Gun Barrel City, Texas

Welcome to Gun Barrel City, Texas
Welcome to Gun Barrel City, Texas

Gun Barrel City is located in Henderson County Texas on the eastern shore of Cedar Creek Reservoir, at the crossroads of Texas Highways 334 and 198, and near U.S. 175.

Gun Barrel City is situated about 60 miles southeast of Dallas, and 21 miles northwest of Athens.

The town name is derived from its motto, "We Shoot Straight With You," and its symbol, a rifle.

The City of Gun Barrel City has been designated a Texas Certified Retirement Community.

The Gun Barrel City Zip Code is 75156, and its Area Codes are 903 and 430. It is home to about 6,200 residents. For more information, visit the official website of Gun Barrel City.

City Hall at Gun Barrel City, Texas
City Hall at Gun Barrel City, Texas

The Gun Barrel City Hall is located at 1716 West Main Street. Phone the city offices at 903.887.1087.

Gun Barrel City Information & Resources

Area Tourism and Attractions

Marina on Cedar Creek Reservoir at Gun Barrel City, Texas
Marina on Cedar Creek Reservoir at Gun Barrel City, Texas

Gun Barrel City offers an exciting lifestyle, for residents and visitors alike. Cedar Creek Reservoir is at the forefront of many attractions and things to do.

The lake was completed in 1965 as a water source to Fort Worth and many other local communities in North Texas.

The lake is approximately 18 miles long and just over 2 miles wide. The shoreline stretches 220 miles from point to point, and its maximum depth is 62 feet. The lake also boasts three islands that are managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as Wildlife Management Areas for aquatic birds. It has a surface area of 32,873 acres.

The lake offers a diverse range of fishing, water sports, boating, birdwatching, and other recreational activities.

 

Quiet bay at Cedar Creek Lake near Gun Barrel City, Texas
Quiet bay at Cedar Creek Lake near Gun Barrel City, Texas

With local parks, a public Skateboard Park, two public boat ramps on the north end of the lake, plus another on the south end, Cedar Creek is a perfect family week-end or day trip destination. Cedar Creek Lake offers diverse lodging, dining, retail, RV sites and water sports.

Purtis Creek State Park in Eustace is a short drive away.

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow

One of the major annual events in the area is the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow, which typically happens over the Fourth of July weekend.

The Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation (CCVF) was established to raise monies to assist with the physical and emotional recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured, and disabled military personnel and veterans with a focus on those individuals residing in and organizations serving the Northeast Texas region. The three charities supported by CCVF also assist with the needs of spouses and other family members. The principal fundraising activities for CCVF are the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow and the annual golf classic.

This is a spectacular air show that entertains and amazes thousands of spectators with aerial acrobatics and an up close and personal experience with the power of fighter jets, both civilian and military. The entire air show performance takes place over Cedar Creek Reservoir. Spectators enjoy the air show from shore and on boats.

For more information, visit the website of the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation

While visiting the Gun Barrel City area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:

    • Canton - First Monday Trade Days, Texas Horse Park, Splash Kingdom Water Park
    • Athens - East Texas Arboretum, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Cain Center and the Athens Scuba Park
    • Palestine - Texas State Railroad, Davey Dogwood Park, Dogwood Trails Festival, Anderson County Courthouse
    • Nacogdoches - Spring azalea trails, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Mast Arboretum
    • Rusk - Texas State Railroad, Cherokee Civic Theatre, Grapeland Drive Thru Safari
    • Lufkin - Ellen Trout Zoo, Cotton Square Heritage Park, First Street Arts Center, Texas Forestry Museum
    • Jacksonville - Tomato Fest, ATV Mud Nationals, Tops in Texas Rodeo
    • Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Lake Tyler, Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Cotton Belt Depot, Goodman-LeGrand House
    • Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler
    • Lake Palestine - Boating, fishing, skiing and camping, just south of Tyler
    • Bullard - just south of Tyler, home of wineries and the Freedom Museum
    • Edom Texas - Art galleries, Festival of the Arts, Artisans Trail, Blue Moon Gardens
    • Lindale - Old Mill Pond Museum, Hideaway Lake, Miranda Lambert Store & Red 55 Winery
    • Mineola - Mineola Nature Preserve, Bigfoot Paddling Trail
    • Lake Fork - At 27,264 acres and 315 miles of shoreline, Lake Fork was designed to be a premier bass fishing lake and currently holds records for 34 out of the Top 50 largemouth bass caught in Texas.

Map Showing Location of Gun Barrel City in East Texas

Map Showing Location of Gun Barrel City in East Texas


Firepit and boat dock at Cedar Creek Lake
Firepit and boat dock at Cedar Creek Lake
Stunning sunset at Cedar Creek Lake in Texas
Stunning sunset at Cedar Creek Lake in Texas