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Nacogdoches is called "the oldest town in Texas" as it was a site of a Caddo Indian village long before Spain established a mission at the site in 1716. The city is also called "the cradle of Texas liberty," as several rebellions aimed at establishing a Republic of Texas started here in the early 1800s, prior to the Texas Revolution.
Nacogdoches is near the western edge of the El Camino Real, sometimes called the Old San Antonio Road, that was established as a trading route in 1691. Today's Texas 21 follows the same route.
Sitting in East Texas, Nacogdoches is surrounded by tall pine trees and lakes, including Lake Nacogdoches and Sam Rayburn Lake. It's a beautiful part of the state.
It's also home to Stephen F. Austin State University, whose athletic teams provide plenty of action for sports fans. The University is the site of the state's largest azalea garden, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. The SFA Interpretive Trail and SFA Mast Arboretum are other popular attractions associated with the university.
The Lanana Creek Trail leads walkers through the piney woods of Pecan Acres Park. The Old North Church is thought to be the oldest "union" church in the state, while the Old Stone Fort is a replica of the stone house built in 1779 to serve as the Spanish entry point to Texas.
The terminal for the Texas State Railroad is 45 minutes away in Rusk. The railroad offers 50-mile round trip steam engine excursions through East Texas pine forests.
More Nacogdoches Attractions
" Nacogdoches golf courses
" Oak Grove Cemetery
" Sterne-Hoya House Museum
" Millard's Crossing Historic Village
" Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens
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Nacogdoches is located deep in East Texas, convenient to the Louisiana border although not right on it. Nacogdoches is south of Tyler and Longview (U.S. Highway 259 leads north to those two cities) and north of Houston (U.S. Highway 59 leads south to Houston). Texas Highway 21 is the main east-west access route.
The municipal airport in Nacogdoches cannot handle commercial air carriers. The closest commercial air service is available through the East Texas Regional Airport in Longview, about 40 miles north of Nacogdoches. Pounds Field in Tyler, Shreveport (La.) Regional Airport and Houston Intercontinental Airport are other options, although Houston in particular is farther away.
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" Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau
" City of Nacogdoches official website
" East Texas Regional Airport (Longview)
" Stephen F. Austin State University
" Texas State Railroad
" Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel newspaper
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