Atlanta State Park
Know Before You Go
Be sure you have packed everything you need before reaching Atlanta State Park, it is a bit of a drive to the nearest store.
Atlanta State Parks sits along the shores of Wright-Patman Lake, and offers boat ramps, swimming and fishing. A fishing license is not required to fish along the bank while inside the state park. The park also has loaner fishing poles and tackle.
The park rents canoes for exploring the lake.
There are 5 hiking trails in the park, all under 2 miles.
We arrived at Atlanta State Park just in time for a class on Mining for Gold in Texas! Yes, that’s not a typo, the park interpreter was teaching a class on how to pan for gold and use a sluice. He said the Texas Hill Country wasn’t at rich as some other states, but with a little work and patience you could still find gold in many of the rivers there! We can’t wait to try it this spring and summer!
East Texas Clay
The whiteish colored clay found at the edge of the lake was used by native Americans and settlers in Texas to make cups, bowls and the children would even use it to make marbles! We had to try it out, and with the help of some of the other children we met in the park, we dug up a little of the clay and shaped it into small marbles. We then placed it around our campfire that night to harden it enough for the kids to play with them! It was such a great hit! You can take it a step further by learning how to build a kiln like the native americans, or even slaking and screening it to remove impurities and making your own cups and bowls!
Atlanta State Park
927 Park Road 42 Atlanta, TX 75551
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