Located in the beautiful Texas Forest Country, Lufkin is filled with surprises for all ages. Discover how surprisingly convenient Lufkin is located to major cities like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Waco, and explore through our city’s unique opportunities for fun weekend trips or even regional conventions and meetings. With a population quickly approaching 40,000 people, it’s surprising how Lufkin remains peaceful and quaint while serving as a regional hub for retail shopping, medical facilities, industry, government and much more.
It’s also a surprise to find a city complete with superior bass fishing, top notch golfing, state of the art museums, an outstanding zoo, quality hotels and restaurants, incredibly charming downtown, and the friendliest people on earth. With all of this to offer, it’s no surprise to us why we know you’ll love Lufkin. Here’s a look at some of our city’s most notable attractions:
Three 18-hole golf courses, including Crown Colony Country Club which has been consistently rated as one of the top 10 golf courses in Texas for over 20 years. We also have the 18-hole Neches Pine Golf Course located in Diboll, just minutes from Lufkin. Plus, the Lufkin Country Club offers a nice layout and a scenic course in the Texas Pine trees.
Lake Sam Rayburn, the largest reservoir completely in the state of Texas with more than 570 miles of shoreline attracts approximately 2 million users each year for the state’s best bass fishing, water skiing, camping and more. The lake is conveniently located to Lufkin and Lufkin’s hotels.
Texas Forestry Museum, the only one of its kind in Texas, features the industry that made Lufkin possible – forest products. You can spend several hours in this museum looking through history, unique collections and learning about the forest industry. The museum located at 1903 Atkinson Drive is open 10am-5pm, Monday through Saturday, and 1pm-5pm Sundays. Admission is free. (936)632-9535.
The Museum of East Texas explores art and history through exhibits, lectures, performances, classes and publications. The Museum was founded in 1976 and is one of the finest in East Texas. The museum is located at 503 North 2nd Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm. Admission is free. (936)639-4434
Ellen Trout Park & Zoo is one of Lufkin’s main tourist attractions and has over 500 animals, and one fourth are endangered species. The Zoo has received numerous state and national awards and is considered one of the top zoos in cities with Lufkin’s population. At the Park, you can take a ride on a miniature pre-Civil War train replica, around the lake and through the beautiful Pine trees, which fully represent Lufkin. (936)633-0399
Downtown Lufkin is the site of many eating establishments, unique retail shops and antique collections. Also, a historic walking tour reveals the history of Lufkin. Don’t miss the beautiful murals painted by Lance Hunter throughout the downtown area. There are five, each depicting historic businesses or tales of Lufkin. In our city hall, you’ll find the Medford Western Art Collection, which features beautiful Western Art. (936) 633-0206
National forests provide the backdrop for boating, fishing, and camping. Lufkin is located between the Davy Crockett National Forest and the Angelina National Forest. (936)639-8501
Parks and recreational opportunities include ten public parks, one swimming pool, 2 spray play pads, three golf courses, and 14 tennis courts. For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (936)633-0205.
While these are some of the town’s tourist attractions, Lufkin is a great place to hold a regional or state meeting with several quality, and very reasonable, hotels and motels.
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There are many fine schools in the Lufkin area. Lufkin has a variety of educational opportunities including state recognized Lufkin ISD and a number of outstanding independent school districts in the communities surrounding Lufkin. Lufkin is also fortunate to have a number of excellent private schools and a progressive community college designed to meet the educational needs of the Lufkin community. Click on the links to visit the various schools websites.