Points of Interest
First built in 1861, the 546 foot long bridge was rebuilt in 1889 by engineer T.H. Barnes who had built New Birmingham, Texas. The bridge had been restored in the late 1960s - on plans left by Barnes. The Rusk Footbridge is believed to be the longest footbridge in the nation at 546 feet. It is located in Rusk, TX, just off the Courthouse square. It is a beautiful point of interest. During the town's early years, before streets connected a residential area with the downtown business district, the bridge served as a means to cross a small valley when the creek flooded.
Texas State Railroad
One of the railroad's locomotives warming up at Rusk
TE Photo, 5-02
The line runs from 3 miles west of the Cherokee County courthouse square to just East of Palestine.
Buffalo Soldier Sgt. Otis of the 9th Cavalry and a train crew member
TE Photo, 5-02
The train is made up of vintage coaches with comfortable seating and open windows - all the better to see East Texas up close. The line is cut through the red clay in some places - the same clay that made Marshall crockery and millions of bricks.
Jim Hogg Memorial Park
Cherokee Civic Theater
We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the dramatic arts. While we are based in Cherokee County, Texas, we serve the greater East Texas area.
The mission of Cherokee Civic Theatre is to afford opportunities for cultural and artistic enrichment in East Texas by providing a venue for local talent to produce live theatre for the entertainment of diverse audiences. Our goal is to
educate both youth and adults in all aspects of the theatre and to encourage volunteers to learn and showcase their skills, both on and off the stage.
157 W. 5th Street
(PO Box 377)
Rusk, TX 75785
Telephone: (903) 683–2131
Birmingham Golf Course
Golf Club is a family-owned, 9-hole course in the rolling hills and Piney Woods of East Texas in the small town of Rusk. The course first opened in 1967, and in the following decades it has earned a reputation as one of the best courses of its size in the Lone Star State. In fact, The Dallas Morning News once named it 35th in the "Best Nine Hole Courses" in Texas.
There's a reason players have nicknamed Birmingham Forest Golf Club "the toughest little course in Texas." The strategic design tests players on both their decision making and shots. Birmingham's rolling fairways meander around a spring-fed lake and through the woods. All holes have four sets of tees, making it a great play for golfers of many different skill and experience levels. The course also has an interesting history. It sits on what was once New Birmingham, a ghost town that was an iron ore boomtown in the 1800's....thus the name of the course. You can still find the history embodied by the area's antique horseshoes, railroad spikes and arrowheads.
You'll love the history, course, pro shop and more found at Birmingham Forest Golf Club. And we can't wait to welcome you to our course!
KOA Camp Ground
Our long, 50-amp, pull-thru sites can accommodate the largest RV.
Enjoy this new KOA centrally located between Dallas, Houston and Shreveport in the cooler Texas Piney Woods area, known for its beauty and history. Ride the Texas State Railroad's steam train, walk the longest wooden footbridge in the US, play golf at local courses, ride through a wildlife park, visit a winery…or just kick back and relax. The area hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year. Our hilltop location offers breezes and spectacular sunset views.
Our long, 50-amp, pull-thru sites can accommodate the largest RV. Tenters will love our shady sites nestled in the pines. No RV or tent? Enjoy outdoor days and indoor nights in a cozy rustic cabin or a comfortable lodge. Plan an affordable weekend getaway, a vacation, a reunion or rally, and enjoy our saltwater pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, horseshoes, and cycle rentals. Our new climate controlled club room makes this an ideal spot for group gatherings of all kinds !