Named after the Mediterranean island of Corsica, Corsicana, Texas was officially founded back in 1848 and has evolved into a thriving modern city. It’s home to historic buildings, vibrant cafes, and artistic institutions, as well as numerous museums and landmarks that celebrate its rich history and legendary characters, and is less than an hour's drive south of the massive Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Oil was accidentally discovered in Corsicana by water prospectors in 1894 and marked the start of a development boom in the region, with the city celebrated as the “birthplace” of the Texas oil industry. It’s surrounded by bird-filled wetlands and lakes teeming with fish, making it an ideal place to rent an RV and explore.
The Great Outdoors
Pick up your RV rental in Corsicana and drive southwest to Navarro Mills Lake, which nestles amidst rolling hills dotted with oak and pecan trees. It’s surrounded by hiking trails that are particularly beautiful during the spring when the landscape is ignited with wildflowers, as well as being a popular fishing spot for crappie and catfish. Keen birdwatchers should keep their eyes peeled for great blue herons and hawks, not to mention coyotes, white-tailed deer, and armadillos that also inhabit the surrounding park.
Slightly closer to Corsicana is Lake Halbert Park, another popular recreational area for fishing and boating. There’s a children’s playground if you’re traveling with young visitors, as well as a basketball court and a baseball/softball diamond. Bring a picnic lunch to cook at one of the barbecue grills or just stretch your legs on the walking trails that ring the shores.
Another popular birdwatching destination near Corsicana is the Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area in Fairfield, which encompasses more than 13,000 acres of wetlands and swamps that attract a myriad of birdlife. There’s an observation tower for viewing ospreys, wood storks, and bald eagles, as well as beavers and minks that are often seen in the marshes. Keep your eyes open for white-tailed deer and swamp rabbits while driving on the park’s extensive network of gravel roads.
Pick up your camper rental in Corsicana and head to the American RV Park, which offers large pull-through sites on the edge of town. Take advantage of the Wi-Fi and dog park or mingle with other guests in the large clubhouse.
A short drive east of Corsicana takes you to the Sunset Cove Marina- Campground & RV Resort, which nestles on the edge of Richland Chambers Lake. There are full hookup sites and an on-site convenience store, as well as a boat ramp for launching motorized vessels or rental kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.
Or, you can book a motorhome rental in Corsicana and head to the campground at Shiloh On the Lake in Malakoff. They offer a range of full hook-up and water/electric-only sites surrounded by natural woodland, with a dump station and laundry facilities where you can catch up on your washing.
Corsicana is home to supermarkets if you need to stock up on supplies and gas stations if you want to fill up your RV rental in Corsicana. There’s a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, and fast food places for eating out, as well as a Walmart where you may be able to set up for a night or two with the manager’s permission.
Exploring the City
Park your camper rental near Corsicana and head out to explore the city on foot, beginning at Petroleum Park which marks the “birthplace” of the Texas oil industry. It was here that oil was first discovered in 1894, with the town’s oil field providing 800,000 barrels per year by the early 1900s. Admire the historic derrick and war cannon on display, as well as a wooden jail dating back to 1923.
If you’re interested in the local history, be sure to visit the Pearce Collections Museum at Navarro College in the west of Corsicana. It’s divided into two separate exhibition areas, with one exploring the events and human experience of the Civil War through artifacts and historical documents. The other zone is dedicated to the Western Art Gallery whose collection includes paintings that depict early pioneers, cowboys, and Native Americans in the region.
Another destination not to miss is the Pioneer Village Historical Museum, which comprises a number of pioneer-era buildings that cluster around a watering hole. Wander between the general store, trading post, and blacksmith shop while soaking up the mid-19th-century atmosphere and learn about the local country and western stars at the Lefty Frizzell Museum. In addition to a large statue of this prominent honky-tonk singer, the museum features many of his most famous costumes and boots designed by Nudies Western Tailor.
Whether you’re visiting Navarro County for its bird-filled wetlands or historic towns, book an RV in Corsicana and start exploring.