Tyler State Park

Tyler, Texas

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3 Reviews
4 out of 5
Climbing? In East Texas? That’s right, folks, Tyler State Park has hills you’d never expect to find in this part of the state, and the fantastic trails that traverse them are among the finest miles of singletrack in Texas. It isn’t easy out there, but it sure is fun. Climbs that start fires in your legs, descents that get the tears streaming from your eyes, perfectly engineered switchbacks, and a logical routing and sign system—aside from a free keg of cold Shiner at trail’s end, Tyler State Park has just about everything a Texas mountain biker could want. Plan to spend more than just a day, because once around won’t be enough. Tread: Singletrack.

Tyler State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Climbing? In East Texas? That’s right, folks, Tyler State Park has hills you’d never expect to find in this part of the state, and the fantastic trails that traverse them are among the finest miles of singletrack in Texas. It isn’t easy out there, but it sure is fun.

Climbs that start fires in your legs, descents that get the tears streaming from your eyes, perfectly engineered switchbacks, and a logical routing and sign system—aside from a free keg of cold Shiner at trail’s end, Tyler State Park has just about everything a Texas mountain biker could want. Plan to spend more than just a day, because once around won’t be enough. Tread: Singletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Tyler
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Contacts: Tyler State Park
Local Maps: USGS Tyler North
Driving Directions: Directions to Tyler State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

7/6/2005
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In response to the previous reviewer, this trail will only seem challenging to a total woose. It is lovely east Texas wooded terrain, but honestly the greatest challeng would be to step over an occassional limb on the ground. Also the lake is a swimming hole for the neighboring wetbacks so you can practice your espanol as you strole.


9/1/2004
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9/26/2003
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Some of the most challenging trails you will come across anywhere in Texas. Rocks,roots,stumps,holes,sand,trees, snakes,lizards,herfalopes and fertilances...:o). Need a little maintainance though in some places but dont they all. Certain rocks need to be removed for they only serve to trash your pedals,shoes,feet,etc...Overall an extreme workout anyway you ride it. Five trails in all with a short .8/mile warm up called "EZ". All the trails are connected respectively, i.e. EZ to A to B to C to D. Camelbaks a must in warmer months. Do "EZ" first then hit the A trail and if you can ride 2.25 miles without dabbin a foot or stopping, you be SOLID!!! The other three trails are equally as tough, in my opinion, and also quite scenic with bridges, creeks, and even a cool waterfall to stop and ponder the thought of that outrageously expensive new MTB you're Jonesing for...yeah, that one. In the fall months I could spend the whole day out there. The lake is clear and a great place to chill after a ride. There are RV hookups at the trailhead so bring it and make a weekend out of it. The cost at the gate is 2 bones/person unless you have a conservation passport costing 50 bones or so, but you can get in free at any state park in Texas. For you extremists who live to risk life and limb, there are some cool places to catch nourishing air. I came upon some youngsters one day as I dragged my 40 yr old azz up the hill at the end of B trail and snagged some killer pics with my digital. They gave me their email addys and I sent them copies...sweet. Peace. smOknJo



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May 2018