Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit)

     


Rusk, Texas
Phone: (903) 683-2561

Sites: 71
Recent Rate: $28 5/2014


Latitude: 31.8058721965802
Longitude: -95.1946421597717

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

19 Reviews

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msunnergren

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is really nice, it is under the trees and close to the train depot. We arrived here on a Sunday afternoon in time to see the diesel train depart for Palestine and the steam train arrive back. On a weekday there isn't many campers. Our dog enjoyed a swim in the lake. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Travel Trailer.

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svaughn

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here during spring break with four grandchildren. They occupied their time fishing in the lake, riding scooters/bikes, playing washers, and riding the train. We did the round trip train ride from Rusk to Palestine with box lunches. Next time I will probably just pack sack lunches for everybody. The sites are a little tricky to maneuver even though you can pull through. We had to move our 33' RV to a more level spot when our front tires were about 4" to 5" off the ground after leveling. All in all it was a great trip. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Motorhome.

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housecar

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed 2 nights in order to ride the train and did receive a discount on the camping cost. The park has been privately run for several years and is kind of shabby. Many sites were occupied by "monthly" renters, some were oil workers and some not. Many people driving through quite fast and no one stopping them. Wi-Fi only worked at the office. Unfortunately the train ride was not at all scenic, but the staff were very friendly and nice. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Motorhome.

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D.Hearne

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Another great campground. Lots of shade. The Texas State RR runs right through the campground, walking distance to the Rusk Depot. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Travel Trailer.

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chowhound

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is now operated by the historic Texas State Railroad. They are making improvements as they go. Not all sites are full hook up only (1-32). No assigned sites, this is a first come, first serve and the office closes at 5 p.m. The sites are mostly level asphalt but very narrow, with small pull through loops on either side of the road for 32 sites, Very large rigs may have difficulty. Some of the sites sit very close to the highway so noise is a problem. The main draw is the historic train rides to Palestine (about 1 1/2 hours each way)and/or the occasional theme rides during other times of the year. The tickets are pricey $124 for two adults and one child. The train trip was nice but not really a good value for the money. There is also a small splash pad for the kids, playground, and several open areas to play. If it weren't for the train, we would have rated the park just above average. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Motorhome.

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Griggs

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

I was very disappointed with this park. When we checked in we told that it was now a Good Sam park. If we had came in after dark we would have wrapped our 35 ft. motor home around a tree or trees. In 40 years of camping I have never been in a tighter spot. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Motorhome.

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rgatijnet

Review Count: 105
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a pretty basic RV park but it is in a nice setting with easy access right of US-84. The sites are not huge but they were more than adequate for our coach and dingy. It is pretty much a first come first serve park and the office does close at 5 PM. The staff was very friendly and helpful. For us this was a one-night only stop on our way West and this was perfect for a good night's rest. The water pressure was fine and the electric was stable. They have Wi-Fi at the office only but cell phone service was OK and our air card worked OK. We would stay here again when we are in the area. This State Park offers steam and diesel train rides between here and Palestine, TX but we did not have time to take the trip. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Motorhome.

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J-Lou

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has so much potential and is under new management, so there is much promise. We paid for a full hook up site, plugged into the 50 amp plug but only received 30 amps. Trains only run on week ends and were told to pick our own site, so we moved, 3 times to be able to receive 50 amp service. The site we were in was the least of tall trees, thus were able to use the satellite. The pull through sites are barely that, all on a half circle type of pad and you have to be careful of the large trees pulling in. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Motorhome.

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just2ofus

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We had the park to ourselves because the train wasn't scheduled to run on the two days we were there. The assistant camp host came by and invited us to tour the train restoration facilities which was very interesting and a pleasant surprise. I don't remember the exact rate but it was very reasonable so I put $15.00. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Travel Trailer.

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cottonwood

Review Count: 102
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Typical Texas State Park camping, however lot of pull through sites. The Railroad is on site and the railroad organization runs the park. Park is a little close to the road but overall very sold park. Could get crowded during railroad events, we were the only ones there during a Feb weekend which probably added to our enjoyment. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Motorhome.

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Maybelle

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice campground and state park. We went the weekend that the park Sponsored the Thomas the Tank Engine Train ride. This was awesome. The park is very clean, relaxing, and a joy to be in. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Superdogsteve

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a great time at the Thomas the Train event, and we even took the Fall Steam Train Excursion out of Palestine. The park was full, but well maintained. We always like staying here. The pull thru spaces are convenient, but I suggest getting there early because the park is dark at night. We learned that they hard way two years ago for the Polar Express. We will definitely be back. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Motorhome.

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n5lfh

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Typical Texas SP camping, but I think the railroad organization now operates the park. Pick ur site, lots of shade, some pull thru sites that are partially paved. Good water pressure, electric voltage and easy driving. Having the train close was a nice adder. Rusk is on our return list. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Travel Trailer.

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Superdogsteve

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here to enjoy the Polar Express train that runs on the Texas Railroad. The park was very well kept, the facilities were clean and the kids loved the playground. All the sights are pull through and are all along the road, so you don't feel like you are squished in, side by side. We will come back again when we ride the train in the future. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Travel Trailer.

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Lisa L.

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our favorite state park. Not only is the place absolutely beautiful, but it is very family friendly. Unlike most of the state parks in Texas, this one has sewer hook ups, and all of the sites on our side were large pull through. There is a large playground area, and sites on the perimeter face away from the street for privacy. This place is very family friendly and the staff is wonderful. Be sure and take a ride on the Texas State Railroad which leaves from the depot there in the park. It was the highlight of the weekend, so pack a picnic and enjoy the trip. We camped at Rusk Depot Campground (formerly Rusk State Park - Rusk Unit) in a Travel Trailer.

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