Tyler State Park

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9.7 Miles 15.6 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

941' 287 m

Ascent

-940' -286 m

Descent

625' 190 m

High

446' 136 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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East Texas' hidden gem of trails amongst the pinneywoods.

Vanessa McKnight

Overview

Tucked beneath a dense curtain of pine trees these trails offer peaceful solitude away from the nearby city life. The majority of the trail is singletrack red dirt that passes through a variety of forest types, along the trail you'll encounter many tree roots, occasional rock beds, and if you are looking possibly many types of birds. Hike the trail counter-clockwise for more down hills, but keep in mind that bicyclists are prone to using the trail.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need To Know

Watch for fallen trees in the early spring that haven't been cleared from the trails.

Description

At the Trailhead, you have the option to begin with the EZ Loop, A Loop, or cross the road and begin with the B Loop.

The EZ Loop is approximately .75 miles and parallels the park road for a portion of the trail. The trail is slightly wider than a singletrack and allows more sun to penetrate the tree cover. As a result, you're likely to encounter more reptiles on this section. This portion of the trail is the sandiest area and has the least amount of rocks and roots, once you exit this loop you'll make a sharp left to enter the A Loop.

A Loop includes approximately 2.5 miles of mostly singletrack red dirt trail. The trail has a lot of tree roots and moderate elevation changes. This section of the trail includes some twists and turns that take you on a tour of the forest that only the animals venture. During the spring, you'll see and smell many wildflowers on this section of trail. The loop feeds into the B Loop, which veers slightly to your left.

B Loop is where you'll begin to enjoy some challenging elevation changes. As you trek this portion of trail you'll notice the trees begin to look larger and there seem to be more of them. The B Loop is approximately 3 miles in length and feeds into the C Loop, near this area some "outlaw trails" have formed from previous years so watch the signs to ensure you head the right way.

The C Loop is the most technical loop, as the trail has the steepest drops and is the windiest in this area, once you reach the switchback there should be a CCC dam if you're interested in taking a look, the switchback is uphill in this direction.

After approximately .75 miles you'll enter the D Loop, this loop is approximately 2.14 miles. You'll encounter some of the largest trees and the majority of the creek crossings on the section of the trail. Generally this section remains the muddiest after wet weather, as the dirt is less red and more black. The steepest hills in the park are on this section, once you've rounded the curve and headed back towards the trailhead. You'll pass benches that offer a place to rest.

D Loop will feed back into C Loop, but only briefly (less than a mile), before you enter back into B Loop. The B Loop will cross an old service road and you'll head uphill for the majority of the remaining trail. This section will have a significant amount of rocks, as well as roots. You'll know you've reached the trailhead once you notice the dirt change to sand.

If you opt to begin with the B Loop it's a much faster and more technical route, as your downhill sections are increased.

Flora & Fauna

Trails are surrounded by many mature pines, mainly the shortleaf and loblolly, there are also a variety of oaks, sweetgum, and maple trees that offer an array of color during the fall. In the spring, there is the flowering dogwood as well as many wildflowers that bloom and purple berries for some festivity in the winter.

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All Clear 57 days ago
Dry - There is a detour on the B loop, but it is well marked.
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