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East Texas Arboretum extends hours on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


ATHENS, TX -- The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society in Athens, Texas, is announcing new, later business hours on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The arboretum is still open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering a safe and tranquil space for DFW and East Texas residents to get outdoors -- and out of the house.

“Visitor and staff safety are important to us during this current COVID-19 health situation,” said arboretum board president Laura Smith. “We hope that by remaining open daily, we can provide a calming sanctuary away from the concerning issues we are facing, but of course we request that visitors practice all CDC/WHO recommended social distancing and hygiene practices.”

Staff and volunteers continue to maintain the site’s expansive gardens. Plenty of soap and hand sanitizer are on hand, but those who are feeling unwell or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms are asked to stay home.

The East Texas Arboretum is a sprawling, 104-acre nonprofit nature preserve located about one hour southeast of DFW. With two miles of natural trails, dozens of cultivated garden areas, historical structures and attractions like a bee hive and bat house, there is really something for the whole family to enjoy. Bring a picnic, a pet (on a leash) or fly solo with a camera or set of binoculars.

The arboretum depends on funding from admissions, memberships, donations and grants. More information about becoming a member can be found online at easttexasarboretum.org/membership. Admission is free for members and children under 3. Adult admission is $4, students and seniors pay $3 and kids 3-5 are just $1. East Texas Arboretum members are also eligible for special admission privileges and discounts at over 300 gardens in the U.S. through the Reciprocal Admissions Program, including the Dallas Arboretum, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Texas Discovery Gardens and more.

The East Texas Arboretum is located at 1601 Patterson Road in Athens, Texas. For more information, call 903-675-5630. Find us online at http://www.easttexasarboretum.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/easttexasarboretum/.

East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society
Experience unique natural beauty, learn about the ecological importance of native flora and fauna, and enjoy two miles of rugged hiking trails at the East Texas Arboretum in Athens, Texas. The arboretum is dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment and the creation of plant collections arranged in formal and informal gardens for all to enjoy.

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Hi: 79

Tuesday Night


Lo: 54



Hi: 85

Wednesday Night


Lo: 59



Hi: 82

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 57



Hi: 75

Friday Night


Lo: 56

Cedar Creek Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 9/29: 321.80 (-0.20)

Cedar Creek Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 23)

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 81 degrees; 0.06 low. Largemouth bass are good working topwater plugs and jerk baits very early on creek ledges and near boat docks. Shaky heads, black or purple plastic worms, and diving cranks fished in deeper water near boat docks, main lake drop-offs, and timber are productive later in the day. Hybrids and sand bass are being caught off main lake points and humps with slabs and live bait. Crappie are good with jigs and minnows in brush piles, deep water boat docks, and near submerged timber in 15-28’. Catfish are good in 12-25’.