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Rusk County, Texas

Rusk County is located in East Texas on the Sabine-Angelina divide. Land features varied deep, sandy soils with pines and hardwoods. Also includes Martin Creek Lake, Lake Cherokee, and Lake Striker. Local economy is comprised of oil and gas, lignite mining, electricity generation and agriculture.

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Average Price $771K
Lowest Price $250K
Highest Price $2.7M
Total Listings 67
Avg. Days On Market 122
Avg. Price/SQFT $397

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Where is Rusk County, Texas?

  • Rusk County is on the Sabine Uplift of the Coastal Plains between the Sabine and Angelina rivers in the Piney Woods of East Texas. It is 120 miles southeast of Dallas and seventy-five miles west-southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • The county is bounded on the north by Gregg and Harrison counties, on the east by Shelby and Panola counties, on the south by Nacogdoches County, and on the west by Smith and Cherokee counties. Henderson, the county seat, is the near to the geographic center of the county, which is at 32°10' north latitude and 94°45' west longitude.

  •  Rusk County comprises 932 square miles. The terrain is marked by sloping hills, narrow valleys, and glens. The altitude varies from 300 to 750 feet, with the highest elevations along the iron-capped ridges in the northern and northeastern and southern portions.

Adjacent Counties

  • Smith County (northwest)
  • Gregg County (north)
  • Harrison County (northeast)
  • Panola County (east)
  • Shelby County (southeast)
  • Nacogdoches County (south)
  • Cherokee County (southwest)

Sites and Attractions in Rusk County 

  • Just 20 miles southeast of Longview you’ll find a peace­ful place in the East Texas woods: Martin Creek Lake State Park. Fish for bass or catfish, walk the trails, or sit quietly and watch a sunset over the lake.
  • The old 1901 Missouri Pacific railway depot was an important link for old-timers in Rusk County, Texas.  World and local news, gossip and local business concerns traveled by the train to the citizens.  Today the Depot Museum is your ticket to East Texas Heritage.  This Living History Museum houses Rusk County History and offers education instruction for Folk Arts.  Clustered on 5 acres, twelve historic, restored structures from the past tell the tale of the earliest residents of Rusk County.

  • Lake Cherokee, Martin Creek Lake State Recreation Area, and Lake Striker provide recreation for the area, while Harmony Hill Ghost Town, historic homes, and other sites attract many other visitors.

Farming and Ranching in Rusk County 

  • Between 11 and 20 percent of the land in the county is considered prime farmland. The county is forested with more than twenty varieties of trees. Red and white pine, post oak, blackjack, and hickory are commonly found in the uplands, and white oak, red oak, ash, walnut, mulberry, ironwood, gum, elm, beech, and dogwood grow abundantly in the low-lying areas.
  • The climate is subtropical-humid, with mild winters and warm summers. Temperatures range in January from an average low of 35° F to an average high of 56°, and in July from 71° to 94°. The average annual rainfall is forty-five inches. The average relative humidity is 85 percent at 6:00 A.M. and 57 percent at 6:00 P.M. The average annual snowfall is two inches. The growing season averages 250 days a year, with the last freeze in mid-March and the first freeze in mid-November.
  •  In the early twenty-first century oil and gas production, lumbering, and agribusinesses were the key elements of the area's economy. More than 2,823,000 barrels of oil and 75,642,595 cubic feet of gas-well gas were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 1,828,535,077 barrels of oil had been taken from county lands since 1930. Almost 15,356,000 cubic feet of pinewood and almost 5,018,000 cubic feet of hardwood were harvested in the county in 2003.
  • In 2002 the county had 1,391 farms and ranches covering 272,436 acres, 43 percent of which were devoted to crops, 29 percent to pasture, and 21 percent to woodlands. In that year Rusk County farmers and ranchers earned $39,348,000, with livestock sales accounting for $25,374,000 of that total. Beef cattle, nursery plants, and hay were the chief agricultural products.

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