Tyler State Park is composed of 985.5 acres in Smith County, just north of Tyler, and encompasses a 64 acre lake. The park property was acquired in 1934. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made the original improvements to the park, and opened to the public in 1939.
The park lies within the hillsides of the Pineywoods and provides an exceptional habitat to a variety of wildlife. Wildlife viewing opportunities include white-tail deer, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, as well as numerous species of birds. The lake is full of crappie, perch, catfish, and bass.
Tyler State Park offers a variety of family fun including picnicking; camping; boating (motors allowed – 5 mph speed limit); boat rentals (canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, bike boats, jon boats); fishing; birding; hiking; biking (bike rentals also available within the park); lake swimming; and nature study. For more information about rentals contact the park store directly at 903-592-6790. Other park facilities include restrooms with and without showers; picnic sites; 2 group picnic areas without shelters; 1 group picnic pavilion; campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity (pull-through and back-in); screened shelters; and a group camp with 6 Limited Use Cabins (available for rent separately) for overnight use and a dining hall with a full kitchen for day-use only; shelters and dining hall can be rented together or separately. Other facilities include a trailer rally area (30 water and electric sites with a group picnic pavilion); trailer dump stations; a group dining hall; a 2.5-mile hiking trail; an 13-mile mountain bike trail; a .75-mile nature trail; an amphitheater on the lake shore; and a concrete launching ramp with a courtesy dock. Premium campsites are available.
Elevation: 558 ft.
Weather: July average high is 97 degrees, SW breeze; January average low is 32 degrees; first/last freeze: Nov. 25/April 3.
Schedule: Open: 7 days a week year-round; 2 p.m. checkout for overnight guests. Busy Season: March through Thanksgiving.
Directions: Tyler State Park is located 2 miles north of Interstate 20 on FM 14 north of Tyler on Park Road 16.
$5 per day, per person 13 and older
Special entrance rates for holders of:
Applicable daily entrance fees are charged in addition to the campsite or facility fee. Pets are not allowed in any Texas State Park buildings. For other general pet restrictions check the Texas State Park Regulations. For park specific pet restrictions and more information contact the park at 1-800-792-1112.
Maximum 8 people per campsite unless otherwise noted. Applicable daily entrance fees are charged in addition to the campsite or facility fee.
37 – Tent campsites with water:
$13 per night
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
29 – Screened shelters:
$25 per night
6 – Limited Use Cabins – Maximum 6 people. Sleeps 5 with 2 sets of bunk-beds. This facility also has a table, chairs, AC/Heat, microwave & refrigerator:
$50 per night
Group Camp with Group Picnic Pavilion and Campground – This facility is in the Black Jack Group Trailer Area and consists of 30 campsites and a Pavilion:
30 – Campsites with electric and water hookups in the Blackjack Group Trailer Area – No tents are allowed. This is a solid paved area with water & electricity. Used as an overflow area or as a group area for recreational vehicles:
$15 per night
Group Picnic Pavilion in the Blackjack Group Trailer Area:
$25 per day
Day Use Only Facilities
Group Dining Hall (capacity 75) – Facility has 6 limited use cabins adjacent to it. The cabins must be reserved separately. Other campers are allowed in the area if one group does not rent all 6 cabins:
$150 per day
Group Picnic Area (capacity 40):
$25 per day
Group Picnic Pavilion (capacity 75):
$50 per day
Amphitheater (capacity 75) – Contact the park for details:
$25 per day