Nacogdoches Texas

Welcome to Nacogdoches, TexasWelcome to Nacogdoches, Texas

The City of Nacogdoches is located about 60 miles southeast of Tyler on U. S. Highway 59, and 140 miles north of Houston. State Loop 224 circles the east side of the city.

The population of Nacogdoches is near 35,000 residents. Elevation is 302 feet above sea level.  The city is assigned Zip Codes 75961-75965, and is located in Area Code 936.

Nacogdoches is the home of Stephen F. Austin State University, and is rich in history. The downtown historic district is the location of many historic buildings and landmarks.

Popularly known as the oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches has history dating back to the time of the Caddo Indians. The city has been under more flags than the state of Texas, claiming nine flags. In addition to the Six Flags of Texas, it also flew under the flags of the Magee-Gutierrez Republic, the Long Republic, and the Fredonian Rebellion.

The city was one of first to receive the "Texas Certfied Retirment Community" designation. The program recognizes communities which excel in multiple categories such as housing, safety, healthcare, education, recreation, cultural events and spiritual enrichment.

Nearby communities include Alto, Rusk, Lufkin, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine.

Nacogdoches Area Attractions

Nacogdoches is considered one of the most historic towns in Texas and its rich heritage attracts visitors from around the country. A major event in the spring is the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail.

Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden on the campus of SFA, Nacogdoches, Texas
Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden on the campus of SFA, Nacogdoches, Texas

The Mast Arboretum is a ten acre garden along LaNana creek at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Other popular Nacogdoches area attractions include antique shopping, art and athletic events at Stephen F. Austin, boating and outdoor activities on area lakes, the Blueberry Festival on the second Saturday in June, Deep East Texas Fall Foliage Trail, Holiday in the Pines, and more.

For those interested in fishing, boating, camping and hiking, consider a visit to one of the excellent lakes in the region, including Lake Nacogdoches, Lake Naconiche, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Lake Sam Rayburn, and Lake Livingston.

For more information we recommend contacting the City of Nacogdoches, the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, and the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Be sure to stop at the Charles Bright Visitor Center located in Plaza Principal in the historic downtown district for valuable area information, maps, and trip planning ideas.

Charles Bright Visitor Center

The Historic Town Center, also known as the Charles Bright Visitor Center, is home to the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, located in the heart of historic downtown. Here you will find useful information about the history and legends of Texas’ oldest town, stories of early settlers to historical artifacts.

Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau

Charles Bright Visitor Center in Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Nacogdoches Night Life

Nacogdoches has long been a live music destination, and remains that today! Classic old venues make for great music, dancing and enjoying a night on the town. Take in live jazz poolside, dance at a local dance hall or simply relax and reconnect at a local wine bar. In Texas’ first city, the fun is always close by!
Nacogdoches Night Life: live music, dance and entertainment

 

Nacogdoches Azalea Trail

With over 7,000 azaleas, Nacogdoches is the home of the largest azalea garden in Texas, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. In the spring the azaleas come alive, and visitors enjoy 25 miles of Azalea Trails through the city. For Azalea Trail events and calendar for 2019, visit the Nacogdoches Visitors Bureau. Also be sure to download the Mast Arboretum Visitors Guide (PDF)Nacogdoches Azalea Trail

Sterne Hoya Museum
Sterne Hoya Museum in Nacogdoches, Texas

Nicholas Adolphus Sterne built this house in 1830, and today it is the oldest structure still standing on its original site in Nacogdoches.The house is located on 211 S Lanana St. and is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. For group tour information call 936-560-5426.

Tours are free but donations are welcome.

Millard's Crossing
Millard's Crossing in Nacogdoches, Texas

Millard's Crossing is a charming, reconstructed historic village situated on the north side of Nacogdoches. This remarkable museum complex is named for the railroad track that once crossed through the Millard family property and now borders the north side of the village.

Millard's Crossing website


Stephen F. Austin University

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) is a public university located in Nacogdoches. Founded as a teachers' college in 1923, the university was later renamed after one of Texas's founding fathers, Stephen F. Austin. Its campus resides on part of the homestead of Thomas Jefferson Rusk.

SFA offers more than 120 areas of study, including more than 80 undergraduate majors, nearly 60 graduate degrees, and three doctoral programs. Enrollment is currently over 13,000 students.

Website of Stephen F. Austin University

Entrance to Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas (Staff Photo)
Entrance to Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas

Old University Building

Built in 1859, it is the only original building of a university chartered by the Republic of Texas still standing. The Old University Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 515 North Mound Street. Read more details at the website of the Old Nacogdoches University BuildingOld University Building at SFA in Nacogdoches, Texas

Lanana Creek Trail

Need a place to enjoying walking or take a hike while in Nacogdoches? Lanana Creek runs from south of downtown Nacogdoches to the north loop. Originally a Native American footpath, this trail extends for 6.9 miles through cottonwood and oak dominated forests, past Father Margil’s Spring, through the SFA Mast Arboretum, to wide open floodplain prairies.

Trailheads are located at Clint Dempsey Soccer Complex (600 E. Pilar St.), Liberty Hall (805 E. Main St.) and Jimmy Hinds Park on E. Austin Street. 

Lanana Creek Trail in Nacogdoches, Texas

Stone Fort Museum

The campus of Stephen F. Austin is home to a fort that never served as a fort. Stone Fort Museum was a trading post, private home, church, jail, and saloon. Located at 1808 Alumni Drive North at SFA. Stone Fort Museum in Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Fredonia Hotel

The Fredonia Hotel opened in 1955 and has remained the center of excitement in Nacogdoches throughout the decades. The hotel is a historic luxury boutique property offering Texas charm coupled with timeless opulence. The hotel is located downtown at 200 North Fredonia Street, less than a mile from Stephen F. Austin University.

Fredonia Hotel website for tour info

Inside view of the Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas

Jones
House

Roland Jones House and B&B in Nacogdoches, Texas

Nacogdoches offers a variety of B&Bs in town and in the nearby countryside. Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Nacogdoches, the Roland Jones House offers a charming way to experience the grandeur of a bygone era. The B&B offers visitors the charm and elegance of yesterday. The house is available for luncheons, teas, dinner parties, club meetings, weddings, receptions, showers and tours. Located at 141 North Church Street.

Website of the Jones House B&B

Durst Taylor
House

Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens in Nacogdoches, Texas

The Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens is an 1830s wood-frame house interpreted to the 1840 to 1860 time period when the Blackburn family lived there. The house is the second oldest structure still standing on its original site in Nacogdoches. Visitors start their tour at the Visitors Center and then are guided through the house and grounds. The grounds include a blacksmith shop, smokehouse and historic gardens.

Located at 304 North Street

 

Railroad Museum

in August of 1954 Southern Pacific terminated passenger services through Nacogdoches. The depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. it is now home to the SFA Center for Regional Heritage and features rotating museum displays such as the Loblolly Model Train exhibit, history of railroading in Nacogdoches, and others. 

Located at 101 Old Tyler Road

Railroad Museum and SFA Center for Regional Heritage in Nacogdoches, Texas


Nacogdoches Area Hotels and Accommodations

Nacogdoches has numerous motels, hotels, B&Bs, and other lodging including a Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Suites, Best Western, LaQuinta and others. Several are clustered on the south end of the City at U.S. 59 and Loop 224. Included below are highlights of lodging in Nacogdoches, with traveler reviews at TripAdvisor.

 

Interactive Map of Nacogdoches Texas

Map of Showing the Location of Nacogdoches in East Texas

Map of Deep East Texas Showing Location of Nacogdoches

More Nacogdoches Information

Visit Nacogdoches

City of Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce

Nacogdoches County

Mast Arboretum

Nacogdoches Azalea Trails

Nacogdoches Independent School District

Stephen F. Austin State University

East Texas Historical Association (SFA)

Other East Texas Attractions and Things to Do

While visiting Nacogdoches and the East Texas area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:

    • Jacksonville - to the north of Nacogdoches on U.S. 69
    • Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista to the East
    • Athens - Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
    • Canton - home of First Monday Trade Days
    • Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
    • Marshall - Marshall Pottery, Railroad Museum, more
    • Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler
    • Lake Palestine - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, waterfront restaurants
    • Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants
    • Bullard - home of wineries and the Freedom Museum


Carl Monk Overlook

If you are driving East from Nacogdoches on Highway 7 towards Center, be sure to see the Carl Monk Overlook which offers a beautiful vista of the hills of East Texas. It is located past the community of Swift, at the intersection of Highway 7 and 341.
Carl Monk Overlook east of Nacogdoches, Texas on Highway 7

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