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Cherokee County, Texas

Cherokee County, located in East Texas, features hilly and partly forested topography. It drains into the Angelina and Neches Rivers, and consists of many streams, Lake Palestine, Lake Striker, and Lake Jacksonville. Soils consist of sand and clay. Local economy includes government services, varied manufacturing and agribusiness.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $774K
Lowest Price $250K
Highest Price $3.6M
Total Listings 84
Avg. Days On Market 97
Avg. Price/SQFT $394

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Where is Cherokee County, Texas?

  • Cherokee County is located in central East Texas, bordered on the north by Smith County, on the east by Rusk and Nacogdoches counties, on the south by Angelina County, and on the west by Anderson and Houston counties. It was named for the Cherokee Indians, who lived in the area before being expelled in 1839. Rusk, the county seat, is 130 miles southeast of Dallas and 160 miles north of Houston. The center of the 1,049-square-mile county is located near Rusk at 31°48' north latitude and 95°10' west longitude.
  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 50,845. The county seat is Rusk. The county was named for the Cherokee, who lived in the area before being expelled in 1839. Rusk, the county seat, is 130 miles southeast of Dallas and 160 miles north of Houston. Cherokee County comprises the Jacksonville, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Tyler-Jacksonville, TX Combined Statistical Area.

Adjacent Counties

  • Smith County (north)
  • Rusk County (northeast, east)
  • Nacogdoches County (east, southeast)
  • Angelina County (southeast)
  • Houston County (southwest)
  • Anderson County (west)
  • Henderson County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Cherokee County

  • More than 1,200 years ago, a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai built a village 26 miles west of present-day Nacogdoches. The site was the southwestern-most ceremonial center for the great Mound Builder culture. Today, three earthen mounds still rise from the lush Pineywoods landscape, where visitors discover the everyday life and the history of this ancient civilization.
  • The City of Jacksonville Maintains the Lake Jacksonville Recreational Area Lake Jacksonville which is located about three miles from downtown Jacksonville and offers 1,325 acres of water. The lake is surrounded by homes and lovely East Texas scenery. 
  • Nestled in the lush piney woods of East Texas, 12 miles East of Jacksonville, TX. Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari is a wildlife park that is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. See over two dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory. At your own pace, enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre preserve.

Farming and Ranching in Cherokee County 

  • The soil surface in Cherokee County consists of sandy and clay loams interspersed with alluvial bottoms. Redlands cover a fourth of the county. A forest of shortleaf and loblolly pine with mixed hardwoods covers 57.6 percent of the land. Timber, rich soils, abundant water, oil, natural gas, clays, and iron ore lead the list of natural resources. The hilly terrain ranges from 250 to 570 feet above sea level.
  • The underlying Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer provides much of the water supply to municipalities. Average annual rainfall is 44.26 inches. The temperature ranges from an average low of 38° F in January to an average high of 94° F in July. The average growing season extends 258 days.
  •  Almost 13,859,000 cubic feet of pinewood and over 6,490,000 cubic feet of hardwood were harvested in the county in 2003. In that same year, there were eighty manufacturing firms in the county, many of which produced plastics, coils, or timber products. In 2002 the county had 1,508 farms and ranches covering 286,306 acres, 42 percent of which were devoted to crops, 33 percent to pasture, and 21 percent to woodlands. In that year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $123,180,000; crop sales accounted for $86,332,000 of the total. Nursery plants, dairy, beef cattle, hay, and truck crops were the chief agricultural products.

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