Enjoy a breathtaking view while ziplining over ponds and tree tops. The location is one of the highest elevations in East Texas. Contact for reservation. 2371 Old Dialville Road. www.daretozip.com
Cherokee County's first bank was established in 1884 in this 1865 building. 208 Henderson St. Next to the Heritage Center of Cherokee County Museum. www.HCCC-Museum.org
Rusk's fourth courthouse was built in 1940-41. It is constructed of native red and white limestone with decorative art deco grillwork. Visit the first and second floors to see portraits of famous Texans and historical artist renderings. 135 S. Main.
The park is home to a variety of wildlife nestled in the lush piney woods of East Texas. Hours vary seasonally, visit website for times. 1200 C.R. 4405. Off Texas 204. . www.cherokeetrace.org
Thirteen miles west on U.S. 84.
This wooded setting is home to a 546-foot footbridge, said to be nation's longest. It was built in 1861 for crossing the valley during the rainy season. Open all day. One block east of town square.
This is the cultural history museum of Cherokee County, featuring The Texas Eastern Penitentiary, Lost City of New Birmingham, books and artifacts. Open 3-6 p.m. Tue. and Thu.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. 208 Henderson St. www.HCCC-Museum.org
This 175-acre scenic forest area is dedicated as a memorial to Governor Hogg. It includes his restored birthplace, museum and family cemetery. The park also offers hiking trails, picnic areas and a pavilion. Two miles northeast off U.S. 84.
Several routes near Rusk offer excellent woodland scenery: U.S. 69 both north and south; also F.M. 347, F.M. 747 (neither shown on most maps) that lead north from U.S. 84 west.
Offers steam and diesel train excursions year-round, as well as special events and dinner trains. Fee for train ride. Depots located in Rusk and Palestine. www.TexasStateRR.com
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