In the heart of East Texas four highways meet at a point affectionately called "the star" in Henderson. Each can take a traveler to new delights and adventures.

Highway 79 leads to Carthage or a visit to Good Springs to see Jordan plant farms. Highway 64 goes to the Rose Gardens of Tyler and the turn off for the artistry of Edom. Highway 43 leads to a Friday of unforgettable football in Tatum and Stagecoach days in Marshall and Highway 259 leads to a stroll in the Shakespeare Garden of Kilgore.

Yet, it is their origin point where you might linger for day. Henderson is the seat of Rusk County and has a great many things to offer an East Texan wanting a few days away from the fast pace of life. In Henderson lodging is simple and convenient. One can stay in the comfort of the brand new Holiday Inn Express with its Jacuzzi tubs or pull an RV into the many parks in town. For a weekend of camping fun, gather up the family and head to Martin Creek Lake State Park. While in town enjoy some local flavor at lunch by visiting the famous Frank-N-Burger on the star or dip into the Snowflake bakery for a lunch special. For dinner try a picnic outside of Bob’s Barbeque or dine in comfort overlooking the lake at Captain’s Fish House.

For some historic fun visit the Depot Museum and Children’s Discovery Center. You won’t want to miss the double-seater outhouse or the historic one room cabin at the Rusk County historic foundation.

You can take a country drive outside of Henderson to C.E. Rogers old country store for a stick of candy and bottle soda or go for a thrill ride on your go-kart at the Oak Hill Raceway. Then drop in for a round of golf at the crepe Myrtle Golf Course. There are a few days of fun to be had in this sleepy East Texas treasure. In November you can join thousand of visitors for the annual Heritage and Syrup Festival—this year being held November 13 and 14.

When planning a trip to Henderson check your date. The Henderson Civic Theater has productions all year long in the historic Opera House and the Rusk County Expo center hosts events from livestock shows to roping. Or you can kick back and relax on a Saturday night at MoeJoe’s on the square for a latte and live music.

So, when you’re coming to meet a highway for travels and you stop at "the star" in Henderson, stay for a day. For more informationvisit the official Henderson website at You will love the easy feeling and the warm people.

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