It's important for you to get out and get active, Nacogdoches! Although it is easy to do a variety of physical activities around your house, sometimes it's nice to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. Nacogdoches has a great network of local trails for walkers, runners, cyclists and hikers to enjoy. A walk along the trails of Nacogdoches, accessible from several sites, can transport a hiker from a city environment to near wilderness conditions. Restrooms and water fountains are located in some areas. You'll find points of interest, a brief history and a Trails of Nacogdoches map below to help plan your trek accordingly.
Along Nacogdoches Trails
Points of interest include:
• Jimmy Hinds Park
• Pineywoods Native Plant Center
• Oak Grove Cemetery
• Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden
• Gayla Mize Garden
• Mast Arboretum
• Pecan Acres Park
• Father Margil Historic Site
• Zion Hill Cemetery
• Nacogdoches Demonstration Garden
• Clint Dempsey Soccer Complex
• Coy Simms Softball Complex
• Nacogdoches Farmer’s Market
• Dog Park Nacogdoches
• Ab’s Park
A Dream Come True
Lanana and Banita Creek Trails are the fulfillment of a dream of the late Dr. Frances E. “Ab” Abernethy, former professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU).
The Nacogdoches trail clearing began as a US Bicentennial project in 1976 and became a Sesquicentennial project when Texas celebrated its independence from Mexico in 1986.
To complete Lanana Creek Trail between the campus of SFASU and downtown, Dr. Abernethy invested hundreds of hours. He worked to secure materials and recruited muscle from friends, service clubs and crews from the City of Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation Department.
In 2014, Dr. Abernethy began creating a trail along the Banita Creek. In 2015, a Trail Committee was formed to assist Dr. Abernethy in obtaining funds and working on the trail.
Today, the Lanana Creek Trail is accessible from downtown all the way to the North Loop of Nacogdoches.
We are forever indebted to Dr. Abernethy, our trail blazer, for his dedication and hard work to better our community through a connected system of trails.