Tyler State Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

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Tyler State Park Overview:

Tyler State Park is surrounded by stately pine and hardwood trees and this 985 acre park is centered around a small spring fed 64 acre lake. This is one of our favorite parks with rolling hills, great campsites, and outstanding biking and hiking trails. Tyler State Park is located a couple miles off Highway 20 and 7 miles from downtown Tyler.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Tyler State Park has 57 sites with water, electricity, and sewer - 18 of which are are premium sites with 30/50 amp service and a majority of these are right on the water. Another 20 sites have water and electricity. The majority of the sites are spacious and treed, however some sites are short and some are not level.  

There are 37 campsites for tents only in 3 areas with water, picnic tables, lantern holders, a grill, and fire pit. There also 30 sites with water/electricity in a group area with a group pavilion.

Some of the other amenities at Tyler State Park include: dining hall with kitchen, 2 group picnic areas, amphitheater, playground, swimming lake with bathhouse, and boat ramp and dock - no wake when boating. Tyler State Park also has pedal boat, canoes, kayak, hydrobike, and jon boat rentals.

Tyler State Park has 15.5 miles of excellent and challenging mountain bike or hiking trails. Some portions of the trail are very demanding and technically difficult. There is a short quarter mile nature trail and a very good hiking trail that goes around the lake.


A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

After a hearty breakfast, we start the day by biking some of the best trails in Texas, which are easily accessible from multiple locations within the park. After getting some good exercise, we love to cool off in the lake. The afternoon is spent relaxing and playing ladder golf, washers, dominoes, or other games in the campground.

Some of the options for Sunday include golf in Tyler, renting a kayak and exploring the lake, enjoying some of the Tyler attractions, hiking the trail along the lake, hanging out on the sandy beach or swimming, fishing, or just relaxing and playing games.

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Cool Nearby Activities:

Visit Tyler and check out the zoo, Children's Discovery Museum, or some of the other Tyler attractions. There are plenty of great nearby golf courses within 20 minutes of Tyler State Park. One of our favorites is Garden Valley. Check out the Golfing Section of Texas Outside to find a course, read a review, and book a tee time.

Campground Information

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: Tent sites 124 & 126 in Red Oak; Lakeview sites 32 & 37; pull thrus 55 & 57; and screened shelters #11 & F.

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more