Take a Self-Guided Tour on Athens’ Scenic Fall Foliage Trail


Cool, crisp temperatures of the fall season arrive in Athens and with that comes an onset of autumn color. Each autumn in Athens the picturesque landscape transforms to vibrant colors throughout the East Texas woodlands.

The City of Athens Department of Tourism offers a scenic driving trail for visitors to view the colorful foliage of East Texas this season.

“Henderson County has breathtaking scenic highways and byways that are identified on the easy-to-follow interactive map,” said Sherri Skeeters, tourism coordinator for the City of Athens Department of Tourism.

Athens borders the Texas Forest Trail and Texas Lakes Trail regions. Visitors find beautiful autumn color displays of the deciduous trees including oaks, maples, sweet gums and sumacs.

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.

The scenic driving trail includes several points of interest such as the New York, Texas Zipline 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; the East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society and Tara Vineyard and Winery, the oldest winery in Henderson County.

Autumn color is expected mid to late November but it is recommended to call ahead. For more information or to request a free visitor’s guide call 1-888-294-2847 or visit AthensTX.org to download the interactive map.

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