What to do in Atlanta State Park

Atlanta State Park is 1475 acres large and sits on Lake Wright Patman Dam in Cass County, a few miles southwest of Texarkana. Texas acquired the land in 1954 by Department of the Army License which expires in 2004 with option to renew to 2054.

Caddo Indians, the most culturally advanced tribe in Texas, once made this area their home. The Caddos settled the area peacefully as farmers, unlike their nomadic and warlike brother, the Apaches and Comanches. Excavations conducted by the Smithsonian Institute produced many graves and artifacts, and archaeologists found evidence of a house pattern with post molds still intact.

Most of the attractions relate to accessible activities within Wright Patman Lake, or along the lake's 170 mile shoreline. The park offers swimming in a designated sandy beach area (no lifeguard on duty). The reservoir covers 20,300 acres and has an average depth of 7.6 feet. There are 170 miles of shoreline.

Contrasting seasonal colors of terrain, the lake, sunsets, and pine forests are breathtaking. Abundant bird and wildlife species and woodland plants offer excellent opportunities to observers. Crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, and several species of sunfish are present in good numbers, with quality-size fish available for recreational anglers. Catfish - channel, blue, and flathead are also available in large numbers.

Facilities: Facilities include restrooms with and without showers; pull-through and back-in campsites with water and electricity; and pull-through and back-in campsites with water, electricity, and sewer; and trailer dump station. All campsites have tent pad, picnic table, water, a fire pit, and grill. There is group picnic pavilion with tables under shelter and tables adjacent, with grill, electricity, water, and restrooms nearby (accommodates 100); two playgrounds with swings and slides; sand volleyball courts; basketball court; horseshoe pits; 3.8 miles of hiking trails; 1.2 miles of nature/interpretive trails; amphitheater with the capacity of 50; a trailer dump station; concrete launching ramps; and a covered fish-cleaning shelter. Special rates are available October - March for senior citizens.

Nearby attractions include Caddo Lake and Daingerfield State Parks, and Starr Family State Historical Park in Marshall Texas.

Atlanta abounds in antique, collectible, craft, and gift shops. Along with the dam and lake, include the town of Jefferson, with antebellum homes and the community of Three States, where you can stand in Texas and Arkansas and touch Louisiana.

Camping and entrance fees vary. For reservations call 512/389-8900. Current conditions including fire bans and water levels can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Recreation opportunities at this Texas State Park include camping, picnicking, hiking, walking, bicycle riding, viewing interpretive panels and camping. Use of the lake is encouraged and very popular. Individuals can enjoy water skiing, boating and fishing on Wright Patman Lake.

Atlanta State Park is situated within the Pineywoods area of Texas between Atlanta and Texarkana, Texas, on the southern shoreline of Wright Patman Lake. To reach the park, which is 11 miles northwest of Atlanta, exit from US Highway 59 onto FM 96, and go west 9 miles to FM 1154, then north 2 miles to Park Road 42 entrance, (FM 1154 dead ends at the park).

Atlanta State Park is located at an elevation of 264 feet. Temperatures within the park range from an average July high of 90 degrees to a January average low of 32 degrees. The first/last freeze is November 9/March 27 and the wettest months are April, May. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

RR 1, Box 116
Atlanta, TX 75551

Phone: 903/796-6476

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