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Rusk County Youth Expo Center
One of the finest facilities of its kind in the state, the $3.2 million Rusk County Expo Center was completed in 1995 as a complement to the existing Ag Center. This allows the facility to combine the functions as an Ag center with the capabilities of the open-air arena.

The Expo Center has 100,000 square feet under roof with a seating capacity of 4,700. A horse barn with 32 stalls allows overnight accommodation for horses. The center has a busy calendar with events scheduled every weekend. Cattle sales, rodeos, team penning, cutting horse competitions, and auto and recreation shows have been booked into the facility. Check events calendar for specific dates. Upon entering the gates at the Expo, check out the World War II T-33 trainer aircraft erected in the memory of all veterans.

The center is located one mile past the city limits on FM 13. For information call Phillip Davis @ Lone star Feed (903) 657-2161 or the City of Henderson Tourism / Main Street Department toll free (903) 657-6551.

Martin Creek State Park

Martin Creek State Park Recreation Area offers a wide choice for outdoor fun and recreation in a beautiful East Texas environment. Avid fisherman flock to the park’s 5,000-acre lake, filled with black bass, white bass, perch, crappie and catfish. Campers and hikers relax at one of the 60 multi-use campsites, 12 primitive campsites or 21 screened shelters.

A scenic wooded island, accessible only by a footbridge or boat, is the perfect place for a picnic or overnight stay by those who enjoy primitive camping. The swimming beach is an especially popular attraction with families. Playground and six miles of mountain biking trails are available. Watch able wildlife includes white tailed deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons and armadillos. Bird watchers enjoy the mallard ducks, great blue herons, green-backed herons, great egrets, redheaded woodpeckers and bobwhites. During the months of November-February, bald eagles are spotted. A field bird guide is available at the park office.

Located 15 miles northeast of Henderson, park office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Summer hours are longer. Call (903) 836-4336 for information. Reservations recommended.

Area Lakes
  • Martin Creek Lake State Park (see above)
  • Lake Striker 20 miles south of Henderson off U.S. Highway 79 S.
  • Lake Murval 30 miles east on U.S. Highway 79 E.