Outdoor Opportunities in Athens


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The City of Athens Department of Tourism welcomes nature lovers to its outdoor activities and diverse venues. Known for its natural beauty, Athens provides an array of activities for visitors to enjoy the outdoors including bird watching, fishing, boating, nature walks, and golfing just to name a few.  

Athens offers several activities to families during spring break for many schools. On March 7, Keep Athens Beautiful transforms the Henderson County Regional Fair Park grounds and Senior Citizens building into a marketplace for the annual Home and Garden Show. The lawn mower races, hosted by the Lone Star Mower Racing Association, are a new addition to this year’s annual event.  

On March 14, the Cain Center hosts its first St. Patrick’s Day fun run called Come Jig & Jog With Us. Participants can choose the 5K or one-mile run/walk and may register their dog to join them in the fun. 

Also on March 14, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is having its monthly Bird and Nature Walk and hosts  the annual Fly Fish Texas. Fly Fish Texas is aimed at the novice fly fisher and teaches how to tie a fly, cast it and catch a fish with it, all in the same day. Food vendors are on site every day from March 10-14 at the fisheries center so families can spend the entire day enjoying the outdoors during this spring break.

Learn a variety of outdoor skills and engage in activities such as archery, fishing and kayaking at the Outdoor Expo on March 28 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. The event showcases outdoor recreation opportunities in East Texas while teaching some of the skills needed to enjoy them from fishing and outdoor cooking to birding and more.

Participants come from across the country to showcase their personal recipes, meet with fellow Eggheads and share some great food with the crowd at the 5th Annual Athens EggFest on April 11 also at the fisheries center.

The Henderson County Go Texan Rodeo, hosted by the Athens Chamber of Commerce, takes place April 24-25 at the Henderson County Regional Fair Park Complex. Contestants compete in events including team roping, barrel racing, calf roping, the popular 21-and-Older Women’s Calf Scramble, and Bull Riding.

For more information about Athens including hotel accommodations, coupons and upcoming events, visit AthensTX.org or call 1-888-294-2847 to request a free visitor’s guide.

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