Local Area Attractions
Rusk KOA has the best of both worlds to offer it's campers. We are located in a small quiet little town. There isn't much through-traffic so its very peaceful for a camping atmosphere. Yet on the other hand we are in a great location being located right in the middle of Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Shreveport. All of which make great day trips with endless possibilities for entertainment.
Centrally Located Between Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and Shreveport
Rusk just happens to be ideally located right between all of these amazing cities, but also being far enough away to make the stay here peaceful and quiet. This makes the amount of day trips you can plan practically endless!
Tyler: The City of Endless Fun
Tyler. Wow. If you want a place to go where you can pretty much find anything you want to do on your family outing then look no further... and its only 40 miles away! If your kids are into animals then you can visit the Cadwell Zoo or the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge. Feel like taking a stroll through a museum or two? Well they have The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum, Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, American Freedom Museum just to name a few! Want a hands on place for your kids to learn about science? Well the Center for Earth & Space Science Education and the Discovery Science Place are right up your alley then! You can even take a walk through the Tyler Rose Garden if you want to take a romantic walk through the flowers. On top of all that they have endless shopping and restaurants at the Broadway Square Mall and throughout the whole city!
Visit the Oldest Town in Texas
Nacogdoches is the oldest town in Texas and just happens to be only 30 miles outside of Rusk. Spend the day shopping in the historic downtown, take a hike on one of their creek trails, or visit the largest Azalea garden in Texas!
Museums and Zoos of Lufkin
Want an educational trip that the kids will love? Take a trip down to Lufkin, which is only about 35 miles south of Rusk, and see the many sights and sounds their facilities have to offer. Visit the Ellen Trout Zoo, the Museum of East Texas, and the Texas Forestry Museum!
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
17th Annual Salute to the Armed Forces TEXASSTATERR
This patriotically decorated train leaves the Palestine Depot at 10 a.m., 1p.m.and 3:30 p.m. for an approximately 1-hour roundtrip to the Jarvis Wye and
back. On the Palestine Depot grounds there will be flag raising and lowering
ceremonies at the flag pole on Saturday and Sunday. Booths, living history
displays, static military displays and re-enactment groups representing variouswars and conflicts. WWII group (Able Company) will be putting on a show on the grounds and on the train at the Jarvis Wye. All current and former military
with ID ride the Patriot Train free. Admission to the event is $10 per car.
Tickets are: Lone Star Premium - $30 Adult, $20 Child (ages 2-12) and children under 2 ride free. Standard - $20 Adult, $15 Child (ages 2-12) and children under 2 ride free. Food concession is available. *We want to honor those who have served or are currently serving in the military with a FREE ride on this
special train that will be decked out in red, white and blue.
The Texas State Railroad is pleased to present its newest signature dining experience on the Piney Woods Excursion Train, the Streamliner Diner. Reminiscent of mid-century rail dining, be treated to a delicious meal and spectacular east Texas scenery from our vintage dining rail car.
Wine in the pines
Lone Star Class: Adult $85
This special train offers passengers a pleasurable evening ride through our beautiful East Texas countryside while enjoying the opportunity to taste various Texas wines paired with a variety of cheeses. Wines will include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port. Train will depart from the Rusk Depot at 6:30 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday June 3rd.
Wines paired with cheeses:
Pinot Grigio - Shrimp & Mozzarella
Sauvignon Blanc - Feta, melon & grapes
Zinfandel - aged Gouda, aged Cheddar, cranberries, sausage
Merlot - tomatoes, mushrooms, blue cheese
Cabernet Sauvignon - cheddar, gruyere, black olives, dark chocolate
Port - lemon tart, roasted almonds, pistachios