Drive-through safari parks have never been more enticing than they are today, for obvious reasons. However, even before COVID-19, Texas welcomed a new safari-like experience seemingly every year in places like Jacksonville, Franklin, Jefferson, and San Antonio. On November 28, 2020, East Texas welcomed Rocky Ridge Drive-Thru Safari to the family. This brand new East Texas safari park is located approximately 13 miles due south of Canton, home to the award-winning Mill Creek Ranch Resort and always extravagant First Monday trade days, a 170-year tradition.
Rocky Ridge, a Brand New Safari Park in East Texas
Rocky Ridge boasts 200-plus acres of preserved, well-maintained land along a backcountry road (farm-to-market road 1256) where the earth’s semi-arid floor meets a lush forest. Taking a drive on the wild side has never been this exhilarating for kids and adults alike, as these towering, majestic beasts will approach your vehicle without hesitation. As the newest drive-thru safari park in Texas (and the South), Rocky Ridge expects thousands of visitors over the coming months. The admission price depends on the size of your party, but costs range from $13.50 to $17.50 per person (kids two and under are free). In order to keep visitors and the animals safe, please read through Rocky Ridge’s rules before your arrival. Now, let’s move onto the main event: the animals!
25 Species (and Counting)
Much like other East Texas safari parks, most of Rocky Ridge’s exotic inhabitants reign from Africa and Asia. These foreign species thrive in East Texas’ climate. Rocky Ridge boasts a wide variety of well-known animals, including bison, zebras, cattle, llamas, and emu. However, gear up for an up-close-and-personal encounter with a never-before-soon animal, such as a sable antelope, aoudad, barasingha, fallow deer, and chital. It’s not only a visual delight, but each car is gifted a bag of seed. Remember: no hand-feeding; riders are asked to toss the seed out of the window. With 25 different species (and counting), Rocky Ridge is bound to be one of Canton’s main attractions for many years to come.
Cottage Getaways in Texas: Mill Creek Ranch
After motoring through (at eight miles an hour) East Texas’ newest safari park, return to Mill Creek Ranch Resort for a memorable evening. Leave yourselves ample daylight in hopes of taking full advantage of our many on-site amenities, including the swimming pool, disc golf course, fishing ponds, hiking trails, and children’s treehouse. Mill Creek remains one of the most eclectic getaway destinations in East Texas (and far beyond) as we boast 100 RV sites, cottages, a yurt, and, of course, tiny houses!
During the winter months, our most popular asset is our monthly RV park rentals. We can accommodate groups of all sizes, even mega RV rallies. So, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or an inquiry. Please check availability online or call us directly at 866-488-6020.