Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari, Jacksonville

4.8
#27 of 227 in Wildlife in Texas
Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Nestled in the lush piney woods of East Texas, 12 miles East of Jacksonville, TX. Cherokee Trace Drive-thru Safari is a wildlife park that is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. See over two dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory. At your own pace, enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre preserve.

From the comfort of your own vehicle, you can observe, feed, and photograph these beautiful creatures. This natural environment has miles of roads that take you into a whole different world.
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  • It was a big land and we enjoyed seeing the scenery and it’s relaxing to watch animal so carefree. We saw camels, zebras, deers (diffident kind), water Buffalo, Highland cow, and more. It’s amusing...  more »
  • This is the most fun drive-thru safari I have ever been too. The animals are not agressive at all, but they are HILARIOUS! Just wish I had more food for them. There is a big variety of animals. The...  more »
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  • A fun place to take kids to feed the animals as you drive through. There is a way to buy extra bags of food and re-enter the drive-through after the first go-round. Some of the animals will readily stick their heads through the vehicle windows. Buy an extra bag or two of food if you want plenty to feed all the critters. Still easy to run out if you get too generous early on.
  • My wife and I were skeptical of the Safari before we went, now both my family and I can not wait until we can return. All the animals were friendly and would come up to the car and eat. The camel, Rupert, is definitely a known celebrity for his tendency to steal the bag of food from your lap. The gift shop is very reasonably priced and has something for everyone. Bring baby wipes to wipe your hands off, and ensure that you use the bathroom before you leave for your adventure. The staff was kind and knowledgeable. I feel in love with both the zebras and the highland cattle!!!
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