Texas State Railroad Campground

(47) Reviews

$29.00 USD per night, starting at.

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535 Park Rd 76, Rusk, TX, 75785

The Texas State Railroad Campground is located in the beautiful East Texas town of Rusk and is a great spot for a fun southern escape! We offer campsites with water only, water and electricity or full hookups with 50-amp service and sewer. The Grounds offer picnic tables, grills, fire rings, laundry facility and WiFi! There are separate showers and restrooms onsite, a water splash pad, nature trails and a campground office complete with sundries and firewood for purchase. The 15-acre Cherokee Lake is where fishermen will find a variety fish including crappie, catfish, striped bass, sauger, walleye, smallmouth bass, bluegill and largemouth bass. Whether they are casting, spinning or flying fish, chances of getting a bite are good!

Onsite, travelers may look forward to historic sightseeing. For the history buff, there's plenty of other historic sites, a number of green spaces of nature walks and scenic viewing and of course, visitors may expect great local eateries and bars to enjoy. Whether it's for a night or two, we hope to see you soon!

Last Updated: 04/19/2024

RV Sites

The Rusk Campground features 71 camping sites with full hook-ups, group or tent sites. Each with water and elec. picnic tables grills, fire rings, restrooms and showers. Sites are just a short drive from local attractions such as the Carnegie Library, Museum for East Texas Culture, Howard House museum and the Veteran's Memorial Park. There's also the Davey Dogwood Park for hiking and scenic viewing, the Curious Specialty/Science Museums, Texas State Railroad State Park, Northside Historic District and the Historic Old Town. For the history buff, there's plenty of other historic sites, and there's also a number of green spaces of nature walks and scenic viewing.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Full Hook-up $39.00 $273.00 Choose Your Site
Group Spot $29.00 $203.00 Choose Your Site
Tent Sites

Tent sites are primitive and just a short drive from local attractions like the Carnegie Library, Museum for East Texas Culture, Howard House museum and the Veteran's Memorial Park. There's also the Davey Dogwood Park for hiking and scenic viewing, the Curious Specialty/Science Museums, Texas State Railroad State Park, Northside Historic District and the Historic Old Town. For the history buff, there's plenty of other historic sites, and there's also a number of green spaces of nature walks and scenic viewing.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Tent $25.00 $175.00 Choose Your Site
The ClubHouse

The ClubHouse is a dining hall that has large screen in windows, a full kitchen, and seating for approximately 75 people. Great for reunions, birthday parties, and other gatherings such as wedding receptions.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
The ClubHouse $129.00 $903.00 Choose Your Site
Lakeside Pavilion

Pavilion is lakeside and has a large firepit in the center. Accommodates approximately 75 people

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Lakeside Pavilion $90.00 $630.00 Choose Your Site

This quaint Church is the oldest Catholic church in Cherokee county. This historic chapel seats around 50 people and is ideal for a small wedding.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
The Church $250.00 $1,750.00 Choose Your Site

Report an Issue

Please contact Robert Rainer at 903-721-7462 to report issues/problems with you campground site after 4:00pm

Use of Campground

Check with the attendant in the campground office for use of this historic park and/or campground.

Railroad Tracks

Walking on or beside railroad tracks is illegal. Please stay clear of the railroad tracks at all times.

Operation of a Vehicle

The operation of a vehicle is restricted to roads, driveways and designated parking areas. Please do not park on grass without prior management permission. Operators must have a valid driver's license.


We are a no hunting facility and firearms must remain unloaded and inside a vehicle.

Off Road Vehicles

No use of off-road vehicles, including ATV's, dirt bikes or golf carts, is permitted on railroad property.

Quiet Time

Shhhhh!! We ask that the campground remain a quiet domain between the hours of 10p.m. and 6a.m.

Alcoholic Beverages

As per Texas State Law, drinking alcoholic beverages in public places is outlawed and all of those imbibing must be 21 years or older. Please check with management for designated consumption areas as outlined by state law.

Pet Restrictions

Please secure all pets on a leash not exceeding 6' in length. Please be careful of weather changes and heat indexes when confining a pet in a vehicle for an extended period of time. No one likes a "barker"

General Store

Pets Allowed



Pull-Thru RV Sites

Laundry Facilities


Community Showers

Fire Ring / Grill

Big Rig Friendly

Water Hookups


Picnic Area

Community Restrooms

Dump Station


Sewer Hookups

Paved Roads

Pet Friendly

Trash Service


50 Amps

Picnic Table

30 Amps

Historic Sightseeing



Scenic Drives

Wildlife Viewing

Big Rig Friendly

Family Friendly

Pet Friendly

Tent Camping


Public Park

State Park

Good Sam



Military Discount

Good Sam




First Responders

Train Rider

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535 Park Rd 76, Rusk, TX, 75785
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Looking for some more fun? Be sure to check out the following places!

  • Carnegie Library
  • Museum for the East Texas Culture
  • Howard House Museum
  • Veteran's Memorial Park
  • Davey Dogwood Park
  • Curious Specialty/Science Museum
  • Texas State Railroad State Park
  • Northside Historic District
  • Historic Old Town

Overall Rating: 3.7

Justin Thompson

Very nice place to stay. The sites are a little difficult at times. I had to switch sites because of my trailer, the staff was very accommodating with my request. Would definitely stay there again.

Vic Caldwell

Overall it's pretty good. A bit long in the tooth and could use some TLC here and there. Great setting. Be careful to look at the map closely. Sites are different sizes and some can be a bit awkward to get into if you have a big rig. A few REALLY tight turns as you go further into the park. If you rely on internet better have your own. The park network was hit and miss, up and down the whole time we were there. Cell ph service was spotty but our cell wifi worked just fine. Peaceful place and the road noise (what there is of it) sounds more like the wind blowing through the trees. We'd stay again.

Carol Nielsen

We were very pleased with the reservation process. The parking site 26 was rough and undeveloped but once parked it was very pleasant. Even with a wedding party in the "lodge" it was quiet and peaceful.

Sonya Howard

Nice clean park with friendly staff.

Keith Roberts

The park is not maintained- tall grass, nasty showers, picnic tables rotted, just to name a few things. We reserved 3 nights and left after second night. If it is a state funding issue - someone needs to put some priority to this historic park.

Clayton Elevier

Great place and well kept. Definitely will be back.

Clayton Elevier

Great place and well kept. Definitely will be back.

Becky Richey

My family thoroughly enjoyed our weekend at TX St RR Campground. The staff was super friendly. One gentleman passed us taking photos in front of a beautiful Dogwood, he turned his golf cart around, came back, and offered to take a family shot for us. The lady who greeted us in the office let us drive around and pick our site. It is a small park. We found only one hiking trail, but we enjoyed walking it. We also rode our bikes. Warning, there are hills! Grandkids loved the downhill rides and also had fun on the swings and monkey bars. I saw a splash pad for summer use. We traded being further away from road noise for being in a larger space and closer to a bathroom. It worked well for us, but if you are a light sleeper, be aware that there will be some noise. Seeing the train come into the station was fun, and there are things to see at the depot. The only thing I thought could be improved was the bathroom nearest our site. (Tent Camping near the Clubhouse) It wasn't exactly dirty, but it wasn't exactly clean either. But to be fair, it had rained, so a clean floor would be hard to keep. It was a one-seater with a shower and sink, all in the same little room. Ladies' bathroom had a bench, the men's bathroom did not. We discovered a better bathroom on the RV side. My husband already wants to go back and bring his fishing pole. Oh, if you like barbeque and/or the Astros, visit All-Star Barbeque located about two miles from the park. We appreciate the recommendation from the office staff for that one.

Richard Hoggatt

GreatTrain ride and crew was entertaining

Teresa Parks

Beautiful quiet campground in the Piney Woods. I camped in the RV area. There is a nice bathroom area with great showers as well. Enjoyed the swing set too! Plenty of photo ops. A friend and I drove to Palestine one of the mornings to catch the Texas State Railroad which comes back into the campground. Highly recommend. There is also plenty to do over a long weekend around the towns in the area. Lovely place to relax and wander.

Judy Spitzenberger

Very nice campground. Could use some improvements. Like cleaning the bathrooms, cleaning out the fire pits, replacing the rusted out fire pits and grills. Some of the picnic tables are in really bad rotten condition and need replaced. Workers were all really nice.

Tina Walker

The park was beautiful and very peaceful. The only negative thing is that it's not real conducive to larger trailers. We have a 42 foot 5th wheel and it was a bit tight getting it into our spot. But once we were in everything was great.

Michelle Barnes

How has no one been injured at this park? Not maintained at all, we didn't see staff for DAYS! I've never left such a poor review, but we were really disappointed and the $39 dollar per day fee made it worse. The bridges have rotten wood, Laundry Facility is rotten, you will probably fall through the steps trying to get to it. And if you did happen to get inside there are wasp nest you can see from the windows INSIDE! Some of the sites are CRAZY unlevel, with humps and hills in the site or the concrete busted up. The Women's restroom ( full hook up side) smells like rotten eggs, the drain bubbles and gurgles a rotten sulphur smell. The "air vent" to the women's room is unobstructed to anyone can see in. There are dead bugs and cobwebs everywhere, I swept while I camped so that my child could walk into the bathroom without being scared. The nature trail is overgrown to the point that the bird blind area is crumbling and falling apart. There is a large tree blocking part of the path. The splash pad has no button so it too is out of service. Basically, all the amenities at this campground don't work at all. We took a hike over to the tent campground and the bathroom there has caution tape roping it off. I think the focus is more on the railroad side of things. We did see maintenance crews after days, come and clean up on the day the tourist passenger train was running. Other than the sweet lady running the office, I saw NO ONE! No where to report the issues etc. On the upside, it is a unique camp IF they manage to not let it rot away. We certainly made the best of things in our camper. Seeing the train pull through was neat. We won't be back though. I wish we could have been refunded at least half of our stay. We could have stayed at a fully operational state park for less.

John Pace

A low key little RV park in the forest, near the train station. We enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

Joe Cesaro

Park is very scenic but needs updating.

juan pena

our stay during this time of year was very comfortable it is a nice park. please make it before dark the sites are not lighted the kids at this park were having fun. wifi is week have some tv reception. good nature 👣 trails, lots of brids. I will be back again. please keep ur dogs on a leash.

Justin Bell

Has the potential to be a very nice park. Needs lots of repair, and TLC. I did enjoy my stay.

Elizabeth Lee

Great park. Bathrooms need to be clean more and the roads maintained a little better, but it was a great time.

Vincent Kranz

I guess early November is off season. The campground isn’t bad but the upkeep is terrible. No trash pick up during our stat (6days) and the laundry room is deteriorating and closed because of poor water quality (sulfur). We went to this park to ride the train, but it doesn’t operate between 10/31 and 11/17. Not clear on the web site. Know before you go.

Christa Gillis

Very nice park