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
brothers, 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
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 Attractions: Nearby attractions
include Caddo Lake State Park, Daingerfield State Park, and Starr
Family Home State Historic Site 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
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.
Canoe rentals are also available. Special rates
are available October - March for senior citizens. Be sure to visit
the Texas State Park Store.
Features: 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
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).