Tyler State Park

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Tyler State Park

Texas

(903) 597-5338

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Overview

Tyler State Park is 985.5 acres in Smith County, north of Tyler. The park includes a 64-acre lake. The land was deeded by private owners in 1934 and 1935; original improvements were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The park opened in 1939.

Open: 7 days a week year-round; 2 p.m. checkout for overnight guests. Busy Season: March through Thanksgiving.

Activities include picnicking; camping; boating (motors allowed - 5 mph speed limit); boat rentals; fishing; birding; hiking; mountain biking; lake swimming (in unsupervised swimming area); and nature study.

Nearby attractions include Martin Creek State Park; Purtis Creek State Park; Texas State Railroad;Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, famous as rose capital of world; Tyler Junior College and planetarium; Brookshire World of Wildlife; Carnegie History Center; Kilgore Oil Museum; Morton Salt Mines in Grand Saline, 40 miles from park; Canton Trade Days (1st Monday monthly); Spring Flower Trail (March); Rose Festival (October); Tyler Zoo; and the Goodman Museum. Only 20 to 30 minutes away is Gladewater, "The Antique Capital of East Texas." While you are in the area, visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens a unique TPWD facility showcasing aquatic life and sport fishing in Texas.

Map of Tyler (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 32.472524, -95.299627

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, bike boats, and jon boats can be rented from the park store.

  • Bicycling

    Visitors can enjoy a 13-mile mountain bike trail.

  • Camping

    Facilities include restrooms with and without showers. There are campsites with water and electricity (pull-through and back-in); screened shelters; and a group camp with 6 screened shelters for overnight use and a dining hall with a full kitchen for day-use only; shelters and dining hall can be rented together or separately. Other facilities include a trailer rally area (30 water and electric sites with a group picnic pavilion); trailer dump stations; a group dining hall.

  • Fishing

    Popular fish include crappie, perch, catfish, and bass.

  • Hiking

    There is a 2.5-mile hiking trail and a .75-mile nature trail.

  • Picnicking

    Facilities include restrooms with and without showers. There are two group picnic areas without shelters and one group picnic pavilion.

  • RVing

    Contact park regarding RVing oppurtunities.

  • Water Sports

    Canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, bike boats, and jon boats can be rented from the park store.

Seasonality/Weather

July average high is 97 degrees, SW breeze; January average low is 32 degrees; first/last freeze: Nov. 25/April 3.

Directions

Driving

Tyler State Park is located 2 miles north of Interstate 20 on FM 14 north of Tyler on Park Road 16.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(903) 597-5338

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