Parks in Tyler, TX

With 30 baseball fields, 15 soccer fields, 25 city parks and 15 campgrounds, Tyler, TX is an outdoors kind of city.

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The city of Tyler offers 26 parks, special events, dozens of playing fields, water recreation options and summer camps to keep residents in touch with the area's natural beauty.

Tyler State Park

For those who like their outdoor activities a bit more secluded, there is Tyler State Park, spread across nearly 1,000 acres just north of the city. The park has a 64-acre lake with a concrete boat-launch ramp, a 13-mile mountain bike trail, an amphitheater, a dining hall with full kitchen and premium campsites.

Parks, Lakes and More

But one does not have to find a major state park to have outdoor fun in Tyler. That’s because the city has 26 smaller parks that comprise more than 1,000 acres of land, and feature playgrounds, athletic fields, walking trails and tennis courts. Frisbee golf courses are available at Lindsey Park and The University of Texas at Tyler. There also is an amphitheater in Bergfeld Park, which is the site of the annual Tyler Azalea Trail and the Texas Rose Festival arts and craft shows.
And the list goes on. Lake Tyler is a popular fishing spot, while the Faulkner Park Nature Trail offers a 1.25-mile walk through oak and pine forests. In the summer, Faulkner Park and Tyler Fun Forest Park Pool also offer splash parks for those who want to cool off and play with water guns and sprayers.

Golf courses are available for adults and a skateboard park for children and teens. In fact, if there is something to do outdoors, there is a good chance you can do it in Tyler.

Summer Camps

Tyler has numerous summer camps to help keep children active during their mid-year break from school. Camp Nation, which is run by All Saints Episcopal School, offers programs ranging from traditional sports activities to “Princess for a Week” for young girls who like to dress up.

Other popular summer camps in Tyler include Pine Cove Christian Camp, Sky Ranch and the Rockin’ C Ranch, which is set on a real working Texas ranch.

A different type of camp can be found at Elite Gymnastics. Created by a former competitive gymnast, Elite Gymnastics attempts to improve self-confidence and self-esteem in children while they learn new skills.


The organization SPORTyler ensures there are plenty of activities taking place at those fields and parks. SPORTyler was developed in 1990 to attract amateur sporting events to Tyler and promote recreation within the city.

Under the direction of SPORTyler, the city has played host to national junior college sports championships in baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, golf and tennis. Tyler has held events such as the Texas State Open golf tournament, Texas Elite Baseball Tournament, NJCAA Men's Tennis Championship and many more. The organization also sponsors luncheons to celebrate the start of each sport's season.

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Cary Estes is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, Ala. He has written for numerous publications and websites, including Delta Sky magazine, Sports Illustrated, Associated Press... more

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