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
Rusk Spring Fair
Hip Hop Amusements/Carnival
-Eagles & Engines
-Authores of East Texas
-Arts, Crafts, Exhibitors
-Local Food Vendors
- Appreciation runs to Maydelle's Turnaround
- Pineywoods Excurions from Palestine & back
Rusk Festival Train
Friday & Saturday May 1 & 2, 2015
Friday-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Standard Class: Adult $20 | Child $10
Friday night, May 1, a roundtrip train will depart the Rusk Depot at 6 p.m. to Maydelle and back for a special local appreciation train ride. Saturday May 2, trains will depart the Rusk Depot for a roundtrip to Maydelle and back at
11a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Rusk Chamber of Commerce will be hosting vendors, a
Saturday 5K run "Who Let the Dogs Out" and carnival rides day and night on the Rusk Depot grounds.
Rail Fan Photographers Special
Saturday, May 2nd (night shoot, 8 p.m., Palestine Depot) and
Sunday, May 3rd (day shoot, train departs at 9 a.m., Palestine Depot).
Standard Open Air
Open air cars with large windows that do not have glass in them, wood bench
Cushioned bench seating with windows that open and close.
The Rail Fan Photographers Special will include a Saturday May 2, night shoot, 8 p.m., at the Palestine Depot and a Sunday May, 3 day shoot. Steam engine for all events. The Sunday train departs 9 a.m. from the Palestine Depot. Price forthis two day event is $100 per person, ages 13 and up. Rail fans will have the opportunity to photograph a TSRR engine at several locations along the track.
Please wear close-toed shoes as you will encounter rough and rural terrain in
some locations. Coffee, juice and pastries will be served on board on Sunday
morning along with drinks throughout the day.
Sandyland Bluegrass Reunion
Owned and operated by Cowboy and
Sara Barrett of Nacogdoches,
Texas. Sandyland Bluegrass
Reunion is not just a festival, but a
place to call home. For more than
25 years , Sandyland has been
housed at the Barrett farm and
campgrounds, known as
Triple-B-Farms. On the second
weekend in May and the third
weekend in September, the
Barretts play host to numerous
RV'ers, bluegrass music lovers,
and special "bluegrass family",
and friends. All come to hear the
sounds of traditional bluegrass
and gospel music performed by the
best of local, area, and regional
bands. Check us out and become
part of the "family".