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Tyler State Park

Average Rating:    (4.36 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 22

The trail is made up of four sections labeled A, B, C and D. The trail is mostly single track some a little amount of double track/pave road. The terrain is very rolling hills in a pine tree forest. There is 800 plus feet of climbing in all of the sections. Sections C & D has more of the technical sections then A & B. The soil is mostly sandy loam, so it dry out extremely quickly after a heavey rain.
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Latitude
32.47993581462726
Longitude
-95.29335021972656
Trail Directions
Tyler State Park is located 2 miles north of Interstate 20 on FM 14 north of Tyler on Park Road 16. Take Park Road 16 to Blackjack Camping Area, where the trail head is. You can get trail map at Park HQ for $.50.
Trail Length
11 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tyler
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Review Date
August 14, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: BIGABIGD ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is my favorite trail in the universe. It boggles my mind at the several a##hats on here that could possibly rate TSP 1 or 2 stars.

Why is this trail my fave and the best in Texas? Here's why:

- TSP is in the nicest state park I've seen in N. TX. The park is pristine, with great pine trees, terrific campgrounds, and a lake you can actually swim in.

- The trail is not technical, but will give you a stiff workout. The hundreds of switchbacks will make you gasp for air, especially in the summer. It is fast, many downhills and uphills and just a lot of fun to ride. The level of difficulty and terrain is similar to Cedar Hill in Dallas, but TSP is a much better trail.

- TSP can be ridden right after a rain, or even IN the rain as the water drains quickly through the sandy soil. I once rode it during a thunderstorm.. it was pretty cool.

- Almost the whole trail is in the shade, so even if you go during August, you will not feel the brunt of the brutal TX sun.

Tyler is never crowded. I have always wondered why more riders from Dallas don't go here as it is only 2 hours away, and most def worth the drive.

TSP is badass.... come here soon and ride your ass off. you will be rewarded with one of the finest mtn biking experiences ever.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Grapevine Northshore
Cedar Hill



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Review Date
November 19, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bsdc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fast, flowy, and hilly with minimal rocks, moderate roots and a bit of sand. It's a nice intermediate ride but lacks technical chunk to really make it a lot of fun. The park is nice. It's a good place to camp, ride, fish, canoe, etc.



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Review Date
June 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dekoffer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail consists of some fine single track. If you are proficient in navigating switch-backs--and there are plenty here to navigate--then you will find this trail very enjoyable. Doing the complete loop (A,B,C,&D: about 10 miles) will smoke most riders, particularly those of use who generally ride flatter terrain (my local trail at San Angelo State Park is a 26 mile loop, and I was smoked after 9 miles at Tyler State Park). I didn't find it so rooty or sandy as to be problem. I think I had to dismount once due to a problem navigating terrain. This trail is exclusively for bikes, so no worries re horses or hikers.  This is a very nice park with a nice lake and beach for swimming & fishing. Good fun for the entire family. Decent BBQ nearby to boot.

Recommended Route:
Begin loop A, which turns into loop B, which turns into loop C, which turns into loop D. If you struggle with A or B, you may want to seriously consider looping back and avoid loop C & D.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Martin Creek Park in Longview is supposed to have about 10 miles of singletrack and is only about 30 minutes away. Never been, but perhaps worth checking out if you have the time.



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Review Date
January 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I concur with general tone of reviews below except that they seem to describe this trail system as harder than it really is.

loop A and B are easy-intermediate. good for kids and novices. Loop C & D are intermediate with lots of aerobic challenges.

there are no technical sections, except D where 2 short climbs are aerobically challenging..ie.,, so steep as to most likely cause dismount.

so in summary Loop A & B for begginers and lazy day riding ....include Loop C & D for an energetic ride.

Great signage at TH and junctions and mileage markers on trial. get bike map at park entrance.

90% shade.

Roots, in my estimation, are not a problem...small, and spaced far enough not to impede flow.

Its a great long flowing trail...9+ mi. loop with good elevation changes to give you a great workout.(800' +/-)

advanced/expert riders would probably want to do C&D twice.



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Review Date
April 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: EddieAAAA ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode trail for the first time on April 11, 2007. Perfect weather 70 degrees, nice breeze, sunny, no bugs and perfect trail conditions. It had rained 0.5 inches two days before and there was hardly any sand or loose conditions. Grip was great.

In my opinion, this is one of the best trail systems in Texas. Great fun. Difficult climbs without being impossible. The higher speed technical sections have been slightly sanitized to prevent too much bloodshed. Roots and rocks are there, but if you keep some speed, you are probably not going to hit anything (other than trees) that is going to send you over the bars.

Starting out on Loop A was a 1.5 mile not too difficult rolling and downhill section. After 1.5 miles of downhill, I knew that pay back was coming, but the route back up was not too bad.

Loop B was great, lots of short rocky and rooty downhills and back ups.

Loop C, lots of fun switchbacks with some technical sections. Up hill switchback climbs were a good test of general fitness and bike control skills. Found myseld in the granny gear a few times. Plenty of rollers as well.

Loop D similar to Loop D but without the switchbacks, but with longer climbs. Highlight is a deep, red dirt creek drop and climb where I hit 31 mph. Very deep suspension commpression at the bottom of the hill. There were also a few jumps if you know where to look.

Overall, I can see how this trail system could be a little tough in the middle of summer, but otherwise it is a great place to ride. I had a blast. Locals told me to hit it two days after a decent shower and you should rewarded with excellent conditions.

Thanks to the people who made this trail happen !!!!



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