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Van Zandt County, Texas

Van Zandt County is located in Eastern Texas features partly forested, level to rolling topography with three soil belts. Also includes the Sabine and Neches rivers, and Lake Tawakoni. Local economy consists of agriculture, government services, and commuters to Dallas and Tyler.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $250K
Highest Price $15M
Total Listings 208
Avg. Days On Market 152
Avg. Price/SQFT $467

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Where is Van Zandt County, Texas?

  • Van Zandt County is on Interstate Highway 20 fifty miles east of Dallas in the Claypan Area of northeastern Texas. The center of the county is at 32° 25' N, 95° 59' W, near the county seat of Canton. Van Zandt County covers 855 square miles, with altitudes ranging from 421 to 573 feet. The Neches River rises in eastern Van Zandt County, and the Sabine River forms part of the northeastern county line. Creeks in the eastern portion of the county are part of the Trinity River watershed.
  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 52,579. The county is named for Isaac Van Zandt (1813-1847), a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas.

Adjacent Counties

  • Rains County (north)
  • Wood County (northeast)
  • Smith County (east)
  • Henderson County (south)
  • Kaufman County (west)
  • Hunt County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Van Zandt County

  • The 355-acre lake of Purtis Creek State Park is a bass fishing destination, but fishing is not all they offer. Come to swim, boat, paddle, camp, explore nature or relax. It is just an hour southeast of Dallas. You’ll find plenty to do at Purtis Creek State Park. You can boat, hike and bike, camp, geocache and picnic. Rent our picnic pavilion for your next gathering.

  • The salt prairie southeast of Canton is the center of the salt deposit in Grand Saline. Salt  water rises to the surface and crystallizes in the sand as the water is evaporated by the sun and wind. The area was used as a source of salt by Caddo Indians as early as 800 AD and by the Cherokee Indians until 1839. 

  • The area provides numerous opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Local attractions include First Monday Trade Days, a gigantic flea market at Canton, Lake Tawakoni, the Edgwood Heritage Park Museum, and the Brewer’s Bells Museum in Canton.

Farming and Ranching in Van Zandt

  • The northwestern third of the county is undulating with gray to black, cracking clayey soils and slightly acidic, light-colored, loamy soils over deep clayey subsoils. The central third has light-colored soils with sandy surfaces over mottled, clayey subsoils. The southeastern third has gently rolling to hilly terrain surfaced by light colored loam over very deep, reddish, clayey subsoils. Natural resources include oil, gas, salt, iron ore, and clays.
  • The climate is subtropical humid with hot summers. The annual average precipitation is forty-three inches, and the average annual temperature is 65° F. Temperatures in January range from an average low of 33° to an average high of 54° F and in July range from 72° to 97° F. The growing season averages 250 days per year, with the last freeze in mid March and the first freeze in late November.
  •  In 2002 the county had 2,842 farms and ranches covering 422,084 acres, 47 percent of which were devoted to crops, 39 percent to pasture, and 10 percent to woodlands. In that year local farmers and ranchers earned $73,027,000, with livestock sales accounting for $39,801,000 of that total. Beef cattle, dairy, nursery crops, hay, sweet potatoes, and vegetables were the chief agricultural products.

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