Rusk Texas

Located about 60 miles south of Tyler on U. S. Highway 69 at its intersection with U.S. 84 is the City of Rusk, the county seat of Cherokee County. The population of Rusk is about 5,000 residents. Elevation is 518 feet above sea level.

Rusk was created by the Texas legislature on April 11, 1846. It was named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Nearby communities include Alto, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Jacksonville, Palestine, Henderson, Bullard, and St. Augustine.

For more information we recommend contacting the City of Rusk and the Rusk Chamber of Commerce.

James S. Hogg Memorial Museum, Rusk, Texas
James S. Hogg Memorial Museum, Rusk, Texas


Area Attractions Around Rusk Texas

Popular Rusk attractions include the well known Texas State Railroad, which has a rail station in Rusk and one in Palestine.

A popular venue in Rusk is the Cherokee Civic Theatre, located at 157 West 5th Street. It is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the dramatic arts, and produces several shows and events each year. Read more at

Nearby is the longest footbridge in the nation, and two wildlife parks, Grapeland Drive Thru Safari and Cherokee Trace Drive-thru Safari.

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

    • Jacksonville - to the south of Tyler 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 - just south of Tyler, home of wineries and the Freedom Museum

The Texas State Railroad, Rusk, Texas
The Texas State Railroad, Rusk, Texas

Historic postcard of Rusk, Texas Churches

Historic postcard of Rusk High School

Historic postcard Rusk High School

Map of East Texas counties and cities