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Tyler State Park

Average Rating:    (4.39 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

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
October 26, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Rockass ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Tyler is the Mother of all trails in my book.
Great long sweeping downhills and ass kicking climbs.
Creeks are all bridged so not too much mud to worry 'bout.

Recommended Route:
Try them All ! I travel through the area and always try to stop off for a ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Area has lotta Pine trees so thick woodlands can be a challenge to traverse without a dedicated trail system.



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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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