Nacogdoches TX Real Estate, Area and Community Information
Nacogdoches, Texas is a community of about 32,000 located in the eastern part of the state. It is the home of Stephen F. Austin State University. A reservoir over 2,000 acres in size is nearby.
Archaeological evidence suggest that Nacogdoches is near the ancient village of Nevantin, the primary settlement of the Caddo people. In 1716, the Spanish established a mission here, the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de los Nacogdoches. In 1779, Nacogdoches was designated a town, the first in what is today Texas. The Mexican military was driven from east Texas in the 1832 Battle of Nacogdoches.
Sam Houston ran his law office downtown until 1836. The first Texas oil well was drilled in the Nacogdoches area in 1859. The Marx Brothers performed here in 1912, and Willie Nelson and his band performed in the city in 1997. Nelson then released his album, “Nacogdoches,” in 2004.
Parks and Recreation
Ten miles west of Nacogdoches is the 2,212-acre Nacogdoches Lake. The reservoir was created in 1976, and today it offers superb Largemouth Bass fishing. There is an 16-inch minimum size requirement, which has helped many bass grow to prodigious sizes. In fact, Nacogdoches Lake has produced three Largemouths weighing over 13 pounds each. The lake also offers very good sunfish and bluegill fishing.
Two parks along the shoreline offer many other recreational opportunities. Enjoy swimming, boating and hiking. There are boat ramps and a dock for disabled fishing. Playgrounds and picnic pavilions are also offered at Nacogoches Lake.
Attractions and Activities
The 10-acre Mast Arboretum is found on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Admission is free. What started as a class project in 1985 has grown to feature over 3,000 plant species scattered over 20 themed gardens. The Ruby Mize Azalea Garden includes 7,000 azaleas along with many camellias and hydrangeas as well.
For the adventurous, there is Zip Nac and its five zip lines. Two of the five are side-by-side, 900-foot long racing lines. The facility also includes a 60-foot sky bridge. Even night zipping is offered.
The Texas Blueberry Festival is a popular mid-June event held downtown every year that is attended by approximately 18,000 locals and visitors. Nacogdoches County is the largest blueberry producer in the state.
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