Lufkin Texas

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
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.

Nearby communities include Rusk, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville, Palestine, Henderson, Bullard, and San Augustine.

For more information we recommend contacting the City of Lufkin and the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Lufkin Texas Tourism and Attractions

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.

Also popular with tourists is the Museum of East Texas, the Ellen Trout Zoo, the Texas Forestry Museum, and the Temple Theater in the Angelina Center for the Arts on the Angelina College campus.


Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin

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.

Official website of the Ellen Trout Zoo

Ellen Trout Zoo
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Lufkin Motels and Accommodations

Lufkin has several motels, hotels and other accommodations.

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Courtyard by Marriott Lufkin

Hampton Inn & Suites Lufkin

Comfort Suites Lufkin

Best Western Plus Crown Colony Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Express Lufkin South

Other Things to See Near Lufkin Texas

While visiting the Lufkin area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:

    • Longview - Gregg County Fair & Exposition, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, R.G. LeTourneau Museum, Great Texas Balloon Race, historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
    • Marshall - Michelson Museum of Art, Starr Family home State Historic Park, Harrison County Historical Museum, The Weisman, Ginocchio Hotel, T&P Railroad Museum, Christmas Wonderland of Lights
    • Henderson - Heritage Syrup Festival, Howard Dickinson House Museum, Depot Museum, antique shopping, Historic Downtown Square
    • 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
    • Palestine - Texas State Railroad, Davey Dogwood Park, Dogwood Trails Festival, Anderson County Courthouse
    • Nacogdoches - Spring azalea trails, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Mast Arboretum
    • Rusk - Texas State Railroad, Cherokee Civic Theatre, Grapeland Drive Thru Safari
    • Jacksonville - Tomato Fest, Tops in Texas Rodeo
    • Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista to the East
    • Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Lake Tyler, Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Cotton Belt Depot, Goodman-LeGrand House
    • Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler
    • Lake Palestine - Boating, fishing, skiing and camping, just south of Tyler
    • Bullard - just south of Tyler, home of wineries and the Freedom Museum


Map of Deep East Texas Showing Location of Lufkin

Map of Deep East Texas Showing Location of Lufkin

Interactive Map of Lufkin Texas (courtesy of Google)

Vintage Images of Lufkin

Historic postcard of the U. S. Post Office in Lufkin, Texas

Another historic postcard of the U. S. Post Office in Lufkin

Historic postcard of Lufkin Senior High School

Historic postcard of the Dun Wandrin Motel, Lufkin, Texas