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Lufkin and the surrounding area offers some of the most beautiful natural features in the entire United States. In addition, Lufkin is home to one of the best small city zoo's in America as well as playing host to some other pretty amazing destinations.

Ellen Trout Zoo

402 Zoo Circle, North Loop 287 – Lufkin • 936.633.0399 • ellentroutzoo.com

Hours of Operation:

Summer:

Sun-Sat 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Winter:

Sun-Sat 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Admission: $5 Adults, $2.50 Children

Acclaimed as one of the finest small city zoos in the nation, Ellen Trout Zoo provides homes to nearly 800 wild and exotic creatures from around the world. At the park, you can ride a miniature pre-Civil War train replica around the lake and through the beautiful pine trees.


Texas Forestry Museum

1905 Atkinson Drive – Lufkin • 936.632.9535 • treetexas.com

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Sat 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun Closed
Admission: Free

The only museum of its kind in Texas features exhibits that include a Paper Mill room; sawmill town exhibit, logging locomotive and depot, forest fire lookout tower, modern management practices, and the Urban Wildscape Trail.


The History Center

102 N Temple – Diboll • 936.829.3543 • thehistorycenteronline.com

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Sun Closed
Admission: Free

Exciting exhibits, both inside and out, help interpret this public history and archives center's growing collections including manuscripts, photographs, maps, and a Texas and forest reference history.


Museum of East Texas

503 N 2nd St – Lufkin • 936.639.4434 • metlufkin.com

Hours of Operation:

Tue-Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat-Sun 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Admission: Free

The Museum offers a variety of public programs throughout the year and its commitment to visual arts education and cultural enrichment is the driving force behind all of its programs. Exhibitions, lectures, workshops, children's events and fundraisers cover a wide range of interests and topics and are sure to appeal to everyone.


George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center

1200 Ellen Trout Drive – Lufkin • 936.637.3976 • angelinaexpo.com

This is East Texas' premiere multipurpose event venue! Located off Loop 287 in the heart of the Pineywoods, we're conveniently located between Houston, Dallas & Shreveport, and host event sponsors from all around the state.

Situated on 36 acres, we have room for almost any event you can imagine! Whether you're looking for a championship rodeo, monster trucks, great music or a big top circus, we are the venue that can host it! We're home to the Texas State Forest Festival, the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo, and dozens of annual events that both entertain our community and continue to stimulate the local area businesses.


City of Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches • visitnacogdoches.com

Nacogdoches, the Oldest Town in Texas is a full service city actively stepping into the future with progressive development and an innovative attitude. Our friendly people, rich history, and comfortable lifestyle make Nacogdoches a great place to live and work.


Texas State Railroad

Park Road 76, US Hwy 84 West – Rusk • 903-683-2561 • texasstaterr.com

The Texas State Railroad, established 1881, is truly a “Texas Treasure!” Take a relaxing train ride through the pineywoods of East Texas, enjoy fun special events with your family, or experience an evening dinner train!

This historic railroad offers steam train excursions that travel 25 miles through the scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas amidst a backdrop of rolling hills, nature and wildlife.


Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Highway 103 towards Huntington

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District welcomes you to Sam Rayburn Reservoir, located north of Jasper, Texas, in the heart of the East Texas Pineywoods. Our mission: to provide flood control to the Angelina & Neches River basins in Southeast Texas (including Beaumont and Port Arthur), supply water to the Lower Neches Valley Authority, the Beaumont area, the city of Lufkin, and to offer some of the best fishing, camping and boating in Texas.




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