Athens, often referred to as “The Home of the Hamburger”, is the county seat of Henderson County. It is located 75 miles southeast of Dallas, 189 miles north of Houston, 26 miles from Canton, and 36 miles west from Tyler. It is a wonderful small town filled with kind, helpful citizens. It also boasts beautiful Lake Athens. Athens is also not far from Cedar Creek Lake, Lake Palestine, and Richland-Chambers Lake. It contains several amenities, some of which include:
East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Arboretum is a gorgeous 100 acre tract that boasts rolling hills, meadows, dense woods, and spring fed streams and marshes. Many enjoy the serene walking and jogging trails, and footbridges that overlook wetlands and wildlife indigenous to the region.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
The Fisheries Center is an amusing 30,000 gallon aquarium and hatchery complex, and home of the famous ShareLumker Program. Visitors can explore the secret habitat of a Hill Country Stream, marvel at this underwater world, and see an American alligator. You are invited to try your hand at the casting ponds. Who knows? You may catch a rainbow trout or channel catfish. Don’t leave without seeing the Angler Hall of Fame and Game Warden Memorial.
Old Fiddler’s Reunion
After 60+ years, there’s still a lot of “fiddlin” going on in Athens. It is held annually on the last Friday of May. Known throughout the nation, The Athens Old Fiddler’s Reunion is one of the oldest in the country that has run continuously. That day the is a lot if pickin’ and fiddlin’ all around the downtown square. Later that evening, a professional country/western band plays for the street dance. Festivities include concession stands, novelty stands, and a carnival.
Henderson County Fair Park Complex
As one of the finest rodeo arenas in East Texas Weekly events are held at this 4500 seat coliseum. Events include local and National Finals, Rodeo’s, US Team Roping, Cutting Horse Finals, NBHA Barrel Racing, and several high profile horse shows including the American Quarter Horse Association, Texas Paint Horse and Palomino Shows, and the Heritage Classic Morgan Show. Every springs brings the Henderson County PRCA Stampede Rodeo.
Henderson County YMCA
The YMCA has served Athens and surrounding area for over 20 years. It has brought family oriented activities centered around sports, exercise, and recreation. Programs are offered in different areas for all age groups. For the older adults, there is low impact form of exercise preventing any wear and tear on the joints. For adults, there is softball, volleyball, and basketball. For the youth, activities can range from swim lessons to indoor soccer.
Athens Scuba Park
Just blocks from the center of Athens there is an 8 acre, azure blue lake that is the Athens Scuba Park. It boasts a training center and dive shop, underwater wrecks, several docks, barbecue pits, picnic tables, both basketball and volleyball court, and shower facilities. Athens Scuba Park offers classes in underwater hunting, wreck diving, and night diving.
Athens Country Club
Members of the Athens Country club enjoy many benefits. There is a beautiful 18 hole golf course with a pro shop. Nice tennis courts located near the swimming pool. You will love the food from the restaurant within the main clubhouse. Accommodations for large parties can be arranged.
East Texas Medical Center
ETMC Athens is a 117 bed healthcare complex specially designed to meet the needs of the patient and family. Situated on a four acre lake, the peaceful environment is brought indoors through the 32 foot atrium, which runs the width of the hospital. Specialized services include labor and delivery rooms, Level l nursery, kidney stone lithotripsy, laparoscopic and laser assisted procedures, 8 bed medical and surgical ICU, 12 bed intermediate care unit, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The emergency department has been surveyed and designated a Level lll trauma center by the Texas Department of Health.
Trinity Valley Community College
TVCC opened its doors in 1946. The college now serves more than 6,000 students at four campuses in Athens, Palestine, Terrell, and Kaufman. TVCC offers a range of academic and occupational education programs for students who want to complete two years and transfer to university or those who need one or two years of training to begin a career in a trade, such as cosmetology, horticulture, or ranch management. Internet courses are also available.
1814 St. Hwy 31 East
Holiday Inn Express
1119 E. Tyler St.
Lake Athens Marina and RV Park
5401 FM 2495
Spanish Trace Inn
716 E. Tyler
205 Hwy 175
1803 Hwy 31 East