Don't let the slow pace fool you. . .there are all kinds of things to do and see
just outside of Fox Meadows' gate. Opportunities for exploration abound.
Nearby Towns / Points of Interest | Restaurants | Golf | Fishing
|First Monday Trade Days: It all began in the 1850's, when the circuit judge stopped in Canton on the first Monday of each month. This was the day the Judge held court. People from the area came to town on that day to conduct their business, stock their pantries and sit in on court proceedings. Quite naturally, many also brought their own goods, produce and livestock with them to sell or trade. This took place just off the west side of the court house square. Most stories include the trading of wild horses, which were rounded up in the region and brought to Canton to sell.|
Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society: Enjoy this living refuge
of East Texas' natural beauty! The Arboretum spreads over one hundred acres
- rising from marsh and swampland to pastureland, 80 feet higher in elevation.
Old Town Palestine is alive and being revitalized. Located on Crawford St. two blocks West of the Courthouse in the “Hollow” along the Creek, the Turn of the Century buildings are being restored and inhabited with shops, restaurants and a candle factory. The area was once the industrial center of the community.
Railroad Excursions: Since 1896, trains have rolled along the
State Railroad (TSRR), passing through the beautiful pineywoods
and rolling hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas. Today, the historic
state railroad is still maintained as a fully self-contained railroad
system. Its train crews maintain and operate 4 steam engines, 4 antique
diesel locomotives, and a complete steam engine restoration shop; while
its track crew maintains over 25 miles of track and 24 bridges. The TSRR
is known as one of the nation's largest and most unique steam train operations.
The TSRR is one of the only steam railroads in the United States that
runs two steam trains simultaneously on days of operation. The East Bound
and West Bound trains meet twice daily at the mid point of the run. This
gives rail enthusiasts a rare chance to see two historic steam engines
switch and pass. The track length is 25.5 miles; the longest trestle measures
1042 feet and crosses the Neches River. All 24 trestles are concrete.
Train Schedule )
The Museum For East Texas Culture resides in the old Palestine High School building on Micheaux Street in Reagan Park. It was designed and built in 1915-16. The Museum officially opened on March 19, 1982, for the first weekend of the Dogwood Trails.
Engeling Wildlife Management Area (GEWMA): This 10,958 acre
area was purchased from 1950 to 1960 under the Pittman-Robertson Act using
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program funds. The GEWMA's primary
purpose is to function as a wildlife management, research and demonstration
area for the Post Oak Savannah Ecoregion. The area is comprised of 2,000
acres of hardwood bottomland floodplain and almost 500 acres of natural
watercourse, 350 acres of wetlands: marshes and swamps and nearly 300
acres of sphagnum moss bogs. The GEWMA is an island of Post Oak Savannah
surrounded by coastal bermuda grass pastures, harvested timberlands, and
fragmented wildlife habitat. It's rolling sandy hills dominated by post
oak uplands, bottomland hardwood forests, natural springs, pitcher plant
bogs, sloughs, marshes, and relict pine communities contain a rich variety
of wildlife. Sound wildlife management tools like prescribed burning grazing,
brush control and hunting are used to demonstrate the results of proven
practices to resource managers, landowners, and other interested groups
World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store: Features
over 250 mounted examples of wildlife and a replica 1920's grocery store.
Grill and Bar
El Toro Restaurant
Judi Java Joint
Kim Box Car Deli
Grill and Bar
|Golfers, here is a classic course that would be at home in Pinehurst, but it's only 30 minutes east of Fox Meadows. The 7,117-yard par-72 design takes you through a dense pine forest dotted with dogwoods, around rolling mounds, over bunkers with rust-colored sand and past a modest four bodies of water. Venture into the trees and you will have a typically sandy lie, although the Bermuda grass from the fairways is creeping into the rough. Pat Summerall, a Dallas-Fort Worth area resident, and former NFL great and Fox Sports TV play-by-play man, said it reminded him of the land where he grew up in northern Florida. "Pine Dunes is a great place to play golf and relax," he said. "I know I'll be there as often as possible."|
|Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center: They speak fishing there and encourage visitors to take advantage of their 1.2-acre fishing pond, stocked with channel catfish in summer and rainbow trout in the winter. Rods, reels, bait, and instruction are provided at no extra charge. Fishing is catch-and-release, except for special harvest events. No fishing license is required for the catch-and-release program.|
||Richland Chambers Reservoir is an excellent choice for anglers seeking catfishes, crappie, white bass or hybrid stripers. Angling for largemouth bass can be very good where anglers can find vegetation and clear water; however, these areas are somewhat limited in size compared to the 45,000-acre lake surface. Many anglers set jug lines for catfishes and go after schooling white bass and hybrids while waiting for jug line action. Richland Chambers produces abundant crappie (both black and white) and may be area's the most consistent fishery for these fishes.|
|Lake Palestine offers something for everyone in terms of a fishery. The lake is very popular for largemouth bass tournaments due to its consistent success. Both white bass and hybrid striped bass are present; white bass are particularly popular during their spring run up the Neches River and Kickapoo Creeks. Channel and blue catfishes are abundant and flathead catfish provide great opportunity for trophy-sized fish.|
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