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Hike, explore, play and spend the day at one of Nacogdoches' many parks. With disc golf, volleyball courts, trails and picnic areas, there is something for everyone! For more information about area parks, contact Nacogdoches Parks & Recreation Department 936-559-2960 or visit The City of Nacogdoches website

Dog Park
501 Pearl St.

Fenced park facility where dog owners can exercise their dogs off the leash. Features currently include dog water fountains, waste receptacles and park benches.

Pioneer Park
501 Lenwood

This 30-acre park features group pavilions, picnic tables, playground equipment, charcoal grills, a softball practice field, basketball goals, volleyball court, open playfield, disc golf course, restrooms and parking area.

Pecan Acres
826 Starr Avenue

Enjoy the shade of a large pecan orchard over this 23-acre park. Amenities include a group pavilion, picnic tables, playground equipment, open playfield, disc golf course and parking area.

City Recreation Complex
2110 Maroney Drive

This 17.5-acre park was built to entertain people of all ages. It includes four lighted tennis courts, restrooms, jogging-exercise trail, basketball goals, playground equipment, picnic tables, parking facilities and the charming community-built playground.

Mill Pond Park
1628 John Street

Shoot hoops on the four-goal basketball pad or bring a picnic and spread out in the park's 26 acres that includes playground equipment, a group pavilion and restroom facilities.

Robert McCrimmon Park
2130 Woden Rd.

This 14-acre park includes a group pavilion, picnic tables, baseball practice field, barbeque pit, playground equipment, lighted covered basketball court and a paved access road.

Blount Park
1200 Mound St.

This scenic one-acre neighborhood park includes flower beds, a garden, gazebo and drinking fountain.

Temple Park
1100 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Cool off in the summer heat in this one-acre park that includes a spraystation and convenient parking facilities.

Lakeside Park
4800 North Pearl St.

This charming six-acre park includes a small pond, picnic tables and playground equipment.

Ritchie Street Park
800 Ritchie St.

Baseball practice field, lovely landscaping and playground equipment completes this six-acre park.

Banita Creek Park North
501 Pearl St.

This 12-acre park features a soccer field, a lighted roller hockey court, playground equipment, group pavilion, picnic tables, softball practice field, exercise trail, restrooms and parking area.

Festival Park
507 S. Pecan

When it is not in use for live concert performances in the large event pavillion, this four-acre park includes wide open fields for many recreational activities.

Banita Creek Park South
102 Cox St.

A lighted basketball court with four goals, pavilion, picnic tables, restroom facilities and parking area draw visitors to this park.

Banita Creek Park South (Kiwanis)
505 S. Fredonia

A large pavilion, picnic tables and playground equipment are available at this seven-acre park.

Lake Nacogdoches East Side Park
127925 S. FM 225

If you are planning a trip to Lake Nacogdoches, don't forget the picnic tables, swimming area, boat ramp, restroom, barbeque pits and parking area in this three-acre park.

Lake Nacogdoches West Side Park
127905 S. FM 225

This 40-acre park includes three large group pavilions, picnic tables, charcoal grills, a swimming area, boat ramp, handicap fishing & boat dock, playground equipment, nature-hiking trail, disc golf course, restrooms and parking areas.

Eugenia Sterne Park
700 East Main St.

This one-acre park includes a shady gazebo, park benches and parking area.


A walk along the Lanana Creek Trail, which is accessible from several sites, can transport a hiker from a city environment to near wilderness conditions.  Download a map of the trail now.


Banita Creek Park
A short nine hole "pitch and putt" along a beautiful creekside park.
Map of Banita Creek Park Disc Golf Course

Pecan Acres
826 Starr Avenue

In an old 23-acre pecan orchard with a flat center and sloping edges, this 18 hole disc golf course is grassy, mostly flat with some elevation (6 holes), a few dog legs, many trees, and bordered by 1 large creek with 2 others that criss cross.
Map of Pecan Acres Disc Golf Course

Pioneer Park
501 Lenwood

This 30-acre park features an 18 hole disc golf course with tight and open shots and big elevation. Very quiet and spread out. Holes 3 and 8 can make or break you.
Map of Pioneer Park Disc Golf Course

Lake Nacogdoches
127905 S. FM 225
Located on the Loco Bayou, this 18 hole disc golf course features lots of elevation, beautiful views of the lake, concrete tee pads and challenging holes with a few holes that give you a chance to really test your arm. Front 9 is shorter and technical, while the back 9 is long and technical. Ranked in the top 5 in Texas.
Map of West Lake Nacogdoches Disc Golf Course

Nacogdoches Crushers-Nacogdoches' Professional Disc Golf Association

Woodland Hills Golf Club
359 County Road #5021
Designed by Don January and opened in 1971, Woodland Hills Golf Club is one of the hidden gems of east Texas. The natural rolling hills and beautiful tree-lined fairways create a challenging layout for both the seasoned and the recreational golfer. Holes: 18 Yardage: 6672/6218 Par: 72 Slope: 123/114

North Forest Putting Course
3505 North St.

Demonstration Garden
Nacogdoches County Master Gardeners continue to develop this 7-acre teaching garden that includes ornamentals and Nacogdoches blueberries. Located at the corner of Main Street and University Dr.

Pineywoods Native Plant Center
This 40-acre garden on the SFA Campus is a unique mixture of uplands, mesic mid-slopes and wet creek bottoms. The Tucker House serves as the central feature of the property, which is surrounded by two miles of accessible trails through native forest and diverse gardens. Located at 2900 Raguet Street.

Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden

Texas' largest azalea garden is situated in a 50-year old Loblolly Pine forest. The 8-acre garden features 6,500 azaleas, 200 camellias and 180 varieties of Japanese Maple. The garden is located south of the SFA Johnson Coliseum on University Drive. During azalea season (late March to early April), beauty abounds in Nacogdoches. Enjoy more than 20 miles of azaleas, dogwoods and spring flowers during the annual Azalea Trails.

SFA Mast Arboretum
The first arboretum at a university in Texas, this on-campus garden spills over 19 acres and lies on a portion of the Lanana Creek Trail.

SFA Interpretive Trail
Two trails spanning three miles take visitors into some of the most dynamic and scenic areas of the Angelina National Forest. Some 150 species of birds and 80 species of butterflies may be seen. Travel west on State Highway 7 to FM 2782 (about 6-7 miles from Loop 224 in Nacogdoches); turn south (left) and drive about 2.5 miles to entrance of the Experimental Forest.

The impressive variety of birds that call the surrounding forests, trails, lakes and pasturelands home make the oldest town in Texas a bird-watcher's paradise. Favorite sightings, exclusive to this region of the state, are the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Bachman's Sparrow. For more information, visit www.pineywoodsaudubon.com. Also, be sure to check out local bird expert Cliff Shackelford's program "Bird Calls" on Red River Radio.
The following sites are perfect for bird watching:

Alazan Bayou Wildlife Management Area
8 miles south on US 59 then CR 628 West 2.5 mi.
Sightings include: sparrow species, wrens, finches, buntings, Broad-winged hawk, grassland species, and migrants.

Pecan Park and Lanana Creek Trail
Located on Starr Ave.
Sightings include: Migrant Warblers and Orioles, Pileated Woodpeckers and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. March to May is excellent for migrating songbirds.

Ralph McAllister Park
20 mi. south of Nacogdoches on TX 103, then 2.3 mi. west FM 1277.
Sightings include: Bald Eagles, Common Loons, Earned and Horned Grebes, ducks, cormorants and spring and fall migrants.

SFA Experimental Forest
8 mi. south on US 59, then CR 628 West.
Sightings include: Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, White-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, Prohonotary Warblers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Wood Thrushes, Screech and Barred Owls, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Red-headed and Red-bellied woodpeckers.

SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center
2806 Raguet Street
Sightings include: Great Blue Herons, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Red-eyed Vireos and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Saint's Rest Road
Loop 224 south, FM 1275 south 6.6 miles, right on paved road marked "Saint's Rest Baptist Church," 0.4 miles and turn left on good gravel road following Dorr's Creek 3 miles to dead end at Angelina River.
Sightings include: Louisiana Waterthrushes, Kentucky Prothonotary and Swainson's Warblers, Solitary Vireos, Rusty Blackbirds and Purple Finches.

Lanana Creek Trail
Originally an Indian footpath, this 2.5-mile trail weaves through thickets of paw-paw, dogwood and scarlet blooming buckeye. The trail begins at Liberty Hall on East Main Street in historic downtown Nacogdoches.

Lake Nacogdoches
Located on Loco Bayou, 10 miles west of Nacogdoches off FM 225, this 2,200 acre lake offers a great place to catch largemouth bass, crappie and sunfish. Access the lake from FM 225 West.
Lake Naconiche
Located on Naconiche and Telesco creeks, 14 miles northeast of Nacogdoches off State Highway 59.
Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Located on the Angelina River, 46 miles southeast of Nacogdoches off CR 427, this 114,500 acre lake offers excellent fishing year round. The most popular game fish at Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the largemouth bass; crappie, catfish, white bass, hybrid striped bass, Bluegill and redear sunfish are also present.

Roselake Ranch
312 Roselake Dr.

Offering horse rental, boarding, parties, lessons and horse training. Horses of all types to fit your experience. Ride alone or bring some friends for a memorable ride.

For more trail information, click here to visit Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition's website!

The Newest Thrill in the Oldest Town
199 Brother John Rd.

Soar on a guided zip-line adventure through the treetops! Scurry like a squirrel from tree to tree over the 60' skybridge.  Complete the ride by racing your friends and family on the dual tandem 900' lines.  Once your feet leave the ground they do not touch land again until you reach your final destination.

By Reservation Only: $40/person: includes 5 elements and ground school.  REMEMBER to wear closed toed shoes and comfortable clothing

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