To get here from Dallas, take US 175 South. From Houston, take I-45 North to Corsicana, then Texas State Highway 31 East. From Austin, take I-35 North to Waco, then Texas State Highway 31 East. From Tyler take US 31 West.
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (website) offers service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport via American Eagle Airlines and to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport via Colgan Air Continental Connection.
East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society, 1601 Patterson Rd, ☎ +1 903 675-5630 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1 903 675-1618), . 8PM-5PM daily. 100+ acre botanical gardens built largely by volunteers on the site of an old abandoned truck farm.2$/vehicle or 25$ yearly membership. edit
Cherry Laurel Cake Shoppe, 305 S Prairieville St, ☎ (903) 677-5599, . Anything prepared here is personally done with expertise, good taste, and great care. From catering to cakes to salads or sandwiches, these ladies know what they are doing.edit
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Athens, 1119 E. Tyler ST., ☎ (877) 863-4780, . edit
America Best Value Inn, ☎ (903) 675-5173, . edit
Best Western Inn On the Hill, 2050 State Highway 31 East, ☎ (903) 675-9214, . edit
Oak Creek Bed and Breakfast, 9004 County Road 2800 (10 minutes from downtown.), ☎ 903-675-5509, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Oak Creek Bed & Breakfast near Athens, Texas, is a quiet romantic couple's retreat nestled deep in the East Texas woods. It's the perfect for a romantic weekend getaway, a wedding night or place to elope! Use it as your home base for the area's numerous attractions. $125. (N32°12.901',W95°55.762')edit
Super 8, 205 US Hwy 175 West, ☎ 903-675-7511. edit