Texas State Rail Road
Palestine Gateway Welcome Sign

Welcome to Palestine

Welcome to Palestine, county seat of Anderson County and one of the oldest and most historic cities located in beautiful East Texas. Anderson County marks the gateway from the flat blackland prairies into the hilly forest region of deep East Texas in what is called the Post Oak Belt of Texas. Elevation throughout the area ranges from 200 to 700 feet.

Set among the beautiful pines and dogwood trees, Palestine Texas is a graceful and romantic city where Victorian homes and bed & breakfasts are neighbors of modern hotels and restaurants. Large magnolia trees and white columns welcome you to this gateway of a bygone era. Over 1,800 historical sites grace Palestine, second only to Galveston.

Railroad buffs and all the young at heart will want to discover the mystique and enjoy a ride on the Texas State Railroad, in one of Texas' oldest Railroad towns. The Palestine Depot reflects the architecture of the early 20th century. Because of the trains historical authenticity, the railroad park and its old steamers frequently are "stars" in movies and TV.

Palestine takes great pride in its recreational opportunities. If you're an outdoor person, you'll enjoy the Engeling Wildlife Management Area for sport or pleasure. As well, Palestine Community Forest and Lake Palestine offer a variety of activity and recreation. Do it all...fishing, boating, picnicking, nature trails and swimming. Take advantage of this natural paradise where wildlife abounds. Spring is unveiled by the most fascinating blooms of the dogwood trees. Palestine is home and heart of the Texas Dogwood Trails where the 234-acre Davey Dogwood Park showcases the beauty.

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