Tyler State Park 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.
Nature of the Area
Situated in the pineywoods, 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.
Nearby attractions include Texas State Railroad State Historic Site; Martin Creek State Park, and Purtis Creek State Park; Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, famous as rose capital of world; Tyler Junior College and planetarium; Brookshire World of Wildlife; Carnegie History Center; Kilgore Oil Museum; Morton Salt Mines in Grand Saline, 40 miles from park; Canton Trade Days (1st Monday monthly); Spring Flower Trail (March); Rose Festival (October); Tyler Zoo; and the Goodman Museum. Only 20 to 30 minutes away is Gladewater, "The Antique Capital of East Texas." While you are in the area, visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens a unique TPWD facility showcasing aquatic life and sport fishing in Texas.
You can reach the park from exits 330 and 331 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike; from Exit 330 follow PA 332 east from Willow Grove through Richboro and from Exit 331 follow US 1 north to I-95. Follow I-95 north to the Newtown/Yardley Exit 49, then drive west on the four-lane bypass around Newtown. The park entrance is at the intersection of Swamp Road and the four-lane bypass.