Things to do Jacksonville, Texas

Love’s Lookout This is basically right across the street from us and is a beautiful view and park

Love’s Lookout Visitor/Information Center Love’s Lookout
43822 Hwy. 69 North
Jacksonville, Texas 75766
(903) 586-4868
Fax (903) 586-6944

One of East Texas’ most breathtaking views, Love’s Lookout, north of Jacksonville in Cherokee County is part of a long, flat-topped hill that extends north and south about nine miles. The east side looks over a broad valley – a wide expanse of beautiful scenery, (30-35 miles).

Love’s Lookout Scenic Park highlights a 5,500 square foot facility housing restrooms, vending machines, an information center and a sheriff’s sub-station. Along the lookout ridge are 5 picnic arbors which resemble the tomato shed style of the main building.

Lake Jacksonville


The City of Jacksonville maintains the Lake Jacksonville Recreational area 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.

The Parks department maintains ten screened shelters, seven camping sites with water and electricity, and ten R.V. pads with water and electricity. There are three boat ramps on the lake and two public swimming areas. The camping area also has restroom facilities with showers for the campers.

There are picnic tables in the public area, which is located by one of the swimming areas.






The 29th Annual Tomato Fest will be on June 8, 2013 in Downtown Jacksonville, Texas. 

(Commerce & Austin Streets)

Jacksonville, Texas is known as the Tomato Capital of the World. This title was given to the city back in the early 1900s, when our tasty tomatoes were shipped across the country in state-of-the-art refrigerated rail cars. Nowadays, people from all parts still know a trip to Jacksonville will procure a box or two of our famous tomatoes.

In celebration of our renowned crop, visitors arrive for the annual Tomato fest, held every second Saturday in June, just as the tomatoes ripen. Tomato Fest welcomes festival-goers to gather tomatoes to take home, anticipating their transformation into relishes, salsa, stews and more.

The festival boasts over 26 various activities for the entire family to enjoy. Activities include: Motorcycle, Tractor and Antique Car Shows, Various Tournaments (fishing, soccer & tennis), Arts/crafts/information Booths, Food Court, Farmer’s Market, Salsa Contest, Tomato Shed Tour, Kiwanis Club Auction, Tomato Shoot, Tomato Eating Contest (celebrities & kiddos), Live Entertainment, History Display, Tomato Peeling, Tomato Mashing Contest and many Kids’ Activities.

On June 12, 2010, the festival and its celebrated centerpiece even garnered Jacksonville a starring a role on the television show “Glutton for Punishment”. More than 150 local volunteers, alongside TV personality, Chef Bob Blumer, raced the clock to craft the world’s largest bowl of salsa, certified by Guinness World Records.