trails.

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Early-March to mid-April is arguably the best time to plan a camping trip to Rusk, as it is when nature puts on its annual show in the garden capital of Texas – Nacogdoches.

Pick up a trail map at the Visitor’s Center at 200 E. Main Street, and drive down the 25 glorious miles of routes that meander through the town. The routes are divided into three trails, and each one is a visual feast.

More than 7,000 of the vibrant flowers can be seen at Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Every Saturday afternoon during the season, you can enjoy a free guided tour.

Shop and Stroll

An event associated with azalea time, Shop and Stroll is scheduled for March 25. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can walk around downtown Nacogdoches and drop into shops such as Liberty Bell, Polka Dotz and Twigs and Tin.

Farmers’ Market Spring Fling

If you’re in town on April 8, don’t miss the Spring Fling Farmers Market. The market is open every Saturday morning in the historic downtown area at 108 Pearl Street, but the spring event should be extra special.

Stay With Us

To reserve your spot at Rusk KOA, call 800-562-4143 or visit our website. For information, call 903-683-6641 or email Our location is 745 FM 343 East Rusk, Texas.


Nacogdoches Nine Flags Christmas Festival

The pine forests of East Texas are the place to be during December. During the Nine Flags Christmas Festival, Nacogdoches has several events that are sure to put you in the holiday mood.


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Nine Flags Christmas Parade

Downtown Nacogdoches will be the scene of the biggest lighted Christmas Parade in East Texas on December 3. The event will include food and music as well as arts and crafts. Hours are 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuba Concert

There is something so timeless and beautiful about hearing grand old Christmas carols played by brass instruments. Before you hit the parade, take in a Tuba Christmas Concert at the First United Methodist Church. The performance begins at 4 p.m., and admission is free. The address is 201 E Hospital Street.

Tis the Season Christmas Exhibit

On December 10, head over to the Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library to get a glimpse into what Christmas was like in the mid-1800s. The Tis the Season Exhibit will provide interesting information about the holiday foods, topics of conversation, parties and games of this era. Wassail will be served on the front porch. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and admission is free. The address is 211 S. Lanana Street.

Tour of Homes

Touring decorated homes is a favorite pleasure for many during the Christmas season. The local tour will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 10. Tickets may be purchased at the Nacogdoches Visitors Center for $25.

Stay With Us

To reserve your spot at Rusk KOA, call 800-562-4143 or visit our website. For information, call 903-683-6641 or email Our location is 745 FM 343 East Rusk, Texas.

Make a Day Trip to Nacogdoches

Rusk KOA is the place to go when you feel the need of some downtime. Relax amid the pine forests, fish at area lakes and explore the local antique shops. When you want to see the sights, Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas is a mere 35 miles away. Plan to spend the day there.

Piney Woods Nature Plant Center


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The northeast part of the state is known for its lush forests of towering pines. This woodland walk will immerse you in the region’s beauty, offering views of butterflies, birds and animal tracks as well as showing the names of plants. You’ll find it a quiet and educational attraction.

Millard’s Crossing Historic Village

Take an interesting walk back in time by visiting Millard’s Crossing Historic Village. The historic buildings include a log schoolhouse, general store, an 1842 log home, 1905 chapel and more. You’ll see period items and clothing, which help make the era come alive. Admission prices for the tours range from $4 to $10. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p .m.

Stay With Us

Nacogdoches has other historical and nature attractions such as museums, trails and an arboretum. When staying at Rusk KOA, a visit to this town will make a nice outing. To reserve your spot, call 800-562-4143 or visit our website. For information, call 903-683-6641 or email Our location is 745 FM 343 East Rusk, Texas.

Drive Through a Safari Near Rusk KOA

Go on a safari in Jacksonville, TX and stay nearby at Rusk KOA, located in beautiful Rusk, TX amid rolling hills and pine trees.

deerCherokee Trace Wild Animal Park is nestled in the woods of East Texas. It’s a drive-thru safari wildlife park that’s home to a variety of animals. There are over two dozen exotic and endangered species that live in open habitats similar to their natural environments.

You can drive through the hills and savannas of this 300-acre preserve at your own pace, as the tour is self-guided.

Observe, feed and photograph the beautiful animals from your car as you enter into a world of alligators, deer, sheep, antelopes, bison and more!

Stay at Rusk KOA

Visit an area of Texas with beauty and history amid rolling hills and shady pine forests. Rusk is centrally located between Dallas, Houston and Shreveport. Nearby attractions include Texas’ longest zip line, Texas State Railroad’s steam train and local festivals and rodeos. Our park offers pop-up tent sites, cabins and RV sites. Call 800-562-4143 or visit our website to book your summer vacation.

Ride the Texas State Railroad

texas state railroadRusk KOA is in a community that is home to the Texas State Railroad, a conveyance that is considered a true Texas treasure. Established in 1881, this historic train provides a nostalgic but delightful step back in time to the days when rail travel was is its heyday. So hop onboard this steam and diesel train that will take you on a most pleasant excursion through the scenic Piney Woods of Texas. The train runs between Rusk and Palestine and is of 1 1/2 hours duration.

The depot has an interesting history as well, reminding you of days of yore when people waited in such places to either send off loved ones on a journey or to greet them upon their return. In decades past, townsfolk would sometimes get their kicks by going to the local depot and watching who got on and who got off the train.

Many people have only experienced rail travel vicariously through reading books. Now is your chance to get a real taste of it. As one enthusiastic patron on Trip Advisor stated, it is worth the trip just to sit on the bench and watch the giant engine come puffing in.

You’ll want to put this attraction at the very top of your list when you stay at our park. Visit our website and make your reservations today.

The Ideal Spot for Family Gatherings

rusk koaSummertime is fast approaching, so when planning your family reunions, rallies and company picnics, make Rusk KOA your destination. You couldn’t ask for a more idyllic spot in the beautiful East Texas Piney woods, centrally located between Dallas, Houston and Shreveport. The convenient location makes it a great place for everyone to meet.

Our facilities can accommodate campers from the experienced veteran to the first-timer, as we offer an array of options to select from. Choices include tent sites and deluxe patio RV sites, as well as rustic log cabins and deluxe cabins. We have something for every taste.

Enjoy onsite catering, along with a well-equipped, climate controlled club room where kids can play horseshoes. Other amenities include an area to play frisbee golf targets and a children’s playground, in addition to cycle rentals and a salt water pool to help you beat the heat.

Plan ahead and come spend some quality time with family and friends at our park. When you think of “relax,” think of Rusk. Visit our website and book your spot today or call 800.562.4143 for information and reservations.

Discover This East Texas Gem

Nestled amidst the tall East Texas pines is a gem of a campground with some unusual features. Rusk KOA offers the community on-site catering, providing your choice of gourmet fare like Chateaubriand or everyday fare like hamburgers and hot dogs for any special occasion, such as weddings or family reunions.

Antiquing is a popular pursuit in our area, as shops scattered throughout the region beckon visitors to browse through furniture, collectibles and more. When poking around these quaint establishments, you never know what treasure you’ll find.

Weekends are a particularly nice time to stay here, as campers can enjoy live music from country-western singer Ron Shepherd. After a day of antiquing, imagine how delightful it will be to relax and be entertained by this performer.

Rusk is blessed to be close to Tyler, the rose capital of the world. Coming up on October 18 through 20, is the Texas Rose Festival, an event that will include a rose parade, garden tours and floral shows, as well as an arts and crafts fair.

East Texas is a great place for a vacation. Visit our website and reserve your spot today.