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Tyler State Park: Lakeshore Trail

An idyllic hike along the shores of a lake.

Hiking Easy

3.3 km
23 m
23 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
134 m
High Point
141 m
Tyler State Park: Lakeshore Trail Map

Tyler State Park is a small jewel of natural beauty located just north of the ugly urban sprawl of the city of Tyler, Texas. Unfortunately, the drone of nearby Interstate 20 provides a constant urban soundtrack to the natural beauty of Tyler State Park, but if you can manage to tune it out, you can still enjoy the serenity found within the park's protective borders.


The best and most pleasant hike in the park is the Lakeshore Trail, which circumnavigates the small lake. On this flat, easy hike, you'll find yourself treading along the very shore of the lake, enjoying the sound and smell of the water, observing the hundreds of turtles sunning themselves on logs, and the many birds feasting on the bounty that the lake and the forest provide.

For most of its length, the rooty singletrack tries to stick right to the shoreline, but in places, it traverses wooden walkways, including a short bridge over a beautiful inlet filled with cattails and even more turtles.

Unfortunately, you will need to connect a short portion of the north side of the loop using paved roads and parking lots, but the connection is quick, and it makes for a rewarding loop hike with no doubling back.

If you haven't had your fill yet, you can head deeper into the woods in the large network of singletrack, which has been mapped in FATMAP as a mountain bike route titled "Tyler State Park Loop."



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between March and November


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Family friendly