Outdoor Camping Near Tyler, Texas

Outdoor Camping Near Tyler, Texas
Tyler, Texas, is a popular destination for hikers, bikers, kayakers and many other outdoor enthusiasts. Wildlife refuges, pine forests and hilly terrain make the area an excellent place to set up camp and enjoy the natural surroundings between daytime excursions. Several campgrounds in the area provide an opportunity to pitch a tent and spend your weekend outside.

Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park is a 985-acre park north of Tyler. The park features a 64-acre lake and hiking trails in addition to eight camping areas. Big Pine is the largest campground in the park and is only open to RVs and camper trailers. The remaining campgrounds are smaller and open to tents. All campsites in the park are near hiking and mountain biking trails. You can also kayak, fish and swim in the lake.



Tyler State Park

789 Park Road 16

Tyler, TX 75706

903-597-5338

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Martin Creek Lake State Park

Martin Creek Lake State Park is on the 5,000-acre Martin Creek Lake, which offers swimming, kayaking and fishing opportunities. Off-lake activities include backpacking, day hiking, wildlife viewing and a variety of interpretive programs held on Saturdays.



The park has a range of camping options. In addition to cabins and RV sites, you can camp at tent sites throughout the park, some of which are walk-in sites. One site, located on an island in the park accessible from a wooden bridge, is particularly popular.



Martin Creek Lake State Park

9515 County Road 2181D

Tatum, TX 75691

903-836-4336

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Purtis Creek State Park

Purtis Creek State Park, east of Tyler, is a popular destination for hiking and fishing. You can also visit nearby Indian petroglyphs carved in rock walls. If you are interested in water activities but have no equipment, you can rent kayaks, paddleboats, and canoes from the park's rental shop. The campground area includes both RV and tent sites. It also features a fish-cleaning shelter, fishing pier and boat ramp.



Purtis Creek State Park

14225 FM 316

Eustace, TX 75124

903-425-2332

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Whispering Pines RV & Cabin Resort

Whispering Pines Resort is near Tyler State Park but offers more amenities. The resort is set up for RVs as well as visitors wanting to rent cabins, though tent sites are also available. Campers can take advantage of wireless Internet, a pool, a cafe and an on-site convenience store.



Despite the modern amenities, traditional camping experiences such as hiking and wildlife viewing are available in abundance throughout the surrounding area. Places of particular interest include Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge and Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area.



Whispering Pines RV & Cabin Resort

5583 FM 16 E

Tyler, TX 75706

903-858-2405

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Article Written By Jim Jansen

Jim Jansen has been writing articles since 2005 and has been featured in publications such as "The River Watch," and also contributes to Trails.com and LIVESTRONG.COM. He has a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Michigan State University. Jansen specializes in outdoor recreation and environmental topics.

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