Nacogdoches Travel Guide

The oldest town in Texas is a tiny hamlet located in the eastern reaches of the state called Nacogdoches. Hard to spell but not to hard to find, this popular tourist destination draws people from all around the region looking to soak in its historic air and laid-back atmosphere.

While six flags have flown over the state of Texas, nine have flown over Nacogdoches. This very old outpost was formed around the eastern end of the Camino Real trading route. There’s a long history to this town, and fortunately the architecture and culture has not been lost over the centuries. Nacogdoches has recognized its role as a historical tourist attraction and embraced it.

Visitors can walk the town in minutes, but exploring its quiet side streets and slowing down to the pace of life is what you’re after. There are a respectable number of different attractions to keep you busy, both natural and historic. Plenty of dining, drinking and sleeping options are on hand thanks to its popularity as a weekend getaway.


Old Stone Fort: as the name says, this fort is old, interesting and the site of three failed attempts to establish the first Republic of Texas.

Millard’s Crossing Historic Village: you can almost imagine what life in East Texas was like in through this 19th century reproduction of a historic village.

Sterne-Hoya House Museum: this 1830 house is a classic example of Victorian architecture and has been turned into a museum focusing on both the Victorian Age and Empire Period.

Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden: a stroll through the largest azalea garden in Texas is a truly kaleidoscopic experience, and well worth a look.

Farmers Market: three days a week this farmers’ market turns part of downtown into a festive scene full of fresh produce, flowers, arts and crafts.

Lanana Creek Trail: starting right at downtown’s Liberty Hall, this 2.5 mile trail was originally an Indian footpath and now offers an incredible nature walk.

Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens: this property and its many buildings has a history stretching back into the 18th century. Visitors can tour the grounds and its restored buildings to get a taste of farming life.