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Old 12-15-2009, 07:29 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Tyler State Park, Tyler, Texas

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely time at Tyler State Park the week before Thanksgiving. The park is located two miles north of Interstate 20 about 100 miles east of Dallas, Texas and 100 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana, so it would make a great stop for anyone traveling along Interstate 20 in the East Texas area.

History: 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.

Activities: 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.

This is one of the few Texas state parks that has full hook-ups for some campsites:

20 - Campsites with electric and water hook-ups:
$17 per night (Cedar Point Area)

57 - Campsites with electric, water and sewer hook-ups:
$20 per night (Big Pine - RV only - no tents)
$22 per night for Premium Multi-use (tents allowed) in the Lake View Area

My wife and I stayed in the Premium Multi-use area in a pull-through space that was level and that easily accommodated our 29 ft. trailer. There is an additional $3 per person per day park entrance fee.

We have camped in many state and national parks and forests and this was one of our favorites. The park is heavily wooded with both hardwoods and pines and the hiking trails are well marked. The terrain is rolling woodlands with the 64 acre lake in the center. We rented a canoe and traversed the perimeter in just under an hour. Oh, fishing is currently free in Texas state parks and there is even loaner fishing equipment for those who do not have their own.

Here is the park's website:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/f...yler/fee.phtml

We drove a few miles (10-15) to the city of Tyler and visited the Caldwell Zoo, a thoroughly delightful facility. Among the animals are longhorn cattle, bison, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, penguins, and the list goes on.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
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Wow! $20 a night for full hookups. Sounds like a nice park to consider if traveling through Tyler Texas. Thanks for sharing!
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Now that I have taken the time to figure out how to post photos, here are some from Tyler State Park near Tyler, Texas:
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Great pics and great park review. Thanks to this review my wife and I will add this to our short list of parks to visit. We are just southwest of you in Hondo, Tx and as both of us are still full time employees most of our trips will be right here in Texas.
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Then you'll definitely want to visit Guadalupe SP, Pedernales SP, Inks Lake SP, McKinney Falls SP, Bastrop and Beucher SPs, and Llando SP. If I recall your earlier posts, you like to kayak. Inks Lake SP near Marble Falls is a constant level lake and has kayaks to rent.

Maybe we will cross paths one of these days at a state park near Hondo and/or Austin.
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As I was viewing the pics, I was thinking what a great kayaking spot that would be
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That is a great list! We have been to a few of the parks listed but not in our new camper. Looks like a good goal for this camping season to visit all these parks. Next month we will visit Inks Lake SP with friends and Johnson Creek RV Park in Ingram and we will definitely be doing some kayaking.
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