|Welcome to Nacogdoches, Texas|
The City of Nacogdoches is located about 60 miles southeast of Tyler on U. S. Highway 59, and 140 miles north of Houston. The population of Nacogdoches is near 35,000 residents. Elevation is 302 feet above sea level.
Nacogdoches is the home of Stephen 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.
Nacogdoches Area Attractions
Nacogdoches is considered one of the most historic towns in Texas and its rich heritage attracts visitors from around the country.
Held each year is the popular Nacogdoches Azalea Trail in the spring. 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. details
The Mast Arboretum is a ten acre garden along LaNana creek at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.
Other popular Nacogdoches area attractions include antique shopping, art and athletics events at Stephen F. Austin, boating and outdoor activities on area lakes, Deep East Texas Fall Foliage Trail, Holiday in the Pines, and more.
For those interested in fishing, boating, camping and hiking, consider a visit to one of the excellent lakes in the region, including Toledo Bend Reservoir, Lake Sam Rayburn, and Lake Livingston.
Be sure to stop at the Charles Bright Visitor Center located in Plaza Principal in the historic downtown district for valuable area information and trip planning ideas.
While visiting Nacogdoches and the East Texas area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:
- Jacksonville - to the north of Nacogdoches 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
- 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
- Bullard - home of wineries and the Freedom Museum
Nacogdoches Area Motels and Accommodations
Nacogdoches has numerous motels, hotels, B&Bs, and other lodging including a Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Suites, Best Western, LaQuinta and others.
Nacogdoches Tricentennial in 2016
In 2016 Nacogdoches celebrated its Tricentennial. The history of Nacogdoches began in 1716 when the Mission Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de los Nacogdoches was opened as a Catholic mission to serve the local Caddo tribe.
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.
In July, 1716, Father Antonio Margil de Jesus was placed in charge of this new village with its wooden church and dwellings for the missionaries.
Entrance to Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden on the campus of SFA, Nacogdoches, Texas
Historic postcard of the Continental Inn, Nacogdoches, Texas