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East Texas Arboretum, Athens

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Garden · Park
Mailing address: ETABS PO BOX 2231

Physical Address: 1601 Patterson Road

Athens Texas 75751

Phone,: 903.675.5630

Located inside the loop off of HWY 175 inside the City Limits of Athens Texas.
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  • We came here a few months ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed hiking the trails at the arboretum. The nature, plants, and ecosystems present here are absolutely beautiful to see, and coming to the East...  more »
  • Such a beautiful place to visit. We spent the most amazing afternoon there walking around and the women there were so nice and friendly and grateful to have us there. Everyone was wearing masks and...  more »
  • The displays on the main grounds are truly beautiful. The memorial to our military is worth the visit in and of its self. The ONLY downside is that I wish there cartographer was a little better at his job while I enjoyed my walk in the woods I got a little turned around and seemed to cover some of the trails more than once! I know I went across the suspension bridge twice, which by the way is just plumb neat. But had a difficult time understanding the directions. I need to make the admission that the very friendly young man that was there that early morning helped me find where to pay when arriving early in the morning. I did manage to pick up a few pieces of trash along the way and even found a pair of lopers. Thanks to all that work so hard on the upkeep of this nature center. Next time I am lucky enough to visit Athens I will make it a point to visit again! (Maybe I will learn how to read the map!).
  • The main portion of this site is a well developed series of gardens and sculptures. There's something for everyone here: plant nuts, exercise enthusiasts, little kids, and romantic couples. Our morning visit was a perfect chance to give the kiddos some exercise and take some colorful pictures ourselves. The volunteer we met was very helpful and friendly. We did try the short hike and the trail is quite unimproved - wear good footwear because of all the tree roots and muddy areas. But definitely worth doing!
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