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The trail around the lake was easy and provided good views of the water.
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Tyler State Park

789 Park Road 16 Tyler, TX 75706
Open year round. There is no entrance gate.
903-597-5338 3 hours
February 2012 Summer, Fall, Spring
$0-9 Tyler Texas
Website Nature State Parks
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Tyler State Park is a 985 acre park in east Texas and opened in 1939. The park includes a 64 acre artificial lake, cabin rentals and camping areas. There are also a number of recreational activities such as hiking, biking, boating and fishing.

The Civilian Conservation Corps worked in the park area to develop facilities and make improvements from 1935-1941. The Corps established park roads, built a dam to create the lake, and also developed bathing facilities and buildings. Some of these CCC buildings still exist and are still in use. The park itself is mainly a pine forest environment and some trees here exceed 100 years in age. Outside of the park most of the land is used for farming.

The lake and camping are the primary draws at the park, so late spring through early fall is the most popular time to visit. The lake beach was large and clean. Also, there are multiple types of boat rentals, but they are only available Wednesday through Sunday, from Labor Day to Memorial Day. The visit here took place in winter, and hiking was on the agenda. The trails were generally quiet and pleasant. They were in good shape and free of obstructions or brush. The Lake Trail is an easy and relaxing walk and traces most of the lake shore. Both Trails C and D are hillier and cross ravines and creeks. They were more forested than the Lake Trail, had more challenging conditions and also included a more diverse natural setting. The C or D Trails are each about 2 miles in length, so if you are looking for a longer walk, Trail C can be combined with Trail B for approximately a 5 mile hike. Tyler State Park is only a couple of miles from Interstate 20 so it’s conveniently located. While there is not much here to merit a special trip, if you are in the area and want to go boating or hiking for a few hours, it’s a reasonable choice for an outing.
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