Jacksonville, home of the luscious landscape and abundant sunshine produce natural beauty and magnificent smiles! The breathtaking charm of the area is reflected in the lives of the people who live here. Each part of the year brings new and exciting activities where visitors are welcomed and entertained. Come stroll through our neck of the woods, where majestic pines and blue lakes are the answer to everyday worries and cares.
Fun Things to do...
Mud Nationals – this muddy adventure brings over 12,000 each March to Mud Creek Off Road ATV Park. www.mudcreekoffroadpark.com
Tops in Texas Rodeo – beginning the second Wednesday – Saturday evening in May, this annual family affair brings thousands of rodeo fans. Other events taking place includes kids’ day at the park, parade, chuck wagon luncheon and much more.
Annual Tomato Fest - held the second Saturday in June, celebrating the rich tomato history in Jacksonville. Some ‘tomato’ events include Tomato Eating Contest, Peeling Contest, Best Home Grown Contest, Salsa Contest and more. Other events include Kiwanis Club Auction, arts & crafts, Soccer, Tennis & Fishing Tournaments, Entertainment, Street Dance, kids’ activities and much more.
4th of July Fireworks – on Lake Jacksonville is the place for the annual July 4th Fireworks Display. This festive day includes a boat parade and family fun at the concession area.
Thunder in the Pines Motorcycle Rally – the local Police Association plans this annual event in September bringing thousands for weekend activities and entertainment. Proceeds from this motorcycle event if a fund raiser for Cherokee County Crisis Center.
Mudstock – one of many muddy ATV ride held at River Run ATV Park in October.
Spooktacular Bull Bash – local former bull rider ‘Spooky’ Dyess and family created a day of fun for rodeo fans seeking bull riding at the best. Held in late October or early November.
‘Mudville’ is another name for Jacksonville as with the two ATV parks, various events are held throughout the year. (www.mudcreekoffroadpark.com or www.riverrunpark.com)
History – Cherokee County has over 135 historical markers.
Tours – Jacksonville has several businesses available for tour groups. Country Charm Candles is a locally owned business awarded as the 2011 Small Business by Jacksonville Economic Development. Another locally owned business south of Jacksonville is Gourmet Gardens, selling over one million jars of their delicious products. Another treasure is Texas Basket Company a genuine Texas born product selling a variety of baskets, but they have a specialty shop as well.
Adrenaline Rush Zip Line – just minutes from Jacksonville offers a ‘rush’ adventure. The longest ride is 1,700 ft. going about 44 mph!
Fishing – Jacksonville is surrounded by three lakes – Lake Jacksonville, Palestine and Striker.
Cherokee Civic Theater –dramatic arts handled by volunteers providing seasonal plays just 10 minutes from Jacksonville. www.cherokeetheatre.net
Love’s Lookout Visitor Center – one of the most awesome views in the area is a scenic park with large facility housing a visitor center, restrooms, vending machines and picnic areas.
We hope you experience Jacksonville’s pride and ownership in our city, our unique blend of cultural, historic, recreational, and educational opportunities and see why our visitors become our friends. In fact, like so many, after your introduction, you may consider moving to the friendliest and most beautiful area in East Texas. Whether you visit for a day or stay for a life