The City of Frankston is located in Upper East Texas in Anderson County at the intersection of US Highway 175 and Texas State Highway 155. It lies 25 miles southwest of Tyler, north of Palestine, and west of Jacksonville.
Frankston received its name from a young female benefactor named Frankie Miller, who donated land surrounding Samuel and Martha Miller’s original plantation house for a new town site when the railroad was built in 1900. The new town was named Frankston in her honor.
The Frankston City Hall is located at 240 West Main Street, and can be reached at phone 903.876.2241.
Frankston Website Resources
Interactive Map of Frankston (courtesy of Google)
Map of Upper East Texas Showing the Location of Frankston
Lake Palestine is located about 15 miles southwest of Tyler, Texas, and north of Frankston, on Texas Highway 155, resulting from a dam on the Neches River. It has a surface area of 25,560 acres, and was completed in 1962.
Lake Palestine offers recreation and outdoor activities for everyone, with boating, water skiing, houseboating, camping, RVing, canoeing, hiking, biking, and fishing all being popular activities.
It also offers waterfront and lakeside living for many Texans and visitors, and lodging including RV parks, campgrounds, resorts, cabins, motels, and B&Bs.
Located on Lake Palestine is The WaterPark @ The Villages, a family water playground and Texas vacation destination on nearly 3,000 acres of piney woods on Lake Palestine. With 25,000 square feet of fun for the entire family, the water park is also one of the largest in Texas. The 19,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed recreational area is climate controlled and features a retractable roof for outdoor summer excitement for friends and the entire family.
Pine Dunes Resort and Golf Club
The Pine Dunes Resourt & Golf Club is a championship, Par 72 course located at 159 Private Road 7019, Frankston Texas. Phone 903.876.4336 for details, tee times and rates. It is a is a spectacular, 4.5 Star Rated Championship Golf Course open year-round, designed by legendary & world renowned architects Jay & Carter Morrish.
Spacious, comfortable overnight accommodations in guest condominiums can be reserved for a foursome or a group as large as 40 players.
Scene at the Pine Dunes Resort and Golf Club near Frankston, Texas
Other Scenes Around Frankston
Frankston City Square Park
The Frankston Depot Library system is located at 159 W. Railroad Avenue
River Run ATV Park
Jst southeast of Frankston ia River Run ATV Park on the beautiful and “wild” Neches River. Bring your ATV, 4×4 truck, horse or other off-road vehicle and join in fun activities for the entire family.
River Run hosts 10 annual events, and a number of amenities, including “extreme” mud pits, free wash bays for removing all traces of the day’s play, Shower Houses, camping, RV sites, and cabins.
Fall foliage at the East Texas Arboretum in Athens
Located northwest of Frankston at the intersection of Texas Highway 64 and Texas Highway 19 is the City of Athens in Henderson County.
Popular Athens area attractions include the widely known and visited Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC), combining outdoor education with a production fish hatchery. This $18 million facility was built without the use of state funds even though it belongs to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. TFFC houses a hatchery, laboratory, aquarium, and education center focusing on underwater wildlife in the state’s freshwater streams, ponds and lakes.
The East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society provides over 100 acres of natural East Texas nature and beauty. Other attractions include the Henderson County Historical Museum, the Henderson County Fairgrounds, the Athens Scuba Park, the Cain Center and Cain Park, Lake Athens, and the Tara Winery. For more information, visit the website of the City of Athens.
The Athens Scuba Park is a world-class dive site, attracting SCUBA divers from across the USA, and the world. A 35-foot deep, 8-acre spring-fed clay pit at the park is on the grounds of the old Harbson-Walker brick factory, one of the area's first industries.
The City of Athens Department of Tourism offers a scenic driving trail for visitors to take this fall season to view the fall foliage of East Texas. Henderson County has breathtaking scenic highways and byways that are identified on the easy to follow interactive map. The 55-mile self-guided driving trail begins and ends at the Athens Partnership Center, located at 201 W. Corsicana Street.
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Jacksonville Texas Area Attractions and Things to Do
Jacksonville, southeast of Frankston, is known as the "Tomato Capital of the World" from a time when the area was a huge producer and shipper of tomatoes. The Tomato Bowl, a WPA project, is the home of the Jacksonville High School "Fightin' Indians" football and soccer teams.
Annual Jacksonville events include the "Tomato Fest" celebration and the "Tops in Texas Rodeo" in July.
Lake Jacksonville, Texas ... dam and lakeview (photo by the author)
The Tomato Fest is held annually in Jacksonville, the Home of the World's Largest Bowl of Salsa. It is located at the corner of Commerce and Austin Streets. Events include Tomato Eating Contest, Soccer and Fishing Tournaments, Farmers Market, Salsa Contest, Chili's Street Dance, and more, with over 200 vendors!
Lake Jacksonville, built in 1957, is located three miles southwest of Jacksonville and covers an area of 1,320 acres.
It is the city's main water source and a popular destination for boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities, both for residents and tourists. In the area are also located Lake Tyler and Lake Palestine.
Just north of the City of Jacksonville, Texas is Love's Lookout. At an elevation of 713 feet, it has long been known for its spectacular views to the east, on clear days as far as 30-35 miles.
Love's Lookout, elevation 713 feet above sea level (photo by the author)
Love's Lookout Scenic Park is a great place for walking or for family picnics, and includes a 5,500 square foot facility with restrooms, vending machines, an information center and a sheriff's sub-station.
Located nearby is the Lavender RV Park and Lavender Farm. The park has 24 RV spaces that serve even long RVs, both 30 amp and 50 amp with roomy pull thrus. It is located 5 miles south of Bullard off US Hwy 69. The park is only 8 miles from Lake Jacksonville and 9.9 miles from Lake Palestine, and 23 miles from lake Striker, giving easy access to three lakes. A place to park a boat and trailer is available, as are tent camping and picnic areas.
The RV park also has three acres of land dedicated to growing wonderful healing and refreshing Lavender flowers to relax in. Call 903-617-4731 for more information about the RV park, farm or special events.
Also near Jacksonville is the Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari, a wildlife park that is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. See over a dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory. At your own pace, enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre preserve.
New York, Texas Area Attractions
New York Texas ZipLine Adventures
Another popular outdoor attraction is the New York Texas ZipLine Adventure, located near the community of LaRue, Texas, about 15-20 minutes east of Athens.
Each ZipLine Tour lasts approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Choose between a 6 ZipLine Tour or the newest 9 ZipLine Challenge Tour with a 1500 ft. line with 2 cable sky bridges leading to a 40 foot zip tower.
Tours are available for ages 5 and up. Certain restrictions apply. A "ground school" coaches those new to the sport.
The ZipLine is located at 7290 CR 4328, LaRue, Texas 75770
For more information, call 903.681.3791.
Other East Texas Cities and Attractions
While visiting the Frankston area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:
- Jefferson - antiques, Jay Gould's railroad car, Jefferson Carnegie Library, steam train rides, steamboats on Caddo Lake, B&Bs
- Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas, Gusher Days, Roundup Rodeo, Helen Lee Daffodil Gardens
- Gilmer - East Texas Yamboree, Historic Upshur Museum, Lake Gilmer
- Kilgore - home of the East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College
- Joinerville Texas - Daisy Bradford oil discovery monuments and Great East Texas Oilfield markers, Gaston Museum
- Longview - Gregg County Fair & Exposition, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, R.G. LeTourneau Museum, Great Texas Balloon Race, historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
- Marshall - Michelson Museum of Art, Starr Family home State Historic Park, Harrison County Historical Museum, The Weisman, Ginocchio Hotel, T&P Railroad Museum, Christmas Wonderland of Lights
- Carthage - Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, East Texas Oil & Gas Blast, Piney Woods Quilt Festival Rode Jamboree
- Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Brookshire's Museum & Country Store, Lake Tyler, Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Cotton Belt Depot, Goodman-LeGrand House
- Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler
- Lake Palestine - Boating, fishing, skiing and camping, just south of Tyler
- Lindale - Old Mill Pond Museum, Hideaway Lake, Miranda Lambert Store & Red 55 Winery
- Mineola - Mineola Nature Preserve, Bigfoot Paddling Trail
- Lake Fork - At 27,264 acres and 315 miles of shoreline, Lake Fork was designed to be a premier bass fishing lake and currently holds records for 34 out of the Top 50 largemouth bass caught in Texas.
Travel and Lodging Information for the Frankston Area
The Frankston Lodge
The Frankston Lodge is a locally owned, beautifully remodeled lodge located on the square in the quaint and serene downtown area of Frankston – and within a short drive of Lake Palestine, Pine Dunes Golf Resort, The Texas State Railroad and much more!
Well-appointed rooms include a fully-equipped kitchenette overlooking a cozy den with ample seating room, offering the ambience of a fireplace with television on a mantle above.
Three bedrooms offer ample sleeping room for up to six guests. A connected open-air patio offers a fabulous area for relaxing with friends or enjoying some solitude. A propane grill is available for guests to use. Wi-fi access is readily available to guests.To book a room or for more info, call: 469.964.0388.