About Wise County
In close proximity to the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex, Wise County combines all the conveniences of a large city with the advantages of a small town atmosphere. With lower housing costs, excellent schools and recreational opportunities, Wise County is an exceptional place to to call home.
A High Quality of Life
Wise County is the perfect location for those who enjoy the conveniences of the big city, but prefer to make their home in a smaller community. World-class museums and shopping, major sporting events, historical landmarks and family entertainment destinations are all within an hour drive of Decatur. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the world’s ten largest airports in terms of passenger traffic, is also a short drive from Decatur.
The Decatur Independent School District currently has five campuses with a total enrollment of more than 3,000 students. Decatur ISD was named a recognized district by the Texas Education Agency in both 2010 and 2011.
Wise County students also attend Alvord ISD, Boyd ISD, Bridgeport ISD, Chico ISD, Paradise ISD, Slidell ISD and Northwest ISD. Wise County is home to the Wise County branch of Weatherford College, a two-year college with course offerings in more than 30 fields of study.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is home to dozens of institutions of higher education including Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas.
The western portion of the county is home to beautiful Lake Bridgeport. The man-made lade, which was completed in 1931, is 5.9 miles wide and 19 miles long. With an average depth of 29 feet the lake can accommodate most small fishing boats and recreational crafts. The North Side Marina and Resort and Wise County Park are two popular destinations along the shores of Lake Bridgeport.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands
With thousands of acres of public grasslands and miles of lakeshore, Wise County is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Travel a few minutes north of Decatur and you’ll find yourself in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, approximately 20,000 acres of undeveloped land open to the public for hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking and camping.
The LBJ Grasslands are one of the only 20 national grasslands in the nation. The area, which includes 450 ponds and lakes, has been maintained by the USDA Forest Service since the 1950s. Cottonwood Lake and Black Creek Lake are popular locations for camping and fishing. The Grasslands also include a 75-mile multi-use trail that is popular among equine enthusiasts. Access to the grasslands is free of charge.
Dallas-Fort Worth Attractions
The numerous attractions of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is only a short drive from Wise County and the city of Decatur.