The Scarecrow Trail | East Texas Moms Blog


Each October, a collection of scarecrows line the well-beaten path, tucked away, in the quiet woods of Ruth Bowling Nichols Arboretum.

The Scarecrow Trail began in the Fall of 2010, hosted by the Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association to benefit the nonprofit, H.O.P.E., Helping Others Pursue Enrichment. It’s now an annual event.

“The purpose of the trail is threefold: to benefit H.O.P.E., to provide enjoyable entertainment for our community, and to spread the word about the Master Gardeners of Cherokee County,” Master Gardener Cassie King said. 

For a small entry fee that benefits the nonprofit, local businesses, classes, organizations, families or individuals can construct a scarecrow to be a part of the trail. The results of their effort is a wide array of creative displays; none spooky and all appropriate for the whole family.

My boys and I have attended the trail for years. We’ve seen a scarecrow doing a cartwheel, recognizable cartoon characters and a cowboy complete with his straw-filled horse just to name a few!

There’s no telling what you’ll see and each year offers something new and different.

The trail will be open October 5th-17th, Monday through Saturday from 8am to 4pm at 1015 SE Loop 456 Jacksonville, Tx.

Admission to the trail is one non-perishable food item or $1 per person in support of H.O.P.E.

“H.O.P.E. has been helping people of Cherokee County for many years. They provide varied services to people in need. Master Gardeners grow vegetables that are given to H.O.P.E. to be used in their daily lunches. Our organization was looking for another way to support them and the idea of the Scarecrow Trail was born,” King said.

Don’t miss this unique Fall tradition that Jacksonville has to offer.