Named for the Cherokee Indians that once resided there, Cherokee County still maintains the classic natural allure that the Native Americans prized in their homeland.
Visit the fascinating Rusk/Palestine State Park. This Texas State Park offers a hiking trail, picnic area, playground, tennis courts, and fishing jetty. It also contains the historic former Texas State Railroad within its boundaries. Also visit Lake Mayo, a spring-fed lake that is great for fishing, and Lake Palestine for boating, fishing, and camping.
For a day spent at one with nature, mingled with intriguing local history, visit the Jim Hogg Historic Site. This site is a memorial to Texas' first native-born governor, and contains a replica of his birthplace, along with a museum. Outside, there is a nature trail and picnic area. Nature study, historical study, and bird watching are common activities at this site.
Beautiful natural surroundings and friendly people make Cherokee County a pleasant place to visit.