Tyler State Park - Trail, Tyler, Texas

Tyler State Park - Trail, Tyler, Texas

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 11, 2016]
Kristi
Weekend Warrior

Rode the EZ loop & A loop and they were awesome. The park is beautiful, restrooms are clean and there's plenty of shade. These two loops consist of lots of surface and elevation changes but nothing too difficult. The trails are well maintained and I can't wait to come back. Well worth the drive!

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B, C & D Loops

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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[Oct 26, 2014]
Rockass
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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

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Area has lotta Pine trees so thick woodlands can be a challenge to traverse without a dedicated trail system.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 14, 2012]
BIGABIGD
Cross Country Rider

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.

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Grapevine Northshore
Cedar Hill

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 19, 2011]
bsdc
Cross Country Rider

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.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 10, 2009]
dekoffer
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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.

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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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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 10, 2008]
boisebomber
Cross Country Rider

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 04, 2007]
Mack
Weekend Warrior

Great trail system, watch out for walkers and dogs, If the bridges are wet then watch out, they're slick as glass. Check out www.tylerbicycleclub.com for the Gnarly Dog MTB Time trials.

Customer Service

I really enjoy all the loops, from A to EZ, Blackjack hill is a beating though!

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Martin Creek Lake State Park over near Tatum, used to be a good trail. It has some ridable mileage, but the markings are mostly gone and there are alot of trees down on the trail. It rides alot like the EZ loop at TSP but they have a couple drops into creeks, where as TSP has bridges.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 12, 2007]
EddieAAAA
Weekend Warrior

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 !!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 08, 2006]
Logan
Weekend Warrior

This trail is the best in tx. Takes a skillful rider to keep from falling, very technical...

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 27, 2005]
jetdriver
Cross Country Rider

Spent 2 days at the park camping and riding. If you have access to firewood, bring it with you. If you don't, buy it at the convenience store across from the park entrance, it's cheaper there. So coming from the DFW area, I was pretty excited about riding some bigger elevation changes. And I was not disappointed. They got 'em. And most are steep. Started with EZ, then A, B, C, and D. They gradually get more technical. I found D to be the most fun. Now when I say fun, I mean fast. Different strokes for different folks, but I like to peddle hard and go fast with lots of corners, jumps and dips. So D is where I got my fix. Especially on the power line trail. Like a roller coaster you can fly down one side and get enough speed to get up the other side to do it again. For the rest of the trail, well frankly, I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's always a good day if you're outside and sweatin in the saddle. But, (I may get a ribbing for this) the terrain is very rough. I know, I know, that's what we do. We ride OFF ROAD. But like I said, I like to ride fast. Maybe I'm just a hardpack pansy, but the trails are loaded with deep sand, loose rocks and a plethera of roots. I spent a lot of time in the lowest gears slipping and spinning and a few times walking to the top of the hill only to be rewarded with a rock garden/ sand downhill so I spent most of the time on the brakes to keep from eating Pine. The roots are so abundant it's like riding down the steps of Lincoln Memorial. I have a dentist appointment on Thursday to fix the teeth that rattled out of my head. I found the best lines on the side of the trail where it was much smoother. Oh yeah, I ride a hardtail. The only way I would drive the hour and a half to ride this trail again is to take a full suspension bike. If you ride a cushy bike, this would most likely be a pleasant experience (lock-outs would be a bonus for the climbs). But for me, I left with a feeling of frustration. So if you like the challenge and punishment of steep climbs, stairstep downhills, loose sand and plenty of roots, then this is the trail for you. I'll be racing around Rowlett Creek with my hair on fire.

Customer Service

EZ is well... easy (and boring) A has longer straights with switchbacks, but not technical B is slightly more technical with steeper hills and more rocks C has good scenery with the steepest elevation changes D is well rounded with tech and fast creek crossings

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Spend the extra gas money and go to Womble.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
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3
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