The Tyler area offers a number of recreational trails and parks for biking, located in the center of the city and in outlying areas. The terrain surrounding Tyler is mostly forested, gently rolling hills, dotted with ranches, lakes, and pastures.
The elevation in Smith County ranges from 300 to 600 feet, providing biking challenges even for the most experienced riders. Even in the City of Tyler, bicyclists will find hills and elevation changes which provide exciting biking rides, as well as flat trails for more relaxing times.
Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Tyler, Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
It is easily accessible from a number of residential areas, commercial corridors and area hotels. City of Tyler Rudman-South Tyler Trails Map
Access to the trails, and parking, is available at numerous locations. The Tyler trail system currently encompasses four segments:
Lindsey Park - Lindsey Park, also operated by the City of Tyler, is located on Spur 364 West. The park includes 15 miles of trails for biking, hiking and walking. Check out Loops A, B, C and D. In 2019, Lindsey Park Trail was named a Top Ten Trail in Texas by the Mountain Bike Trail Project. City of Tyler Lindsey Park Trails Map
It also features a softball complex, soccer fields, basketball courts, playground, picnic area, pavilions, and restrooms. Lindsey Park offers three popular disc golf courses: Red, Blue and Gold.
Another part of the trail goes from Three Lakes Parkway to the southeast, along Dueling Oaks, connecting with West Cumberland Road, allowing trail bikers to reach the Faulkner Park trails. City of Tyler Legacy Trail Map
The following biking resources offer details on bike shops, accessories, repairs, popular biking trails and courses, as well as upcoming events and rides:
Tyler Bicycle Club - Comprised of cycling enthusiasts and volunteers who support the cycling community around Tyler. Club members are eager to help new riders experience the joys of bicycling in the community. Visitors are always welcome on their weekly rides! For more information about current events and rides, visit the Tyler Bicycle Club on Facebook
BB&J Rentals - This new small business, locally owned and operated, rents and delivers electric bikes to local trailheads and other locales. The company delivers fully charged electric mountain bikes in or around the Tyler, TX, area, and also rents and delivers kayaks at Lake Tyler and Lake Palestine. Phone 903.300.5585 for more informaiton or visit their website at BB&J Rentals
Elite Bicycles of Tyler - Powered by PlayTri - 2251 Three Lakes Parkway, Suite 102. Also, visit Elite Bicycles on Facebook
Simpson Sports - 14204 Highway 110 S, in Whitehouse ... 41 years of biking experience in East Texas. Bike sales and repairs. Also, visit Simpson Sports on Facebook
Image courtesy of the Tyler Bicycle Club
The Coco Bean - Bicycle rentals on Legacy Trails in Tyler, on 7272 Crosswater Avenue
FRESH Racing - Formed in 2011 as a group of dedicated cyclists began looking for an alternative to team racing in other cities. As more riders joined weekly group rides in Tyler, a need was created for an official team, and with FRESH and other sponsors stepping forward to support the cause, it wasn’t long before the dream of a racing team became a reality.
City of Tyler Parks & Recreation Trail Guides (PDFs)
City of Tyler Parks Trail Guide
City of Tyler Faulkner Park Trail
City of Tyler Legacy Trail Map
City of Tyler Rudman-South Tyler Trails
UT-Tyler Mountain Bike Trail Map
Tyler Bike Trails (Courtesy of Elite Bicycles) - Details on the 67-mile Beauty & The Beast route, Tri-Tyler Olympic Course, Lake Hawkins Loop, Fresh Road Race Course, and more.
Calendar of Upcoming Tyler Area Bike Rides (Courtesy of the Tyler Bicycle Club)
Tyler Transit - City of Tyler fixed route buses are equipped with racks for bicycle transport
Texas Bicycle Racing Association
Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association
City of Tyler Bicycle Information, Maps & the Bike Stripes Project - The project identifies 11 bicycle lane routes and a centralized hub near the downtown area. The work includes painting bicycle lanes and placing designated signage along the existing roadways. An overview of all the routes is available with plans for the new "spokes."
|Map showing the City of Tyler's Bike Stripes Project
The Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) and the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department have partnered to install numerous bicycle fix-it stations throughout the City of Tyler.
The fix-it stations were purchased via grant funds from the Texas Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, and have been placed at Tyler parks near trails, The stations include all tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, such as inflating a flat tire and adjusting brakes.
The bicycle fix-it stations have been installed along the Rose Rudman Trail, Legacy Trails, Bergfeld Park, Faulkner Nature Trails, Lindsey Mountain Bike Trails, and the Glass Recreation Center.
Downtown Tyler locations of the bicycle fix-it stations include the downtown square (near the water feature), in the Fair Plaza parking garage, and near the Tyler Transit depot on Oakwood and Spring Street.
In 2019 the Legacy Trail system to Gresham was dedicated, running along an abandoned railroad route along Old Jacksonville Highway. Beginning near FRESH on Old Jacksonville Highway, the system also provides connectivity to the Faulkner Park area and trails.
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.