From the woods to the water — and even a safari-inspired journey — Jacksonville has all your outside adventures dealt with.
Here are some methods to make use of your outdoors voice in this small-town East Texas gem.
Get on lake time
The crystal-clear waters of Lake Jacksonville make it an East Texas treasure — and a prime spot for splashing round. There are two public swimming areas, one among which is adjoining to coated campsites with picnic tables, a pier, and a sand seashore.
And there’s loads extra to do throughout the 1,325 acres of liquid playground, together with boating and fishing. It’s additionally the place the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks gentle up the sky.
Go on a safari
When you enterprise 12 miles east of Jacksonville, you’ll stand up shut and private with a world of wildlife that’s something however widespread to the realm.
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari is residence to unique and endangered species that thrive in open habitats which might be just like their native lands. When you are taking a self-guided drive by the hills and savannas of the 300-acre protect, you’ll spy animals at each flip: at watering holes, lazing below the cover of a native tree, or striding throughout an open discipline. And, sure, a few of the creatures will come say “hello.”
Embrace the view
About 4 miles from downtown, Love’s Lookout is simply the place to pack a picnic and soak in the surroundings. Rising 240 ft above the encompassing terrain, the vaulted ridge boasts a panoramic view of the japanese horizon.
And though this place is gorgeous, the historic park was really named after Wesley Love, who bought the encompassing 600 acres on the flip of the twentieth century.
Hug a tree
The Neches River National Wildlife Refuge options 7,000 acres and 25 miles of path, starting from a quarter-mile to seven miles every, the place you’ll journey by stunning native hardwood forests and the pine uplands whereas seeing and listening to a number of birds.
Hop a prepare
If you need to see outdoors, however not be outdoors, the Texas State Railroad takes you thru one of the best views of the Piney Woods from the passenger automotive of an genuine steam or diesel locomotive.
No matter the season, the 50-mile roundtrip trek options rolling hills, 24 bridges, and distinctive railroad constructions alongside the best way. Also, whereas there might not be snow at Christmas, the Polar Express journey remains to be a vacation fave. All aboard!
Find extra issues to do — indoors and out — at Explore Jacksonville.