Tyler Outdoors, Recreation, Fishing, Camping, Golf, and RV Parks
Tyler has a wide range of places to see and things to do year-round. Tyler's mild climate provides an ideal environment for outdoor activities and recreation.
Lakes, Boating, Fishing and Water Recreation in East Texas
In the Piney Woods Section of East Texas, there are over 30 lakes offering a variety of outdoor sports for vacations or weekends, including Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler. And within easy driving distance are other lakes such as Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East, located adjacent to each other and connected via a canal, are located just east of Tyler, Texas. The two lakes cover nearly 5,000 surface acres and serves as the major source of water supply to the Tyler metro area. It is a popular close-in destination for boating, skiing, fishing, camping, hiking and RVing.
Lake Palestine is located about 15 miles southwest of Tyler, Texas, on Texas Highway 155, and resulting from a dam on the Neches River. It has a surface area of 25,560 acres, and was completed in 1962. It is the largest lake in the Tyler area in addition to Lake Tyler.
Lake Palestine offers something for everyone, with boating, skiing, houseboats, jet skis, sailing, and fishing all being popular activities. It is the location of popular camps such as Pine Cove Christian Camps, and major attractions such as the Villages Resort.
At 27,264 acres and 315 miles of shoreline, Lake Fork was designed to be a premier bass fishing lake and currently holds records for 34 out of the Top 50 largemouth bass caught in Texas. This popular lake located on the Sabine River in Hopkins, Rains and Wood Counties, 5 miles northwest of Quitman, and north of Mineola. It was impounded in 1980, and today reaches a depth of 70 feet.
Rose Rudman Recreational Trail
For walking, jogging, biking or roller-blading, Tyler's Rose Rudman Recreational Trail is a perfect venue for a short stroll or a long hike.
Water Parks, Swimming, Baseball Fields, Disc Golf, and Camping
Faulkner Park - Beautiful, large facility operated by the City of Tyler on Cumberland Road at South Broadway - tennis center, water sprayground, fishing pond, baseball fields, hiking trails, nature trails, biking, picnic facilities.
Lindsey Park - Lindsey Park, also operated by the City of Tyler, is located on Spur 364 West. It features a softball complex, soccer fields, basketball courts, playground, picnic area, pavilions, and restrooms. Another popular area is the three disc golf courses: Red, Blue and Gold.
Water Park at the Villages - southwest of Tyler, on Lake Palestine - (903) 534-8400
Camp Tyler - an outdoor learning center located on 350 acres on Lake Tyler, opened in 1949.
The camp provides physical, education, and social resources for the children of East Texas.
Pine Cove Christian Camps - large multi-venue camping, conference and outdoor education facility on the shores of Lake Palestine, both summer and year-round
Splash Kingdom Water Park - near Canton on Interstate 20
Municipal swimming pools - operated by the City of Tyler
Other Places for Outdoor Fun
Wired ZiptheUSA - WIRED is a unique, state of the art zip line and challenge course located ½ mile south of Interstate 20 on Hwy. 19 directly across from Canton’s First Monday Trade Days.
Area Outdoor Attractions near Tyler
Tyler State Park - just north of Tyler, 2 miles north of Interstate 20 on FM 14, then into the park on Park Road 16. This beautiful 985 acre park in the rolling hills features a 64 acre lake, campgrounds, hiking trails, pavilions, cabins, mountain biking, nature studies, canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, bike boats, jon boats, park store and much more. (903) 597-5338.
The popular Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located in nearby Athens. It provides an educational, entertaining visitor experience that promotes freshwater sport fishing and the enhancement, conservation and stewardship of aquatic resources in Texas. Kids love this place, and we highly recommend it! (903) 676-BASS (2277).
One of the favorite parks in Tyler is Bergfeld Park. It features open areas for picnicing, tennis courts, playgrounds and an amphitheater. It is also the sites of special events thru the year.
The park recently was upgraded. New facilities include two playgrounds for different ages, a crushed granite trail, landscaping, mulch and seating areas. Play areas feature new swings, slides between levels, rotating net climbers, a merry-go-round, a natural boulder climbing area and a toddler play area.
The park covers two city blocks, bounded by South College Avenue on the west, and South Broadway on the east, at the intersection with Highway 155 (4th Street).
Tyler City Parks
The City of Tyler currently operates a vast array of 26 parks. Shown below is a listing. For details, maps, and events, we highly recommend visiting the website of the City of Tyler Parks & Recreation.
Woldert, 701 W. 32nd St.
Glass Rec. Center, 501 W. 32nd St.
T.R. Griffith, 2930 N. Carter Blvd.
Gassway, W. Martha St.
Emmett Scott, 1710 N. Confederate Ave.
Oak Grove, 1525 N. Carlyle Ave.
Crescent, 1560 Crescent Dr.
City, 200 W. Queen Ave.
Fun Forest, 2000 Forest Ave.
Hillside, 1111 E. Erwin St.
Goodman/LeGrand, 624 N. Broadway Ave.
Windsor Grove, 415 S. Lyons Ave.
Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr.
W.E. Winters, 910 S. Peach Ave.
Herndon Hills, 2802 Brookhollow Dr.
Childrens Park, 900 S. Broadway
P.T. Cole, 1001 S. Vine St.
Bergfeld, 1510 S. College Ave.
Golden Road, 2300 McDonald Rd.
Pollard, 710 E. Amherst St.
Noble E. Young, 3125 Seaton St.
Lindsey, 1255 Spur 364 W.
Rose Rudman, 450 Shiloh Rd.
Southside, 455 Shiloh Rd.
Faulkner, 410 W. Cumberland Rd.
Northside Park. 2301 WNW Loop 323
The Children's Park, Tyler Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Several golf courses are available in the Tyler area, some public, some private. So be sure to call for information and memberships, T-Times, cost, etc. more about golf in Tyler
- Hollytree Country Club
- Eagles Bluff
- Willowbrook Country Club
- Cascades Golf Club
- Oak Hurst Golf Course
- Briarwood Country Club
Putt-Putt Golf Course - a classic miniature course on 2311 E Southeast Loop 323, Tyler -
The Tyler area features a number of RV parks in all parts of the city, and in all directions from the city. Click for a list of some of the popular RV parks, RV resorts, and RV campgrounds available to RVers.
Boating on Lake Palestine
Tyler State Park