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.
Nature of the Area
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 numbers.
History of the Area
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.
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 Louisiana.
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).