767.17 sq. miles
Cities and Towns
Hopkins County was created in March 1846 and formed from Lamar and Nacogdoches Counties. Hopkins County was named for the family of David Hopkins, an early settler in the future county.
Sulphur Springs Ice Cream Freezeoff
Sulphur Springs is the home of the Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freezeoff, held each year on the second Saturday in June. The event has been featured on the Food Network’s All-American Festivals segment. The freezeoff is held in connection with the annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival and Hot Air Balloon Rally, on their 53rd year! The World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest, in its 43rd year, has also been featured on All-American Festivals. On the third Saturday in September is the annual Hopkins County Fall Festival. Another event held in the Fall is the annual Fly-In at Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport. Over 250 private planes, experimental aircraft, and military aircraft regularly attend this event.
This three day festival celebrates the dairy industry and its role in Hopkins County’s past. It features the Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Contest, a parade, a beauty pageant, homemade ice cream, carnivals, a street dance, arts and crafts, and a variety of dairy related events.
Hopkins County Fall Festival
One of the highlights of this festival is the World Championship Hopkins County Stew Contest held on the final Saturday.
MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS
Hopkins County Museum & Heritage Park
Located in a historic building, this museum is located on in an 11 acre park and contains a large collection of Civil War memorabilia, as well as hundreds of distinctive dolls, folk art automatons, Caddo Indian relics, and miniatures of local important buildings. Spread throughout the park are a working blacksmith shop, syrup and grist mills, a variety of log buildings, a post office, and a country store.
The Sulphur Springs Public Library
The Sulphur Springs Public Library provides free services to all residents living within Hopkins County and the city/county boundaries. At the end of 2012, there were 14,242 registered patrons in the Sulphur Springs Public Library roles. The total population of Hopkins County as of the 2011 US Census is 35,371. In addition, Sulphur Springs Public Library maintains the world renowned St. Clair Music Box Collection on display and in digital format (part of the Texas A&M Heirloom Grant); the Sinclair WWII Collection, also in digital format (University of North Texas Historical Archives Collection Grant), and an exquisite display of artworks by artists such as Thomas Kincade, Jo Ann Duham, and Edgar Sotello.
Southwest Dairy Museum
The Southwest Dairy Museum & Learning Center depicts all facets of milk production and the history of the dairy industry. It houses an old fashioned soda bar where visitors enjoy ice cream and light lunches.
Coleman Lake and Park is a 186 acre park with waterfalls, trails, tournament rated ball parks. Imagination Mountain sits atop the waterfall and completes this family play area with tunnels, slides and sandpits.
Buford Park is a one acre park with castle playground known as Kid’s Kingdom. The local walking trail crosses Pea Vine Pinion pond.
Lake Fork & Cooper Lake State Park are both only minutes from Sulphur Springs. Not only can you fish for the big ones, but there are also areas for jet skis and other water activities, including a swimming beach protected by a breakwater and with a beach of imported sand. The Park is great for bird watching, has both hiking and equestrian trails, and has a range of facilities from primitive campsites to fully furnished cabins, fishing piers, boat ramps, and complete RV facilities.