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Athens... Naturally East Texas

Nestled among the rolling hills and piney forests of East Texas, Athens is a mix of landscapes, known for its striking autumn colors, and the beauty of its dogwoods and azaleas in the Spring.

Cheescake on a stick from New York, TX Cheesecake bakery
Cheescake on a stick

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Texas Fiddlers Contest
Texas Fiddlers Contest

Only 75 miles southeast of Dallas/Fort Worth, Athens, Texas combines the charm of a small southern town with many amenities offered by larger cities. With its rolling hills, lakes and streams, Athens is a favorite getaway for picnics, country walks, fishing, boating, antiquing, or just plain relaxing.

Attractions in the area match its natural setting. At The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center visitors enjoy aquatic displays, interactive exhibits, tram rides, dive shows, and a fishing pond where instruction & equipment are provided.

The East Texas Arboretum offers year-round natural beauty. Enjoy a hike on the walking trails or enjoy the grounds at the outdoor pavilion. Get close to elephants, donkeys, primates and more at Black Beauty Ranch, home to rescued domestic and exotic animals.

The Henderson County Fair Park Complex offers rodeos, horse shows, cowboy concerts, and much more! Something is going on virtually every weekend, and most events are free.

Consider a day of shopping at our many specialty food stores, restaurants, and unique gifts & antique shops. Stop by the famous New York, TX Cheesecake bakery and get a taste of your own little piece of heaven.

Did you know the hamburger is said to have originated in Athens? Yep, even McDonald's University says so. "Uncle" Fletcher Davis introduced his wonderful new sandwich at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, and it has since become an American icon. For more on the early life in East Texas, be sure to visit the Henderson County Historical Museum.

For more information about our city, come by our Visitor Center on the square, call 888-294-2847 for a free brochure, or visit us at

Visitor Information:

Athens, Texas

Athens Visitor Initiative Program
124 North Palestine, Athens, TX 75751
903-677-0775 or t
Toll-free 1-888-294-AVIP


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