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Staying in East Texas – Visit Jasper
Staying in East Texas – Visit Jasper

Nestled deep in the heart of East Texas, you’ll find the town of Jasper. Known as the Butterfly Capital of the state, this town of a little over 8,000 residents celebrates monarch migration each year with a butterfly festival held the first weekend of October.

Besides the annual butterfly festival, there are plenty of things to see and do around Jasper, which is located near two National Forests, Angelina and Sabine, as well as Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. In addition to recreational activities in the parks, you’ll find hiking, picnicking, fishing and boating opportunities at nearby lakes. Lake Sam Rayburn, located in the East Texas Piney Woods north of Jasper, is the biggest man-made lake in the state. Visitors can enjoy large-mouth bass tournaments and other opportunities for skilled and novice fisherman alike. Toledo Bend Lake, which borders both Texas and Louisiana, is also a highly popular fishing spot.

If birding is more in your line, you can enjoy time on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, which offers unique opportunities for bird watchers. Texas boasts more distinct species of birds than any other state. The trail network includes beautiful wildlife preserves.

In addition to wildlife, the Jasper area also celebrates history. Heritage Village, located in nearby Woodville, offers a unique glimpse of pioneer days in East Texas. Visitors can tour the authentic looking village, enjoy fried chicken and other delicious southern dishes at the renowned Pickett House Restaurant, attend their spring Festival of the Arts or take part in scheduled workshops to learn pioneer skills like butter churning.

The beauties of Jasper extend from wildlife and sightseeing to accommodations. You’ll find gracious southern hospitality and elegant Victorian sensibility when you stay at The Historic Swann Hotel Bed and Breakfast located right in Jasper. Built in 1901, its six beautifully decorated rooms offer comfortable amenities. Take a ten minute drive from the Swann and you’ll find yourself at Sam Rayburn Lake or Martin Dies State Park. Then after a day in the great outdoors, you’ll have a lovely place to come home to.