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Certified Retirement Communities
The Heart of East Texas.

Rusk takes great pride in celebrating and maintaining its historic districts, downtown community and county courthouse. It is a city that is home to a rich culture, balancing the past, present and future, and prides itself on hometown family values. Residents enjoy a friendly, faith-centered community with caring and committed leadership.

Texas State Railroad Park, Lake Jacksonville and Lake Palestine offer great fishing and recreational opportunities. Rusk’s three city parks offer great entertainment for the family, such as walking trails, horseshoe pits and picnicking. Owned and operated by Iowa Pacific, the Texas State Railroad Park hosts several special events annually.

Rusk also is home to the longest wooden footbridge in the nation at 546 feet. Enjoy evenings of entertainment at the city’s athletic complex and build family memories at the ballpark. Cherokee Civic Theatre’s educational programs touch the lives of East Texas residents and visitors of all ages, offering opportunities for both traditional and contemporary cultural and artistic enrichment. The theatre also provides a venue for local talent to produce live entertainment for diverse audiences.

Enjoy a round of golf at one of our local golf courses.

Outstanding medical facilities and shopping in nearby Palestine and Jacksonville are just a few minutes away. Local restaurants offer delicious, quality food. Cherokee County Airport is a short nine miles away. The best combination of fishing, golf and easy country living can be found in Rusk, Texas.

The Rusk Public Library is at the hub of the community, located adjacent to the square, and offers programs year-round for readers of all ages. The Heritage Museum offers a look back at the rich history that East Texas has to offer. The newly renovated Rusk Civic Center also offers residents weekly activities for cultural enrichment.  The city of Rusk takes pride in local schools, churches and clean, safe neighborhoods.

Rusk hosts many local events, such as the Fair on the Square, the First Friday Night Dance, the Golf Tournament and Holiday in the Park. Area churches offer events throughout the year. Local sporting events are held year-round and offer a great opportunity to root for hometown teams.

Nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas, a warm and welcoming community is waiting for you.  As you travel the windy back roads lined with the tall lingering pine trees, you will experience the feeling of being home, a feeling that can be distinctly yours in Rusk.

“The city of Rusk is honored to be designated as a Certified Retirement Community by the Texas Department of Agriculture,” said Mayor Angela Raiborn. “Nestled in the rolling hills of East Texas, Rusk offers a beautiful landscape and East Texas friendly folks. We strive to provide an excellent quality of life for our residents and work to support a robust economy.”

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