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Athens, Texas

Chosen as the seat of Henderson County in 1850, Athens was so named because it was expected to become the cultural center of the state, as was its namesake, Athens, Greece. The city is located 76 miles southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on U.S. 175, and is home of Trinity Valley Community College.

Hamburgers, the great American fast-food staple, were created in late 1800s by Fletcher Davis, who was a vendor on the Courthouse square. Athens is home to the Annual Texas Fiddlers Contest and Reunion, the oldest such event in the U.S., which is held the last Friday in May on the Courthouse lawn. Visitors can find shopping opportunities for antiques and unique gifts.

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Athens Scuba Park

With underwater visibility of up to 70 feet, there's no telling what you might see - a sunken tour bus, houseboat, airplane, motorcycles and more. Divers flock to the Athens Scuba Park clear blue waters for recreational certification. The average visibility is 30 to 40 feet. The park also features 1

Athens, TX Scuba Diving

Purtis Creek Lake

Purtis Creek State Recreation Area is a 1,533-acre park that includes the 355-acre Purtis Creek Lake. Following its construction, the reservoir was stocked with Florida largemouth bass, channel catfish, copper-nose bluegills, shad and red-ear sunfish. 50

Athens, TX Recreation

Henderson County Historical Museum

Vintage and antique memorabilia are displayed in the 1896

Athens, TX Museums

Athens Country Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Athens, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Athens, TX

Giddings Country Club

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 4 days...

Royal Oaks Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...