The oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches is home to Stephen F. Austin University. There is a wealth of cultural Texas history here.There are also many different festivals that occur throughout the year, as well as many historical landmarks including museums, original buildings, and a reconstructed Caddo village, Caddo Mounds. Other attractions include a planetarium and wildlife park.Shopping includes many antique shops and family-owned businesses that operate the old fashioned way. Like a 100-year old hardware store, or an old-style barbershop. If you want to turn back time…. Experience true Texan culture in the oldest town in Texas!

Nacogdoches is the home ofStephen F. Austin State University, and is rich in history. The downtown historic district is the location of many historic buildings and landmarks. Popularly known as the oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches has history dating back to the time of the Caddo Indians.

The Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site was the home of Mound Builders of Caddoan origin who lived in the area for 500 years beginning about 800 AD. The 93 acre site in Cherokee County west of Nacogdoches was opened in 1982.

Nacogdoches is considered one of the most historic towns in Texas and its rich heritage attracts visitors from around the world.

Held each year is the popular Nacogdoches Azalea Trail, being held this year from March 10 - April 7, 2012. Over 25-miles of driving trails are carefully marked and mapped, and walking trails cover the stunning Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden on the campus of SFA, the largest azalea gardens in the state of Texas.


While visiting Nacogdoches and the Tyler area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:

  • Jacksonville - to the south of Tyler on U.S. 69
  • Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista to the East
  • Athens - Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
  • Canton - home of First Monday Trade Days
  • Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas
  • Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
  • Marshall - Marshall Pottery, Railroad Museum, more
  • Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler
  • Lake Palestine - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, waterfront restaurants
  • Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants
  • Brenham - College Station - Blue Bell Creamery, Antique Rose Emporium, Bluebonnet Trails, Bed and Breakfasts, vineyards, George Bush Presidential Library, Texas A&M University, more
  • Bullard - just south of Tyler, home of wineries and the Freedom Museum


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Entrance to Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Entrance to Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas



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