Grapeland is centrally located and easily reached from Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. There is much to see and do year-round while enjoying the small town charm and hospitality.
The Grapeland area was originally settled about 1850, and the town was founded 1872 by International & Great Northern Railway investors. The Grapeland Post office opened on May 26, 1873.
Houston County Lake is located a short distance southwest of Grapeland. The lake covers about 1,500 acres and offers the opportunity for near-by camping, fishing, and boating.
The Grapeland City Hall is located at 202 South Main Street. Phone 936.687.2115.
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The Grapeland Safari features over 400 zebras, kangaroos, camels, turtles, emus and other animals roaming freely on 60 acres, all visible from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle.
The drive-thru safari is privately-owned, by the Herring family, and been in operation since 2005. There is also a petting zoo and gift shop.
The Safari is located at 13440 U.S. Highway 287 N, Grapeland, Texas, 75844, on the east side of the highway. Phone 936.687.5292.
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Salmon Lake Park & Resort
Salmon Lake is a 2-acre spring-fed swimming lake surrounded by a 100 acre campground with plenty of space to explore and make new memories with friends and family. The facility is family owned and operated.
It offers a RV park & cabins, meeting halls & Pavilions and an event and retreat center and a variety of annual events. The Park is home to two of the largest Bluegrass festivals in Texas.
Salmon Lake Park is located just west of town at 1247 Salmon Lake Road, Grapeland, Texas, 75844. Phone 936.687.2594.
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Grapeland Peanut Fesival
Houston County’s biggest event each year is the Grapeland Peanut Festival, a fun-filled day of activities taking place throughout Grapeland. It is a harvest celebration in October to highlight Grapeland’s agricultural industry – past and present.
It features a parade, queen coronation, carnival rides, craft & food vendor booths and much more!
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Mission Tejas State Park
Mission Tejas State Park is located about 18 miles east of Grapeland, midway between Dallas and Houston, at the north end of the Davy Crockett National Forest.
The address of the park park is 19343 State Highway 21 East, Grapeland, TX 75844
Map of East Texas Showing the Location of Grapeland
East Texas Attractions
While visiting the Grapeland area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:
- Canton - First Monday Trade Days, Texas Horse Park, Splash Kingdom Water Park
- Athens - East Texas Arboretum, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Cain Center and the Athens Scuba Park
- Gun Barrel City - Fishing, boating and outdoor activities around Cedar Creek Lake
- Palestine - Texas State Railroad, Davey Dogwood Park, Dogwood Trails Festival, Anderson County Courthouse
- Livingston - Polk County Memorial Museum, Pedigo Park, Trade Days, Locomotive No. 5, Lake Livingston, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
- Coldspring - Davy Crockett National Forest, Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Livingston, Double Lake Recreational Area
- Groveton - Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Davy Crockett National Forest
- Crockett - Houston County Museum, Monroe-Cook House, Houston County Lake, Grapeland Drive-Thru Safari, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association
- Center - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Shelby County Museum, What-A-Melon Festival, bird watching
- Lumberton - Big Thicket National Preserve, Village Creek State Park
- Jasper - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sandy Creek Park, Azalea Festival in March, Air Show in April, Jasper Lions Club Rodeo in May, a Fourth of July Celebration, and the Fall Festival in October.
- Woodville - Tyler County Dogwood Festival, Festival of the Arts and the Harvest Festival. Outdoor activities abound in the nearby Martin Dies Jr. State Park and the Big Thicket National Preserve.
- Newton - Toledo Ben Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
- Hemphill - Recreational opportunities abound in the Hemphill area, with its closeness to the Sabine National Forest, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and the Trail Between the Lakes. Also popular attractions are the Sabine County Jail Museum and Vergie Speights Memorial Library. In town is the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA "Remembering Columbia" Museum
- Nacogdoches - Spring azalea trails, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Mast Arboretum
- Rusk - Texas State Railroad, Cherokee Civic Theatre, Grapeland Drive Thru Safari