Tyler, TX is a Manly City

By Kevin Litwin on March 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

It's hard to deny Tyler's rugged appeal. This Texas town offers many outdoor recreation options that men, and women, find hard to pass up.

Even President George W. Bush spent time in Tyler in 2011 specifically to enjoy outdoor activities. The 43rd U.S. President visited Tyler State Park to access the 13-mile mountain bike trail, considered among the best in the country.

“Tyler State Park is the number-one most utilized Texas Parks & Wildlife facility in the state, and President Bush had a great time there in 2011,” says Stephanie Rollings, director of the Tyler Parks & Recreation Department. “The park also has canoeing, kayaking and swimming opportunities that are amazing.”

The rustic park has campsites with screened shelters, access to water, electricity and sewer services. A seasonal grocery store on site is stocked with fishing supplies, and offers canoe and fishing boat rentals and a concrete launching ramp with courtesy dock.

Wishing for Fishing

Speaking of fishing, the city oversees a small lake next to Glass Recreation Center in north Tyler, and another in Faulkner Park in south Tyler.

“Both are heavily stocked each year with trout,” Rollings says. “Lake Tyler, Lake Fork and Lake Palestine are also popular fishing lakes, although not in the city limits. All the lakes have several fishing guide services that are easy to find via the Internet.”

Back to mountain biking trails: Tyler has a long trail at Faulkner Park and a hike-and-bike trail that starts at Rose Rudman Park and goes to Southside Park, then all the way to Grande Blvd.

“The Tyler Bicycle Club has also come up with an idea called Four Pedals of the Rose, which is four strong mountain bike trails in the four corners of Tyler,” Rollilngs says. “One is at Tyler State Park, one is at UT Tyler, another at Faulkner Park and then one trail currently nearing construction completion at Lindsey Park. Those trails are open to anyone tough enough to tackle them.”

If Golf is Your Bag

For guys who like to golf, Tyler has 23 public and private courses within a short drive of the city limits. Among the nicest private facilities are The Cascades Country Club, Emerald Bay Club, Hollytree Country Club, The Challenge at Eagle's Bluff and Willow Brook Country Club. The list of good public courses includes Hilltop Country Club, Peach Tree Golf Club and Arrowhead Golf Club. Arrowhead is an especially challenging layout from the back tees for big hitters, measuring more than 7,200 yards.

“Tyler is also home to the Faulkner Tennis Center, which has eight lighted courts and an affordable 'pay-to-play' policy,” Rollings says. “Yearly memberships are available for avid players, with prices at $125 for individuals and $250 for families. Many outdoor opportunities are available in Tyler – just get out there and enjoy them.”

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