I took a book to Tyler State Park that I had been looking forward to reading, thinking I would have plenty of time to curl up in a chair near the campfire and read, but during our 4 days in Tyler, I never even took the book out of the car! There was so much to do at the park, and in Tyler, itself!
Know Before You Go
Make reservations early, this is a very popular park and fills up quickly!
The store across the street from the park entrance stays open late, and sells firewood and fire starters, a necessity after a spring rain!
Bring your swimsuit, because Tyler has a terrific swim beach! The water was still a little too chilly for us in early April, but it sure did look tempting! The swim platform is about 40′ from shore, so make sure young and weak swimmers wear a lifejacket.
No life guards.
Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard and Pedalboat Rentals
Explore the lake by paddle. Life jackets provided.
The park has a fishing tackle loaner program, too.
Purchase last minute necessities at the park store, and some fun souvenirs, too!
The park offers some limited-use cabins, as well as RV and Tent camping under the East Texas pines! Our camping spot was on a very quiet circle, where the kids could play ball and not worry about traffic, but I loved campsite #32 (above) for it’s terrific view!
Whispering Pines Nature Trail
The highlight of the Whispering Pines Nature Trail is the Children’s Wading Pool. Built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corp, the spring-fed pool, bubbling waterfall and shaded grounds was a popular picnic spot! The spring no longer flows due to an accumulation of silt and debris! I would love to see Texas Parks and Wildlife renovate this landmark!
This lakeside trail circles the entire lake, and is one of my favorite morning hikes! We spotted alligator gar, many frogs and a red-headed woodpecker as we made our way around the lake!
Take your bikes! In addition to a long loop of Mountain Bike Trails in the park, Tyler has many great trails around the city.
Things To Do in Tyler
Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to over 40 big cats that have been rescued. Click HERE to read more.
Tyler State Park
789 Park Road 16, Tyler
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