Review and Rating of Texas State Railroad RV Park & Campground in Rusk, Texas
Texas State Railroad RV Park & Campground is located about 5 miles west of Rusk. This small park was formally Rusk-Palestine State Park and was acquired from the State by American Heritage Railways as a part of their effort to preserve the campground and Texas State Railroad. The Park is home to the Rusk depot where you can catch a turn of the century steam engine with vintage coaches that runs between Rusk and Palestine. Some of the railroad tracks run through the campground.
In May 2017 we got the following comment from a Texas Outside visitor: "The campground is in poor condition, restrooms do not work and some sites have no 50 amp hookups due to poor maintenance. It is overgrown and has not been mowed. I would not pay the fee again if it is like this." We can't confirm or deny the comment.
Most campers, including us, stayed in Texas Railroad State park because we wanted to ride the railroad. Before taking the train ride (read about our ride on the Texas State Railroad) we biked the short nature trail and around the lake. We forgot the tennis rackets or we would have played a set or two.
A trip into Rusk didn't yield a lot to see and do outside of a fun golf course - see below. We did enjoy playing golf in Jacksonville at The Woods at Jacksonville - read our review of The Woods At Jacksonville to learn more. In the middle of Rusk is "the hardest little course in Texas", the nine-hole Birmingham Forest Golf Course - a fun track, read our review of Birmingham Forest.
The small town of Rusk is 5 minutes east and the town square has some shops and a restaurant. Just down from the town square is a museum and the longest footbridge in the United States. Near Jacksonville is Cherokee Trace which is a drive-thru safari park. There are a couple mud bogs and ATV tracks in Jacksonville and Palestine is close, but we didn't find a lot to do there either! If you want to play golf, check out this golf course locator map.