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.


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