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Area & Resort Highlights

5 Month Update:

• Park store repainted & ADA ramp added
• Back porch renovated and ready for guest use
• Updated boat ramp
• Heated pool for year-round use
• New bed sheets/towels
• New washers/dryers in guest laundry. Coin machine coming soon.
• Leveling and gravel of RV sites
• Hunt Brothers Pizza/Wings
• Tobacco License for cigarette sales

Future Improvements:

• Beer/Wine license coming soon!
• New and improved Marina/boat slips
• Gas pump for easy fill up on boats
• Club house remodel
• Fire pits at each site
• Cabin renovations with new furniture
• Painting/cleaning/up keep of all outdoor buildings & cabins

Upcoming Events

Davy Crockett Festival Classic Car Show coming to downtown Crockett TX, April 17th. For more information visit www.crockettareachamber.org

Texas State Railroad – Step back in time as you board this historic steam train.
You’ll journey through the Piney Woods of East Texas and take in beautiful scenery and learn the area’s history on this 4-hour adventure. Great for couples, families, and anyone wanting to sit and relax for a while.

Hot Pepper Festival – Everything's hotter in Texas! The festival is in October each year and includes a parade, hot pepper eating contest, street dance, and more. And of course, there’s delicious, spicy food provided by local regional vendors.

Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration – This long-time celebration takes place the last two weekends in March and first weekend in April. Enjoy the beauty of the dogwood trees at Davey Dogwood Park and take part in the Dogwood Festival, which is the longest running Dogwood Festival in Texas. There’s live music, art, speciality products, food vendors, kids activities, and more.

Annual Peanut Festival right here in Houston County in Grapeland Texas, with multiple carnival rides to choose from, good food, vendors, great laughter, and memories to last a life time, hosted every year in October. As the Gateway to the Texas Forest Country there is a rich cultural tradition here in Crockett and Houston County. From quality performing arts provided by the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association to local festivals throughout the year like the Salmon Lake Bluegrass Festival and Peanut Festival in Grapeland, Lovelady Lovefest in Lovelady, Christmas in Crockett and The World Championship Fiddlers Festival in Crockett, along with many other forms of entertainment. Residents have the opportunity to experience entertainment in a region filled with cultural venues that offer a lifetime of rewarding experiences.

Christmas on the Square (Located Right here in Crockett Tx). Crockett’s largest and most exciting event is the Annual Christmas in Crockett Arts and Crafts Festival which is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Christmas in Crockett will host over 150 vendors and every kind of food imaginable.

Area Attractions

CADDO MOUNDS

Caddo Mounds is a prehistoric site located outside of Houston County on State Hwy. 21 West, 6 miles east of Mission Tejas State Park at 1649 State Hwy. 21 West. There is a 0.7 mile self-guided interpretive trail to see the Caddo’s burial, low temple, and ceremonial mounds. For more information call 936-858.3218 or visit the Texas Historical Commission website

DAVY CROCKETT NATIONAL FOREST

A 160,000 acres national forest, named after Davy Crockett. Contains trails, woodlands, campsites, recreation habitat, and wildlife observation areas.

The ranger district office is located at 18551 State Hwy 7 East, Kennard, Texas. Contact the U.S. Forest Service – Davy Crockett District at 936-655-2299 or visit www.fs.usda.gov for more information.

DAVY CROCKETT SPRING & MURAL AT BREWER PARK

It is located on Goliath Avenue, underneath the railroad underpass, west of the County Court House. It is believed that Davy Crockett and a group of soldiers camp there on their way to the Alamo.

DOWNES-ALDRICH HOUSE

206 North Seventh Street, Crockett

Built in 1893, the house was built according to Eastlake-Victorian architecture, and owned by a local business man called J.E. Downes. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Houston County, Texas.

EL CAMINO REAL DE LOS TEJAS NATIONAL HISTORICAL TRAIL

Highway 6 in Louisiana and Highway 21 in Texas

One of many Houston County, Texas attractions, the El Camino Real de Los Tejas was designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004. El Camino Real de los Tejas has existed for more than 300 years. El Camino Real has its easternmost beginning in Natchitoches, Louisiana and runs from Piney Woods through rolling hills to the arid lands of Old Mexico. There are many things to do along this beautiful roadway.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

701 East Goliad, Crockett

This is one of the oldest congregations in Texas. The church was built in 1902. First United Methodist Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Houston County, Texas.

FOUR C NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Forest Service Rd 520, Kennard, TX 75847

This trail is located on the Davy Crockett National Forest. The 20-mile trail begins at Ratcliff Lake and ends at the Neches Overlook. The trail leads the hiker through pines, bottomland hardwoods, boggy sloughs, and upland forests. It also passes through the Big Slough Wilderness Area, providing visitors an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Neches Bluff Overlook, located at the north end of the trail offers a panoramic view of pine and hardwood forests in the Neches River bottomlands with picnic and primitive camping facilities.

GLENWOOD CEMETERY

E. Pease Street in Crockett

Crockett’s oldest burial ground, Glenwood Cemetery, opened soon after Houston County was created and the county seat founded in 1837. Burials include early Texas heroes and statesmen; a friend visited by David Crockett on way to the Alamo; a grandnephew of U.S. President Monroe; and city’s first elected major.

GRAPELAND SAFARI

13440 US Hwy 287 N in Grapeland Phone:936-687-5292

This is a great place to visit for young and adults. It features zebras, buffalo, llamas, Axis Deer, Fallow deer, Sika deer, and camels to name a few. www.grapelandsafari.com.

HOUSTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Houston County has had five courthouses; 1838, 1851, 1869,1883 and the current courthouse, which was built in 1939. The courthouse is located on the square in Crockett and it is surrounded by quaint buildings, antique stores, restaurants and gift shops. The Houston County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Houston County, Texas.

HOUSTON COUNTY LAKE

Crockett Family Resort is right on the lake. The lake is great for bass, crappie, and catfish fishing. We have 116 RV sites with full hook-ups (30 and 50Amp), cabins, kitchenettes, and dorms. We also have two Clubhouses for your weddings, family reunions, or any other event. Our pool is heated year round. We have putt-putt, and other outdoor games. We have a boat ramp, marina, and fuel and restaurant service coming up. Visit Website for more information.

HOUSTON COUNTY VISITORS CENTER DEPOT MUSEUM

303 South First Street, Crockett

The 1909 International – Great Northern Railroad Depot is the home of the Houston County Museum. Call for open hours. 936-544-9520.

MARY ALLEN SEMINARY, ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

803 North Fourth Street, Crockett

The Mary Allen Seminary for African American girls was established in 1886. The Seminary stood poignantly on the crest of a hill one mile north of the town square of Crockett, Texas. In 1933, the Seminary became coeducational and changed its name to Mary Allen Junior College; the school later became a four-year institution. Through the years, the building suffered deterioration, fire, neglect and natural disasters dating from 1912 to early seventies. Mary Allen College closed its doors in 1972. The Administration Building is the only partially remaining structure.

MISSION TEJAS STATE PARK

120 State Park Rd. 44, Grapeland

Mission Tejas State Park provides a variety of programs for all ages most Saturday, and the Friends Group of Mission Tejas hosts a Folk Festival at the park in April. The park is located in Houston County, 21 miles northeast of Crockett and 12 miles southwest of Alto on Texas 21.

The site of Texas’ first Spanish mission, Mission San Francisco de los Tejas, which was established in 1690 as a response to the La Salle Expedition. A replica of the mission stands in the park. Also in the park is the restored Rice Family Log Home, built in 1828 and restored in 1974. The home, which Joseph Redmund Rice, Sr. constructed between 1828 and 1838, is one of the oldest structures in the area. The home served as a stopover for immigrants, adventurers and local residents traveling the Old San Antonio Road across early Texas.

Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing. A pond located near the picnic area offers an excellent opportunity to explore aquatic life and fish. Hiking and nature trails provide access to the natural beauty of the East Texas Pineywoods. The park offers a range of campsites, including full hook-ups for recreational vehicles. The park also has group facilities and you can rent the Mission San Francisco de los Tejas representation for weddings and other activities. Guided park tours are available upon request. Visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/mission-tejas or call 936-687-2394 for special tours and scheduled events. School tours of the two historic structures can be arranged by calling the park headquarters in advance.

MONROE-CROOK HOUSE

707 East Houston Avenue, Crockett

The Monroe-Crook House was built in 1854 by Armistead Thompson Monroe, a local merchant and great nephew of President James Monroe. The Greek revival residence reflected the style of home in Virginia. Bricks between the inner and outer walls add insulation and strength. Heart oak lumber was brought from Shreveport for construction, and it is furnished with furniture from New York. Monroe-Crook House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Houston County, Texas.

PINEY CREEK HORSE TRAIL

The Piney Creek Horse Trail is a system of trails that meanders through the East Texas piney woods in the Davy Crockett National Forest. Trails are marked with different colored triangles. The trails are primitive and offers forest visitors more than 50 miles of developed horse trails located several miles southwest of Kennard. There are two trailheads: Piney Creek Trailhead has pit toilets, designated campsites, a self-service pay station and municipal water; White Rock Trailhead has pit toilets.There is a $10 per day per vehicle charge for use of the trail and/or camping.

Contact the park office several days prior to your ride to obtain a permit and information on parking and trail access: District Office in Ratcliff, located on FM 227, off Highway 7, between Crockett and Lufkin. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays. If you have a question or comment concerning the horse trails, please call the U.S. Forest Service – Davy Crockett District at 936-655-2299.

RATCLIFF LAKE RECREATION AREA

Ratcliff Lake recreation area is located at 18551 State Highway 7 East. From Crockett, take State Highway 7 east for 15 miles. The recreation area is on the left between the towns of Ratcliff and Kennard. The Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, surrounds a 45- acre lake. The area offers recreation visitors camping, picnicking, a swimming beach and bathhouse, concession stand, an amphitheater, an interpretive forest trail, showers, boating and fishing in a beautiful forest setting. For more information contact the U.S. Forest Service – Davy Crockett District at 936-655-2299.