Nacogdoches has nearly 400 acres of great parks with different options at each one to appeal to all ages. Pack up your picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a book or watch the kids on the playground or play disc golf with older teens and adults – there’s something for everyone!
Eugenia Sterne Park
Address: 700 East Main Street (1 acre)
This little neighborhood park area is right in the midst of downtown and is a great place to let the little ones run around for a bit in a large grassy area (no playground equipment). There is a small parking area for cars and benches to sit on. The nine flags flying in the breeze on tall flag poles and a historical statue with plaque add to the atmosphere. A highlight of this park is the Gazebo, where countless weddings have been held throughout the years. The Gazebo is also a great place for special photos such as to announce your graduation or engagement. In the early evenings, at dusk, you can watch the bats fly out from under the shingles on the gazebo.
4 Acres on South Pecan Street
This is a popular venue for all types of festivals and events throughout the year. It is also a large grassy area that is great for flying kites. Right across the street is a basketball court with 4 goals, 1 pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms and a parking area.
Address: 4800 North Pearl Street (6 acres)
This park features a pond that is stocked annually with trout and fishing is allowed all year (the usual fishing licenses are required). There are some benches and picnic tables and a small area of playground equipment suitable for the youngest children. There are geese at this park that sometimes can try to be aggressive. They are easily shooed away with a gesture and some stern words, but the youngest children may feel a little nervous around them at first. It is not recommended to try to feed these particular geese. There is also a large stand of bamboo on the far side of the park that older children like to explore, but be sure they wear long pants, good shoes, and have an understanding about how to watch out for snakes.
Address: 2110 Maroney Drive (17.5 acres)
The “community built playground” at Maroney Park is the best choice in town for toddlers or other young children who will tend to wander off because the whole playground area is fenced in. This is a great park with many places to climb and explore for all ages and is a good choice for groups that have mixed ages of children. Near the park are four lighted tennis courts, a jogging-exercise trail, basketball goals, picnic tables and a large parking lot. It is recommended that you visit your restroom facilities at home before arriving at the park, although there is a portable toilet available, for emergencies.
Pecan Acres Park
Address: 826 Starr Avenue (23 acres)
Group pavilion, picnic tables, playground equipment, open playfield, disc golf course and parking area. A large part of the park is shaded with mature pecan trees and during pecan season, it is fine to bring your own collection bag and pick up pecans for your family. Pecan Park is most suitable for older children (Pre-K and up) who understand not to wander off, because it is not fenced. Although there is a restroom available for an “emergency”, I’d recommend you use your facilities at home before you visit the park.
Address: 501 Lenwood Street (30 acres)
Group pavilions, picnic tables, playground equipment, charcoal grills, softball practice field, basketball goal, volleyball court, open playfield, restroom and parking area. Pioneer Park is recommended for families or other large groups during the daytime. Visiting the park in the evening or at night is not recommended, especially for individuals.
Mill Pond Park
26 Acres on Fore St.
Basketball pad with 4 goals, playground equipment, group pavilion and restroom facilities.
Woden Road Park
14 Acres on Woden Rd.
Group pavilion, picnic tables, baseball practice field, bar-b-que pit and playground equipment. Lighted covered basketball court, paved access road and additional playground equipment.
1 Acre on Mound St.
Scenic neighborhood park including flower beds, garden, gazebo and drinking fountain.
1 Acre on 1100 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Spraystation, parking facilities. There’s no much shade here, so be sure to bring your hat and sunscreen!
Ritchie Street Park
6 Acres on Ritchie St.
Baseball practice field, landscaping and playground equipment.
Banita Creek Park North 1
2 Acres on Pearl St.
Soccer field, 1 lighted roller hockey court, playground equipment, group pavilion, picnic tables, restroom, parking area, softball practice field and exercise trail.
Banita Creek Park South (Kiwanis)
7 Acres on S. Fredonia
Pavilion, picnic tables and playground equipment.
Lake Nacogdoches East Side Park
3 Acres at Lake Nacogdoches
Picnic tables, swimming area, boat ramp, restroom, bar-b-que pits and parking area.
Lake Nacogdoches West Side Park
40 Acres at Lake Nacogdoches
3 large group pavilions, picnic tables, charcoal grills, swimming area, boat ramp, handicap fishing & boat dock, playground equipment, restrooms, nature-hiking trail and parking areas.
Liberty Hall / el Camino Real
1.5 Acres on East Main St.
Beginning of Lanana Creek Trail, historical building used for rentals and parking area.
Nacogdoches Baseball Complex
31 Acres on NW Loop 224
6 baseball fields (5 lighted), covered bleachers and team areas, concession stand, restrooms and parking facilities.
Pete Smith Athletic Complex
18 Acres on NW Loop 224
4 lighted softball fields, covered team, covered bleachers, parking area, concession and restroom facilities.
Coy Simms Softball Complex
16.5 Acres on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
4 lighted softball fields and bleachers used by the Nacogdoches Youth Softball Association and the SFA Softball Program. Playground equipment, concession stand area, restrooms, water fountain and parking area.
24 Acres on Pilar St.@Ruff
15 soccer fields (1 lighted), pavilion, exercise trail and bleachers. Used by the Nacogdoches Soccer Associations.
100 Acres (10 developed) on 727 FM 3314 (Old Tyler Rd.)
2 Adult soccer fields, parking area, Model Airplane runway area.
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