Nestled in the heart of East Texas, Jasper offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and Southern charm. When you stay at our Jasper, Texas bed and breakfast, you will get to discover Jasper, known as “The Jewel of the Forest” and a hidden gem that provides visitors with many activities and attractions. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures or a glimpse into the region’s fascinating past, here’s a guide to experiencing the perfect three days in Jasper, Texas.
Day 1: Embrace the natural landscape
Start your journey by immersing yourself in the breathtaking natural wonders that surround Jasper. Begin your day with a visit to Martin Dies Jr. State Park, known for its pristine lakes, scenic trails, and abundant wildlife. Enjoy boating, fishing or kayaking in the tranquil waters, or venture along the park’s hiking trails to experience the enchanting beauty of towering trees and vibrant flora.
For a truly immersive experience, head to the Big Thicket National Preserve. This vast wilderness is a haven for nature enthusiasts, boasting diverse ecosystems, rare plant species, and a rich variety of birdlife. Embark on a guided nature walk or explore the park’s waterways by canoe, allowing the serene surroundings to captivate your senses.
Discover Jasper day 2: Step back in time
Delve into Jasper’s intriguing history on the second day of your stay. Begin with a visit to the Jasper County Historical Museum. Located on the courthouse square, it’s in the location of the former Hancock Drug Store and houses artifacts and exhibits that tell the region’s story, from its early Native American inhabitants to its prominence during the timber and oil boom days. Uncover past eras through captivating displays and interactive exhibits.
Next, pay a visit to the Jasper Public Library and Genealogical Society and trace your family roots or learn more about the area’s genealogy. The knowledgeable staff can guide you through historical documents, records and resources, and help you discover hidden connections and personal narratives.
In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll through downtown Jasper. The centerpiece of downtown is our beautiful courthouse. This lovely building was designed in the Italianate style by Eugene T. Heiner and built in 1889, and is so remarkable that it earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Continue your stroll on the town square, admire the charming architecture, and browse local stores. A favorite is Brandi’s House, featuring home decor, items for both men and women, great teacher gifts, and even a wedding and baby registry. Be careful, they have the best shortbread cookies in town (totally addictive!!).
On your way back to The Bird & Butterfly Inn, don’t hesitate to make a few stops :
– Smitty’s Smokehouse is a must if barbeque is on your agenda. Ribs so tender, the meat literally falls off the bone. Add some mac ‘n cheese to that order, you won’t be disappointed.
– The Rusty Rooster and Junktique have some of best collections of antiques, dishes, glassware and other collectibles. Whether you’re looking for something in particular or just looking, you will find something to take back home with you. It’s a great way to walk off some of that BBQ.
Day 3: Adventure and relaxation
On your final day exploring Jasper, you can experience the thrill of adventure or just enjoy relaxation. Begin with a visit to Powell Park. With kayak, canoe, paddle boat, and pontoon boat rentals, you’re sure to find a way to get on the water. The Sam Rayburn Reservoir is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Rent a boat and spend the morning exploring the sprawling lake, or try your hand at fishing; Lake Sam Rayburn is a top fishing destination and renowned for the largemouth bass.
For a more laid-back experience, head to Ebenezer Park, where you can visit the sandy beach and enjoy watching the horses cool off in the water. Take a refreshing dip or rent a paddle board and explore the lake at your own pace.
If you’re a postcard writer, pick up a few from our gift shop on your way out because under the shade trees is the perfect place to jot a few lines to friends and family about what a magical place this is.
Jasper, Texas, offers an enchanting blend of natural beauty, rich history, and recreational opportunities. And if you choose to follow our three-day itinerary, you can discover the true essence of this charming town. From exploring pristine state parks to delving into the region’s captivating history, from thrilling outdoor adventures to relishing moments of tranquility, Jasper has something for everyone. Book your escape now at the Angelina River’s best-kept secret and experience the perfect three days in Jasper, Texas—a journey filled with remarkable memories that will last a lifetime