Located about 80 miles south of Tyler on U. S. Highway 69 at its intersection with Highway 59 is the City of Lufkin, the county seat of Angelina County. It is about 90 miles northeast of Houston, and north of Diboll.
Welcome to Lufkin, Texas
The population of Lufkin is about 34,000 residents. Elevation is 312 feet above sea level.
The town was founded in 1882 and named for Abraham P. Lufkin, a cotton merchant and Galveston city councilman.
Today, Lufkin is the regional hub in East Texas, which includes 12 surrounding counties and is known for its forests that stretch for miles. Visitors enjoy beautiful parks and open spaces, cultural arts, and a broad range of recreational activities.
Lufkin is also the location of the main campus of Angelina College.
Lufkin Hotels and Accommodations
Lufkin has several motels, hotels and other accommodations.
Downtown Lufkin features numerous unique retail and antique shops, eating establishments, professional businesses, and also includes a historic walking tour describing the history of Lufkin.
The First Street Arts Center promotes East Texas artists whose work ideally captures the Piney Woods experience. Through the Center, area artists, writers, poets, and musicians share their talents with the community in a newly-revitalized downtown Lufkin. And don't miss the mural in Cotton Square Heritage Park.
Texas Forestry Museum
The mission of the Texas Forestry Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret objects, papers, and photographs which pertain to the natural and cultural history of the people, places, and products and benefits associated with the forest, forestry, and related professions, and the forest-related industries in the state of Texas.
One of the largest museums of its kind in the United States, the Texas Forestry Museum is a fun place for the whole family to look at the past, present and future of trees - How we grow trees, harvest trees, transport trees, process trees, and use trees in our daily lives. Featured exhibits include Sawmill Town, Paper Mill, Money Trees, logging train, fire tower, and Urban Wildscape Trail.
The Museum is located at 1905 Atkinson Drive in Lufkin. Phone 936.632.9535
Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin
The Ellen Trout Zoo is owned and operated by the City of Lufkin which is responsible for its daily operation.
The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and houses over 800 mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world. The Zoo has now been accredited since September of 1983 and was the fifth zoo in Texas to receive accreditation.
Call 936.633.0399 for more information.
Museum of East Texas
In 1972 seven women had a dream—a dream to transform the burned out shell of the former St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church into an arts and historical center for the children and families of East Texas. Since its inception in 1976, the Museum of East Texas has grown to become a dynamic cultural center.
Originally in a historic 1906 church, the Museum contains an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures produced by East Texas artists as well as American, Latin American and European masters.
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.
The Museum is located at 503 N. Second Street in Lufkin. Phone 936.639.4434
The vision of the Angelina Arts Alliance is for Lufkin to be a cultural beacon in East Texas as a destination for the enjoyment of the arts as well as a catalyst for advancing the arts. It mission is to enrich, entertain and educate by presenting and promoting the arts in East Texas.
The Angelina Arts Alliance strives to present a wide variety of high quality performing arts and educational programs. In fact, education is at the core of its mission and serves approximately 10,000 students each year through various school time and outreach programs.
The Alliance operates two venues:
The box office is located at 108 South First Street in Lufkin. Phone 936.633.5454
|website of the Angelina Arts Alliance|
Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas
Lufkin is the perfect escape for outdoor recreational activities. From sports to spray play pads, from fishing to nature trails, Lufkin has outdoor activities to suit all ages.
Lufkin has over 15 parks complete with new jogging trails, modern playground facilities, and grassy, green picnic areas, and Cassels-Boykin County Park on Lake Sam Rayburn has a pavilion that can accommodate up to 400 people, making it a popular venue for weddings and large events.
Lufkin is busy year-round! Among the annual events ...
Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Sam Rayburn Reservoir is located on the Angelina River, east of Lufkin. The lake has a surface area of 114,500 acres, and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The lake was impounded in 1965.
The most popular game fish at Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the largemouth bass; an excellent year-round fishery exists. Habitat in Sam Rayburn Reservoir consists of submerged aquatic vegetation, standing timber, and flooded terrestrial vegetation.
Shown to the right is an overhead view of the Lake Rayburn dam (photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).
The Pitser Garrison Convention Center provides a meeting place for a variety of gatherings with 54,000 square feet of exhibit space, offering meeting planners with a wide selection of set-up options. Several over venues around the city are available for conventions, conferences, workshops, weddings, seminars, retreats and other special events.
It is located at 601 North 2nd Street in Lufkin. The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau is geared to assisting planners in bringing a variety of special events to Lufkin.
Historic postcard of the U. S. Post Office in Lufkin
|Historic postcard of Lufkin Senior High School
||Historic postcard of the Dun Wandrin Motel in Lufkin
While visiting the Lufkin area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions: