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  • Rusk State Park, TX


    Rusk State Park is located just west of Rusk, TX, on US-84. The park is co-located with the eastern terminus of the Texas State Railroad, which offers train rides behind steam locomotives between Rusk and Palestine. Shortly after our 2007 visit, the railroad and campgrounds at Rusk and Palestine were privatized.

    903 683-5126

    Arriving on a Wednesday, we found the park practically empty. Park Office is closed on Tue-Wed, so you pick a site and pay the Iron Ranger. Here we are on Site #56.

    Date of visit: Mar 2007

    Sites 1-32 are pull-throughs with W/E(50/30A)/S hookups. This shows site 6 on the left and 7 on the right.

    Site 29 sits right beside the wye track, used for turning trains.

    Sites 33-55 are laid out around the perimeter of a large parking lot. In the immediate foreground are sites 52-55, while the 5'ver in the background is on 48. These sites do not have sewer hookups. There is a dump station nearby.

    Sites 56-71 are designated as tent and pop-up sites only, although RV's are allowed if there are spaces available. These sites have W/E(30A) hookups.

    Each of the three camping sections has a bathhouse. We weren't overly impressed. Each has a Mens and Womens bathroom, with sink, toilet, and shower in one room. In some, you can lock the door, in others, there is no lock. The tall part of this one is just a community room, which was locked at the time of our visit.

    There's a small lake in the park, which has a number of picnic sites along its shore. There is also a tennis court.

    The main attraction of the park is the Texas State Railroad. The Rusk depot, shown here, is just a short walk from the campground.


     W/E/S (50/30A) for $15.00, W/E for $11.00 + Daily Use Fee of $2.00

    Dump station, showers

    Coordinates: 31.802121 N, 95.192943 W

    Elevation: 460'

    rusk map