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Scenic Fall Foliage Driving Trail

Feature Photo: Fall Foliage Trail Map

Each autumn in Athens, the picturesque landscape transforms to the vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow as leaves begin to turn throughout the East Texas woodlands.

The City of Athens Department of Tourism offers a scenic driving trail for visitors to take this fall season to view the fall foliage of East Texas. Henderson County has breathtaking scenic highways and byways that are identified on the easy to follow map.

The 55-mile self-guided driving trail begins and ends at the Athens Partnership Center, located at 201 W. Corsicana Street, where visitors can pick up additional information about Athens before heading out on the tour.  Athens borders the Texas Forest Trail and Texas Lakes Trail Regions. Here you will find beautiful autumn color displays of the deciduous trees including oaks, maples, sweetgums and sumacs.

Panel Image: Fall Foliage at the Fisheries CenterThe scenic driving trail includes several points of interest such as the NY-TX Zipline Adventures, located atop the highest point in Henderson County; the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, where visitors can walk the interpretive wetland trail and learn about the hatchery; next visitors can stroll through the gardens at the East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society and view the fall foliage from the Arboretum’s observation deck; Tara Vineyard and Winery is the oldest winery in Henderson County and offers a panoramic view of the rolling hills of East Texas including the stately Murchison Home, which overlooks the vineyard.

Athens is located 75 miles southeast of Dallas on U.S. Hwy. 175. Autumn color is expected mid to late November but it is recommended to call ahead. 

Please print the fall foliage trail map by clicking here and the driving directions by clicking here. To request a free visitor's guide, please click here or call us at 888-294-2847.

Special Note: The City of Athens Department of Tourism is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please be sure to check opening hours for each attraction before visiting.

 

 

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