Tour Texas’ Largest Azalea Garden

Plus 25 miles of Azalea Trails through beautifully manicured residential and historic districts.

With over 7,000 azaleas, Nacogdoches is the home of the largest azalea garden in Texas, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Bloom Update as of 4/15/2021:

The Ruby Mize Azalea Garden is now open to the public, but the Gayla Mize Garden remains closed at this time. The azalea blooms appear to be waning, although the gardens are still beautiful. Some azalea varieties fared better than others, and some may still bloom. 

Other blooms to look for:

  • Iris
  • Japanese Maple
  • Dogwood
  • Knock Out Rose

Bloom Update as of 3/29/2021

Good news from our SFA Gardens friends! The Mast Arboretum at SFA is open, and the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden should open this week. The Gayla Mize Garden Trails are still being cleared and are not open to the public at this time.

We are seeing more azaleas than we initially expected. While the bloom is not where a typical year would be, Nacogdoches is still the beautiful Garden Capital of Texas that we know and love.

Bloom Update as of 3/24/2021: 

Azalea blooms look to be at about 8-10% right now. We are starting to see some buds, giving us hope for a later than usual bloom. We expect at most a 50% bloom this year. The younger bushes seem to be in better shape, and currently University Drive near SFA has a good amount of purple blooms. The Japanese Maples look spectacular, and the Lanana Creek Trail and Banita Creek Trail are both fully open. Please call the Visitors Center at 936-564-7351 for to-the-date information, as things change daily.

On February 15th, Nacogdoches experienced subzero temps from Winter Storm Uri. At this time, the Gayla Mize and Ruby Mize Azalea Gardens are closed to the public for tree removal services to clear out debris. Check back often for reopening details.

Nacogdoches is still the Garden Capital of Texas, and beautiful year-round.  Our trails, lakes, and unique assets like the Barnquilt Trail are like no other.

COVID Information: All trails, gardens, and Historic Sites are open. For specific hours and other COVID-related information, click here.

Click here to view the 2021 Azalea Trail brochure and map. 

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