The City of Hawkins is located in the southeastern corner of Wood County Texas at the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and FM 14. It is approximately twenty miles north of Tyler and twenty miles southeast of Quitman.
In 1995, Texas Legislature designated Hawkins as the "Pancake Capital of Texas". It is the home of Jarvis Christian College, and nearby Lake Hawkins is a popular recreational venue.
Hawkins is also the site of the annual Oil Festival held in October. It features a parade with floats, a car show, food booths, kin zone, arts & crafts booth, a pancake breakfast and more!
The Hawkins City Hall and Mayor’s Office is located 200 N Beaulah Street. Phone 903.769.2224
The Hawkins Area Chamber of Commerce offices are located at 300 S. Beaulah Street in Hawkins. Phone 903.769.4482
Hawkins Website Resources
|In 2020, Hawkins had a population of 1,274.|
Interactive Map of Hawkins Texas (courtesy of Google)
Map Showing Location of Hawkins in Upper East Texas
Lake Hawkins is located on Little Sandy Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River, in Wood County 4 miles northwest of Hawkins. The project is owned and operated by Wood County for flood regulation and recreation. It has a surface area of 633 acres and a maximum depth of 30 feet, and was impounded in 1962.
The Lake Hawkins RV Park is located at 156 County Road 3455. Phone 903.769.4545 or visit the website of Lake Hawkins RV Park
The park covers roughly 55 acres, is half-wooded, and includes about 1800 feet (almost a third of a mile) of shoreline on Lake Hawkins. About 700 feet of that is a beautiful white-sand beach. There is a private beach designated specifically for RV guests.
Scene at the Lake Hawkins RV Park
Map of Lake Hawkins (Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Jarvis Christian University
Jarvis Christian University is an independent four year, historically black college affiliated with the Christian Church. Jarvis Christian University is an HBCU providing a church-related, liberal arts curriculum. The 1,000 acre campus is located just east of Hawkins.
The university was founded by the Disciples of Christ Church and offers student-centered support programs in both academics and spiritual worship.
The mission of the university is to prepare a diverse population of lifelong learners intellectually, socially, spiritually, and personally through providing interactive services and using varied modalities of instructional delivery.
Jarvis requires that all students take 3 semester hours of a religious course in order to graduate.
Established in 1912, the university today supports a student enrollent of over 800. Learn more by visiting the Jarvis Christian University - Official Website
Other Scenes Around Hawkins
Allen Memorial Public Library at 121 E. Blackbourn in Hawkins
The Hawkins Independent School Distirict (ISD) operates a grade school, middle and high schools
Veterans Memorial in Hawkins
Holly Lake Ranch
Holly Lake Ranch is a private gated community located on over 3,000 heavily wooded acres. It features golf, lakes for fishing, skiing and swimming, tennis courts, nature trails, fitness center, swimming pools, a restaurant, private airport and much more.
It is located about 10 miles north of Hawkins, 40 miles north of Tyler and 100 miles east of Dallas. For more information visit the website of the Holly Lake Ranch Administration.
Other East Texas Attractions
While visiting the Hawkins area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:
- Jefferson - antiques, Jay Gould's railroad car, Jefferson Carnegie Library, steam train rides, steamboats on Caddo Lake, B&Bs
- Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas, Gusher Days, Roundup Rodeo, Helen Lee Daffodil Gardens
- Gilmer - East Texas Yamboree, Historic Upshur Museum, Lake Gilmer
- Kilgore - home of the East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College
- Joinerville Texas - Daisy Bradford oil discovery monuments and Great East Texas Oilfield markers, Gaston Museum
- Longview - Gregg County Fair & Exposition, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, R.G. LeTourneau Museum, Great Texas Balloon Race, historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
- Marshall - Michelson Museum of Art, Starr Family home State Historic Park, Harrison County Historical Museum, The Weisman, Ginocchio Hotel, T&P Railroad Museum, Christmas Wonderland of Lights
- Carthage - Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, East Texas Oil & Gas Blast, Piney Woods Quilt Festival Rode Jamboree
- Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Brookshire's Museum & Country Store, 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
- 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.
Travel Information for the Hawkins Area