Lufkin, TX

If you find yourself among the pines of East Texas, then you need to visit Lufkin.  This piney-woods town is packed with great things to do and lots to eat.

If you are looking for a dose of history, then look no further than the Texas Forestry Museum which tells the story of the Texas lumber industry.  There are tons of exhibits featuring old equipment, including an old steam engine used to transport wood from the forest to the sawmill.  If you’re looking for edible history, then head to Atkinson’s Candy Company – the home of the Chick-o-Stick.  While they no longer offer public tours of the factory, there is a small candy shop tucked away in the corner of the warehouse where you can buy all sorts of sweets, fresh off the line.

If you need more substance for a meal there are lots of great choices in Lufkin, including Ray’s Drive-In which has been serving up delicious burgers since 1959.  If you’ve got the stomach, go for the Ray’s Special with melty cheese and grilled onions.  They’ll even serve you in your car – the old-fashioned way.  Now if you’re looking for piles of delicious smoked meat, then look no further than Lufkin BBQ with its tasty brisket, ribs, and all the fixins which includes their famous fried rolls.  Once you had one (or a dozen) of these, traditional white bread just won’t do the trick.  Finally, whether you’re just starting your day, or looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, check out Standpipe Coffee House in downtown Lufkin.  It’s a unexpected and truly hip little coffee shop in a historic building.  For something sweet, go with a signature “Standpipe Latte.”  You can thank me later…

If you’re looking to spend time outdoors, then the pines trees are calling your name.  Just down the road is the Davy Crockett National Forest, one of four national forests in Texas.  For a short or long hike, step onto the 4C Trail.  It runs for 20 miles, but you don’t have to do all of it.  If you’d rather travel by water than by land, seek out the Neches – Davy Crockett Paddling Trail.