Rusk and Palestine Parks

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Rusk and Palestine Parks


(903) 683-2561

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The Texas State Railroad, established 1881, is truly a 'Texas Treasure!' This historic train travels through the scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas where rolling hills, nature and wildlife abound.

The Texas State Railroad offers both steam and diesel train excursions reminiscent of days gone by. Passengers may board excursion trains at either the Rusk or Palestine depots where southern hospitality is the norm. These depots were built with an eye for detail and the elegance of Victorian charm. They are surrounded by beautiful parks with lakes and streams offering visitors full-service campground facilities, picnic areas, concessions and a great deal more to enhance a four-season vacation experience. This is a perfect family outing!

Map of Rusk & Palestine Parks (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 31.804497, -95.191898



  • Camping

    Rusk Depot Campgrounds have 71 campsites with full hook-ups. There are also group sites with water and electricity. There are picnic tables, grills, fire rings, and restrooms with showers for campers. A campground store has firewood, ice, drinks, snacks, and other supplies for sale. Campers can use the fishing lake, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, horseshoes, shuffleboard, volleyball, and 1/4 mile nature trail.

    Palestine Depot Campgrounds has tent and RV sites with water but no electricity. There are restrooms with no showers, and cooking grills for campers to use. Campers can use the 1/2 mile nature trail, playground, pond, and large park. There is a dump station on site.

  • Fishing

    There is a 15 acre fishing lake for visitors to use at Rusk Depot.

  • Hiking

    Rusk Depot has a 1/4 mile nature trail. Palestine Depot has a 1/2 mile nature trail.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available to visitors.

  • Tennis

    Tennis courts are available to visitors.



East Texas -- Piney Woods

The Texas State Railroad is approximately a TWO AND A HALF HOUR DRIVE FROM DALLAS and 3 HOURS FROM HOUSTON , conveniently located off Hwy. 287 southeast of Interstate 45, or east of Dallas on Interstate 20, continuing south of Tyler on Hwy. 69. The depots are located on the outskirts of both Rusk and Palestine on U.S. Hwy 84.

Phone Numbers


(903) 683-2561