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Adventure Time: Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari

Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari

1200 County Road 4405, Jacksonville, TX 75766

CherokeeTrace.com, 903-683-3322

Each paid Admission comes with one sack of feed.

Adults: $15.95

Kids 3-12: $10.95

Seniors 65+: $13.95

If adventure is what you’re looking for, that is exactly what you will find at the Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari in Jacksonville.

Tucked back in the woods of Rusk County is a 300-acre preserve filled with some of the most unique animals you have ever seen.

Each person gets a bag of food to feed the animals. No matter how busy the trail is, these animals always come for more.

You are advised to throw the food out the window so the animals don’t get too close to the car.

We had a hard time following this rule and the animals would get up close and personal with the car, but how can anyone complain when there are adorable zebras coming right up to your window. Our car did get a couple of scratches from some of the animals, so be aware that this can happen.

Along with the food, you also are given a guide book with pictures and names of all the animals in the park. The girls enjoyed matching the pictures to the animals in real life.

Make sure you give yourself at least two hours to drive though the safari to give yourself enough time to experience the animals. And don’t worry, a quarter of the way through the trail there is an option to detour for bathrooms and snacks.

After the trail, if you have worked up an appetite, there are several picnic tables around the area, as well as a cool teepee that the kids can play in. You can really spend a whole afternoon here, and even though this was one of the more expensive adventures we’ve taken, it was definitely worth it.


• Picnic lunch

• Camera

• Car with a sunroof (if that’s an option)

• Sense of adventure

• Hand sanitizer and wet wipes

• Extra money for snacks/extra feed/souvenirs

• Give yourself at least 3-4 hours if you plan to picnic afterward.

All our love,

The Adventurers

The Adventures of Seri and Abi is a blog featuring the 4- and 5-year-old daughters of Lili Rodriguez and Alyx Pace. They go on adventures almost every week to a new place around East Texas and share their experiences on their blog, AdventuresOfSeriAndAbi.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and follow them on Instagram at @adventuresofseriandabi_.

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