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Eat, Stay & Play

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So much to do! Places to go, people to meet and things to see! A hub for historical East Texas makes Polk County the place to hang your hat for visiting surrounding attractions. There are many scenic drives through the county as well as historical points that are marked for your interest. Many of the buildings in the area have been restored to closely resemble their original structure.

Your dining experience can include anything from home-style cooking at a small family diner to a fancy meal at a restaurant. Everything from barbeque, seafood and steaks, to deli sandwiches and catfish can be enjoyed. You should not leave the county before sampling some fresh, fried catfish or sinking your teeth into some East Texas BBQ. Assorted bakeries, cafes and bed & breakfasts also offer a wide variety of sweet treats and desserts. The range in cuisine and dining experience is as varied as the residents of Polk County.

Come stay with us in scenic Polk County. Many historical homes have been restored and welcome travelers to enjoy their accommodations and mouth-watering cuisine. These bed & breakfast facilities, along with friendly hotels, beautiful campgrounds and convenient RV parks offer a complete range of overnight opportunities. Livingston State Park and other public campgrounds at Lake Tombigbee, located on the site of the Alabama-Coushatta reservation, are also available. The Escapees RV Club is located at the Rainbow’s End RV Park, south of Livingston, and offers RV sites with full hookups, clubhouse, swimming pools, games/activities and more.A vast array of recreational, entertainment and cultural activities can be found in Polk County.

Our sparkling 93,000-acre Lake Livingston is just the beginning for what awaits you in Polk County. Let the wind blow your cares away and the sun warm you with a glow to take home. Wet your whistle and jump head first into fishing, boating, skiing, canoeing or perhaps a leisurely guided pontoon boat tour. Biking, hiking or birding are natural pastimes for your enjoyment as well.

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Lake Livingston State Park is a 653-acre park that is prime for camping, picnicking, biking, nature study, fishing, water skiing and boating. Livingston City Parks include Pedigo Park, Matthews Street Park (offering picnic areas, pavilions with restroom facilities, tennis courts, a walking trail, exercise training stations, playground areas and a swimming pool). Several other parks and visitor areas can be found along the roadways throughout the county, including Anniversary Park (Livingston), Heritage Park (Livingston), Wm. P. Hobby Park (Moscow), Corrigan City Park (on Hwy 287), Bonner Park (Onalaska) and City Gazebo Parks in Livingston as well as Corrigan.

Known as Texas’ hidden treasure, Polk County is replete with gorgeous spans of lush greenery and nearly unlimited recreational adventures. The internationally recognized Big Thicket Forest Preserve is considered the biological crossroads of North America. Its combination of pine and cypress forest, hardwood forest, meadows and blackwater swamp is home to over 185 species of birds, 50 reptile species, numerous mammal species and more. It has over 3,300 different species of plants, some of which are very rare. The preserve covers 97,550 acres and offers designated hiking, fishing, swimming, hunting/trapping areas and camping areas. Bring your picnic basket as you drive our scenic roads that wind in and out of 1,097 square miles of rolling hills and majestic pine forests that reach up and kiss the wide open Texas sky. While meandering through our wilderness back roads, visit the farmers’ market, berry farms, tree farms and day lily farms that make our area special. Stop to read the historical markers along the way or visit the old cemeteries and churches that are tucked away in the trees.

For more information on the historical aspects and markers visit the Polk County Memorial Museum, located at 514 W. Mill St. in Livingston. Walk around the block and visit the Jonas Davis log cabin and the W.T. Carter Steam Locomotive (Heritage Park). If you are interested in trains, visit the Georgia Pacific plant and see the Camden rail, which is in use to this day. Take a minute to read the historical marker. In downtown Livingston, you can visit the County Courthouse and Miss Effie’s Cottage.

Feel the heartbeat of the drums at the Alabama-Coushatta Pow-Wows and become a part of this proud peoples’ customs in the friendship dance. For more information regarding tribe functions contact the Alabama-Coushatta at (936) 563-1100 or visit alabama-coushatta.com.

A variety of shopping options are available in Polk County. There are various specialty shops, antique dealers and boutiques within the area. Trade Days at Pedigo Park (held the Friday through Sunday before the third Monday of each month) offers an abundance of arts, crafts, antiques and collectibles. Trade Days also offers a variety of novelty products ranging from homemade candles and stained glass, to local honey products and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Polk County also offers the more traditional shopping experience of small malls and clothing stores.

Enjoy a local theater production or community concert to top off your stay. Local high school theater groups and church groups perform at different times during the year. The Piney Woods Players, a local amateur theater group, stage regular community theater performances. A vast array of choices can be found with the Livingston Community Concert Association. Every season, they feature a different selection of musical performers, concerts, dance troupes and much more.

For those who prefer more of a Western flair, catch a local rodeo or roping. The Polk County Youth Rodeo Association has a variety of activities throughout the year, ranging from the annual Livestock Show and Rodeo (usually in the spring), and Youth Rodeo (usually in July), to specialized events for performing or training purposes.

Care to learn to quilt? The Livingston Piecemakers Quilt Guild schedules regular community projects and holds monthly meetings that anyone can attend to experience the art of quilting.

Seasonal activities abound in the different communities and cities. We salute July 4th with old-fashioned parades, kid’s fest, patriotic music and fireworks displays. The Alabama-Coushatta tribe fireworks display is on July 3rd and Onalaska hosts a large fireworks display over the lake on July 4th. Every community celebrates in a different way and participates in other community activities. July 4th city parades can be found in Corrigan, Livingston and Onalaska, as well as the various subdivisions and outlying areas.

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“There’s no place like home for the holidays” and Livingston, Onalaska and Corrigan invite all their neighbors to join them for their Christmas Celebrations in December (Livingston—Hometown Christmas, Corrigan—inter Festival and Onalaska—Christmas in our Town). Various artists, craftsmen and booths offer a variety of wares and entertainment at the different Christmas celebrations. Artist and craftsmen also sell and demonstrate their skills during the May Day Art Festival in Livingston. The wide variety of cultures in Polk County is celebrated during the Multicultural Event held on Martin Luther King Day. This event includes traditional dances, music and food. It is free to the public and well worth the trip.

Enjoy a flavorful blend of spacious wilderness, boundless recreational activities, unique shopping and dining opportunities that are sure to tempt any age. We invite you to “Come Home” to beautiful Polk County, Texas.

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