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Follow your heart to Athens

ETMC Athens is located in Henderson County, the gateway to East Texas. Located approximately 75 miles southeast of Dallas, the county is home to about 75,000 residents. Population in the county has grown by 25 percent over the past decade. Whether you prefer living in a small town, on a ranch, near a lake, or close to a large city, Henderson County is the answer.

Scenic lakes and local fun
Athens, the county seat, is located within minutes of five scenic lakes. It is the home of the hamburger, an annual fiddling contest, and the Black-Eyed Pea Festival. Our small city embraces a high quality of life, and is an ideal home to raise a family. A variety of attractions contribute to the good life in Athens:

Lake Athens offers 1,500 acres of bass fishing and is also a prime location for other water sports. The lake is surrounded by beautiful homes, built by those who value spectacular scenery and a tranquil lifestyle.

More activities
Athens is also home to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. There, you and your family can discover life under the water of Texas' freshwater streams, ponds and lakes. A fishing pier and deck seating are also available at the casting pond to allow parents or grandparents to watch as their children fish.

Another water-related attraction, the Athens Scuba Park, is a haven for recreational divers, offering underwater visibility of up to 70 feet.

If you prefer activities on dry land, Athens offers great choices. The East Texas Arboretum offers a hundred acres of springs, marshes and indigenous plants.

Athens also offers fine shopping, with Athens Alley, a renovated warehouse district that now showcases unusual shops, antiques and restaurants. A variety of specialty shops located in historic buildings are sprinkled around the courthouse square. Of course, if you're after a more metropolitan shopping experience, an easy hour and a half drive will bring you to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, or you might choose to visit the restaurants and malls of Tyler located 35 miles east of Athens.

For more about Athens, Texas, life, visit the Athens homepage at