SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND ATHENS
We're just a short 8.5 miles from Purtis Creek State Park where visitors can take advantage of canoeing and kayaking (rentals available at the State Park), walking and hiking trails, a fishing dock and a swimming area with a sandy beach. Admission is just $5 per car or use your Texas State Parks annual pass.
A few miles up the road is Cedar Creek Reservoir. At over 35,500 acres surface area and 320 miles of shoreline, this huge lake offers all kinds of water sports and plentiful fishing. Largemouth bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, yellow catfish, and crappie are the predominant fish found in there. There are 2 public boat ramps and several private marinas that offer access to the lake. In addition, rental boats and jet skis are available from several outfitters around the lake.
Tara Vineyard & Winery is located just a few miles from the Texan RV Park. Nestled in among the vineyard is the TARA INN housed in the Murchison House. Built in the 1880′s and relocated from downtown Athens, this historic house is a charming backdrop for wine tastings, dining and other events.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is only 13 miles from the Texan RV Park and offers a visitor's center and daily tours of the state of the art fish hatchery. The 0.8 mile (one way) wetland trail is an easy walk for all ages and is wheelchair accessible. Don't neglect a stop at Lake Zebco at the fishery. Everyone can fish on the 1.2-acre pond which is stocked year-round. Rods, reels, and bait are provided at no charge, and staff and volunteers are on hand in the Brookshire’s Anglers Pavilion to answer questions and render assistance as needed.
Canton First Monday Trade Days dates back to the 1850s when the circuit judge would stop in Canton on the first Monday of every month. Now known as 'The World's Largest Flea Market', the Trade Days draw visitors from all over the US. With over 5000 vendors, this is the place to find all kinds of treasures. Trade Days are no longer held on Monday. The Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday BEFORE the first Monday are now the Trade Days. Check their website to verify dates.
The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society is not to be missed when you're in Athens. Comprised of one hundred acres of wooded beauty, trees, flowers, and wildlife, the forest appears to come alive as you meander along two miles of woodland trails. Make your way along winding, spring-fed streams connected by a 115-foot suspension bridge. Experience life in early Henderson County at the historic Wofford House Museum. Built-in 1850, it stands as a reminder of early pioneer days complete with period furnishings, memorabilia, and a seasonal garden.
For the adventuresome, Athens Scuba Park is your destination! It's an all-inclusive dive facility that provides sales, service, classes, and travel. With over 35 sunken wrecks and 11 diving docks around the warm spring-fed lake, you're sure to enjoy your visit.
Casual dining and exceptional craft beers are to be had at the Cedar Creek Brewery. Located in Seven Points, Texas, Cedar Creek Brewery boasts national award winning beers. Fill your growler, or pick up a six-pack to take with you or enjoy a seasonal brew and a televised sporting event at the brewery.
Experience the thrill of a lifetime at New York, Texas ZipLine Adventures. You can take a 6 Zipline Tour or try the 9 ZipLine Challenge Tour with a 1500 ft. line and 2 cable sky bridges leading to a 40ft. zip tower. Your zipline adventure will take you from treetop to treetop with 30-mile views from each platform and high above the rocky hillside of one of the highest elevations in East Texas. Located in the New York Community just 15-20 minutes east of Athens where the East Texas Hill Country begins. Along with your ZipLine Tour, enjoy the wildlife and learn about the local ecology or just relax in a beautiful, peaceful, private setting.