Why Carthage?

Carthage is strategically located on US Highways 59 and 79, three hours north of Houston and just over two hours east of Dallas. Interstate 20, a major east-west artery in the nation’s Interstate Highway System, is only a short drive north.

Carthage is fortunate to be located near the proposed NAFTA trade route, Interstate 69. It is a small, friendly town booming with oil & gas production.  It has an outstanding public school system, a community college, abundant recreational activities and is home to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Local Sports

Festivals and Events

Carthage is a proud host to host the annual potlatch festival which showcases the local art, musicians, and food.

Outdoor Recreation

The city walking trail was built in 2019 thanks to a generous donation from the Charles C. Matthews Foundation and a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Families can enjoy a relaxing time experiencing the mature oaks, pine trees and local wildlife.

The Splash Pad at Davis Park opened in 2019 and serves as a great place for children of all ages to cool down from the Summer heat.

Main Street

The Mission of the Carthage Main Street Program is to implement downtown revitalization under the Main Street Four-Point Approach--Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring, all with the context of historic preservation. The Carthage Main Street Program will strive, along with an organized community effort, to:

The best kept secret in East Texas!

Lake Murvaul is located ten miles southwest of Carthage on Murvaul Creek in the Sabine River basin in Panola County three miles south of Clayton and 14 miles north of Timpson.

Bring your family to camp or picnic at the Murvaul campground and swim, boat, fish and paddle on the lake.

Martin Creek Lake

Just 20 miles southeast of Longview you’ll find a peaceful place in the East Texas woods.

Martin Creek Lake State Park. Fish for bass or catfish, walk the trails, or sit quietly and watch a sunset over the lake.