El Camino Real - San Augustine

San Augustine County invites you to come experience the many reasons it is becoming “the place to live” in Deep East Texas.

The city of San Augustine is the county seat, and one of the oldest settlements in the state, along with the thriving community of Broaddus, 19 miles to the south, makes up the majority of the county’s population of 9,000+. San Augustine is a premier recreation destination. We are bordered by Lake Sam Rayburn on the southwest and the Sabine and Angelina National Forests on the east and northwest. We have beautiful Lake Sam Rayburn for boating and fishing and the scenic Sabine and Angelina National Forests for our nature enthusiast. Take a walk through San Augustine and visit the landmarks sacred to Texas History. Make time to shop and dine in the historical downtown area. We are located in what is known as “The Cradle of Texas”.

We invite you to discover the charm of San Augustine County.

Mission Delores – Take a tour and learn.
Mission Delores is listed in the National Register of Historical Places and is a designated State Archeological Landmark.

The site explores the history of the Spanish experience with the East Texas Native Americans and the French Settlers in western Louisiana. Mission Nuestra Senorade los Dolores de los Ais was first established in 1717 along Ayish Bayou, approximately one-quarter league west of the present site, which is south of San Augustine’s town center, along both sides of State Highway 147. Located on high ground to the east of Ayish Bayou, it straddles a modern transportation corridor (EL Camino Real) that has been in existence for 300 years.

The property also has a RV Park and picnic areas to enjoy.

Heritage Festival – A Texas Treasure Heritage Festival
The Texas Treasure Heritage Festival, in the historical district of downtown San Augustine has lots of family fun including, food, art, musical entertainment, vendors, and classic car show. Tour the recently restored 1919 law Enforcement Jail Museum, and the commemoration of 300 years establishment of the Texas Historical Commissions state historic site Mission Dolores, along with cultural heritage demonstrations, re-enactments and so much more!

Sassafras Festival – Besides being the home of historical attractions including museums, houses, churches and markers, San Augustine County can also boast having had the largest sassafras tree in Texas.
The San Augustine Chamber of Commerce holds the annual Sassafras Festival each year on the fourth Saturday on our historical downtown square. We have many vendors, car show and a BBQ Cook-off along with many other activities. It is a community wide event to be enjoyed by all.