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Henderson County, Texas

Henderson County is located in East Texas and is bounded by the Neches and Trinity rivers. Land features rolling, hilly topography with forested land with sandy, loam, and clay soils. Contains Cedar Creek Reservoir, Lake Palestine, Lake Athens, Forest Grove Reservoir and Trinidad Lake. Local economy consists of agribusiness, retail trade, varied manufacturing, minerals, recreation and tourism.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.4M
Lowest Price $250K
Highest Price $12.5M
Total Listings 152
Avg. Days On Market 100
Avg. Price/SQFT $675

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Where is Henderson County, Texas?

  • Henderson County is in East Texas between the Neches and Trinity Rivers. Athens, the largest city, and county seat is near the geographical center of the county (at 32°10' N, 95°50' W), about sixty miles southeast of Dallas on U.S. Highway 175, at the intersection of State highways 31 and 19. Henderson County is in a transitional region between East and Central Texas.

  • Two major lakes are partly in the county: Cedar Creek Reservoir on the northwest and Lake Palestine on the southeast. The county encompasses 949.7 square miles and has different land-resource areas that run almost parallel to the two river boundaries in a northwesterly to a southeasterly direction. The eastern third of the county, along the Neches River, is part of the East Texas Timberlands.

  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 78,532. The county is named in honor of James Pinckney Henderson, the first attorney general of the Republic of Texas, and secretary of state for the republic. He later served as the first governor of Texas. Henderson County comprises the Athens micropolitan statistical area, which is also included in the Dallas-Fort Worth combined statistical area.

Adjacent Counties 

  • Kaufman County (north)
  • Van Zandt County (north)
  • Smith County (east)
  • Cherokee County (southeast)
  • Anderson County (south)
  • Freestone County (southwest)
  • Navarro County (west)
  • Ellis County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Henderson County

  • Lake Athens Marina & RV Park is located on picturesque Lake Athens where our guest can enjoy the great views from the shoreline. This 1,799-acre spring fed lake is located on FM 2495 and is best known for its largemouth bass. Lake Athens is a great place to enjoy fishing, as well as watersport activities. There are kayak and paddleboard rentals available for our guests to go out and experience the beauty of the lake and its surroundings.

  • The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society "ETABS" (over 100 acres) is an arboretum and collection of botanical gardens and historical buildings located at 1601 Patterson Road, Athens, Texas in the United States. At present the site features the arboretum and a variety of gardens, including butterfly, cottage, display, herb, kitchen, native plant, perennial, master gardeners' Dream Garden, and rose gardens. It also contains a collection of historical buildings, water garden, and two miles of hiking trails. Web site features history, maps, photos, and brochures.

  • Recreation and entertainment, hunting, and fishing, bring people to the county along the Texas Forest Trail and the Texas Lakes Trail. The Old Fiddlers Reunion is held in May, and the Black-Eyed Pea Jamboree in July, both in Athens.

Farming and Ranching in Henderson County

  • The county is hilly and rolling, with an elevation from 256 to 763 feet above sea level. The western part drains into the Trinity River, and the eastern section drains into the Neches River. Mineral resources include oil and gas reserves, sulfur, lignite coal, sand and gravel, and clay used for making bricks and pottery.
  • The climate is considered subtropical. Temperatures range from an average range in July and August of 72° F to 96° and in January of 34° to 56°, for an average annual temperature of 65°. The average annual rainfall is forty inches, and the growing season extends to 260 days. The average date of the last freeze is March 11, and the first freeze is around November 26. Because of its favorable climate, the county's recreation areas are popular retirement centers.
  • The eastern third of the county, along the Neches River, is part of the East Texas Timberlands. This region has wooded, rolling terrain surfaced by deep sandy loams and sands. Loblolly and shortleaf pine, sweet gum, post oak, southern red oak, white oak, and flowering dogwoods grow in this region.

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