Nacogdoches, Texas


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

9 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


The oldest town in Texas lives by the mantra “Keep Nacogdoches Friendly,” with businesses embracing hospitality training to become Texas Certified Friendly even. The community is so small the mayor is also the local dentist, and everyone’s approachable.

Visitors can explore Millard’s Crossing historic village, Lake Nacogdoches, or Lanana Creek Trail. Most notably, Nacogdoches is home to Stephen F. Austin State University and serves as a warm welcome for students away from home.

Local favorites include the Saturday farmer’s market and The Blueberry Place, where you can pick your own blueberries right off the vine and leave payment in a basket on the honor system. Visitors are encouraged to experience historic local bed and breakfasts, stroll the nature trails, and browse antiques while in town.

I transferred to SFA my sophomore year of college and I loved it but I don't think it was until I graduated and moved back to the Houston area that I realized just how much I loved it and appreciated all of the simple but wonderful things Nacogdoches has to offer. I was just accepted to a doctoral program at SFA and am so excited about moving back to Nac! I've been back up here visiting a lot lately and on one occasion brought both my mother and grandmother to town for Mother's Day. We stayed at Pine Creek Country Inn which is the perfect getaway place and also visited a few places in town. After a wonderful day and great hospitality everywhere we went we drove through Java Jacks for coffee and after we paid my grandmother says from the back seat of the car, "Is everybody here always this nice?" My answer: "Actually, yeah, they are." She talked about how friendly everybody was and how pleasant the day had been. This is one of the many things that makes Nacogdoches so special. Coming from greater Houston I love that in Nacogodoches I can just hop in the car and easily get anywhere I need to go. There is something for everybody too. Outdoor lovers can enjoy Lake Nacogdoches, Lanana Creek Trail and all kinds of camping in East Texas. Sports fans can catch some great college athletics at SFA. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Cole Art Center and a number of art productions and shows at SFA. Foodies will love Ribeye Night at Pine Creek, soups, sandwiches and a Canoli at Shelley's Bakery, the art of coffee at Tabu, and mouthwatering Italian off the beaten path at Auntie Pastas. History buffs will be in heaven here, the oldest town in Texas and music lovers will jump at the sounds coming from Banita Creek Hall, Hotel Fredonia and large concerts at Johnson Coliseum. If I had more room I'd tell you just how great Nacogdoches is for families, college students and those in their retirement years. It has something to offer no matter where you're at in life!
Reviewed by Collinscm15
on September 17, 2012
Ive lived here all 26 years of my life.. I plan on raising my children here with my husband and the rest of my family that is still here. Its nice and quite place to be. Not a lot of choices for shopping but its okay if you like the small town life style
Reviewed by brittsha
on September 17, 2012
You can't beat Nacogdoches. My family has been here since 1989, and we wouldn't change it for anything in the world. Just stepping out your front door, you know that you're surrounded by friends and family anywhere you travel in Nacogdoches. I look forward to giving my son the same amazing memories I had growing up here. You couldn't ask for a friendlier town to raise your family and grow with the ones you love.
Reviewed by aainsworth13
on September 17, 2012
Historic and friendly town. And they have the fastest horses and prettiest women in all of Texas
Reviewed by NICKKER
on September 17, 2012
The town is full of history, is clean and friendly!
Reviewed by Kris_Lockley
on September 17, 2012
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