Atlanta State Park

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Atlanta State Park

Texas

(903) 796-6476

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Overview

Atlanta State Park is 1475 acres 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.

The park offers swimming in a designated sandy beach area (no lifeguard on duty) on Wright Patman Lake, a nature trail and a hiking trail of five miles, water skiing, boating (canoe rentals are available at the park), and fishing. Wright Patman Lake is also a popular fishing spot. The reservoir covers 20,300 acres and has an average depth of 7.6 feet. There are 170 miles of shoreline. On shore, the activities include walking, nature study, hiking, camping, picnicking, or jogging along roads, trails or shorelines. Bicycling is popular along the hilly park and area roads.

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Latitude, Longitude: 33.233221, -94.245464

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoe rentals are available at the park. Boat ramps are available.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is popular along the hilly park and area roads.

  • Camping

    Campground facilities include restroom 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); playground 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.

  • Fishing

    Popula sports fish include largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish. Texas Parks and Wildlife regulations and licenses apply.

  • Hiking

    There is a nature trail and a hiking trail of five miles.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available at the group pavilion, and at near by tables.

  • RVing

    The campground accomodates pop-ups and RVs with pull through sites.

  • Water Sports

    Canoe rentals are available. Also enjoy water skiing on Lake Wright Patman.

Directions

Driving

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).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(903) 796-6476

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