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Tyler State Park

Big Spring State Park

789 Park Road 16
Tyler TX 75706-9141

Welcome to Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park is a state park north of Tyler, Texas. It is 985.5 acres in Smith County, north of Tyler. The park includes a 64-acre lake. The land was deeded by private owners in 1934 and 1935; original improvements were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The park opened in 1939.

Activities include picnicking; camping; boating (motors allowed - 5 mph speed limit); boat rentals; fishing; birding; hiking; mountain biking; lake swimming (in unsupervised swimming area); and nature study.


  • Restrooms with and without showers
  • Picnic sites (including 3 group picnic areas)
  • Campsites with water
  • Campsites with water and electricity (pull-through and back-in)
  • Campsites with water, electricity, and sewer (pull-through)
  • Screened shelters
  • A group camp with 6 screened shelters 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.
  • Trailer dump stations
  • A group dining hall
  • A 2.5-mile hiking trail
  • A 13-mile mountain bike trail
  • A 0.75-mile nature trail
  • An amphitheater on the lake shore
  • A seasonal grocery store that sells souvenirs and fishing supplies and rents canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, and fishing boats; a laundry tub; and a concrete launching ramp with a courtesy dock.

Situated in the piney woods, the steep dissected hillsides and the lake, with its associated vegetation, provides considerable habitat variety. Wildlife species are characteristic of east Texas: deer, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, as well as numerous species of birds. Popular fish include crappie, perch, catfish, and bass.

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