Recreation

Palestine is the gateway to Lake Palestine, Gus England Wildlife Preserve, Trinity River gar fishing, numerous guided wild hog hunting adventures. 

Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland, Texas is one of the best kept secrets in East Texas and a portal back to the early days of life in the pines. Complete with a historic village, cabins and rv hookups, and arguably the best swimming hole in East Texas, Salmon Lake Park is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, not to mention a photographer's dream.

The Texas State Railroad is a historic 25 mi railroad between Rusk and Palestine, Texas. Founded in 1881 by the state of Texas to haul freight, regular service on the line was ended in 1921. The state leased the line to private companies until 1969 then turned it over to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1972. In 2007, the railroad was transferred to the Texas State Railroad Authority and is now privately operated as a living history museum.

Palestine is home to many guided adventures for the outdoorsman.  Bubba Bedre has a guide service for fishermen that want to land the monster alligator gar that have been featured on such shows as “River Monsters” and his brother Brian will giude you on a nightvision hunt for the elusive wild hogs.