Home to a diversity of ecosystems, Texas overflows with national, state and privately owned parks available for us to explore. With the Go Outside series from First Choice Power, we’ll take you all across this great state to visit both well-known public parks and lesser-known spots that are privately owned, but open to the public.
If fishing, hiking and a good dose of serenity is in your future, then visiting the parks that lie in the northeastern corner of Texas should be top on your list! In this installment of Go Outside, we’ll take a look at the parks and beauty near and around Tyler, Texas.
Our Favorite Nature Spots and Parks near Tyler, TX:
- Atlanta State Park, Atlanta
- Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area, Lindale
- Tyler State Park, Tyler
Keep reading for details on these adventures that await you!
Located on the shores of Wright Patman Lake, Atlanta State Park is a place where you can find the colors of the seasons. Towering pines and hardwoods shade the park, providing visitors with beauty all year round.
Come here to fish in their 20,000 acre reservoir and catch catfish that can weight up to 75 pounds! You can also boat, water-ski, and swim in designated areas.
For land lovers, take a hike along any of their 4.8 mile hiking trails, study nature, do some bird watching, picnic, geocache, or jog. You can also camp here at one of their 58 campsites which all include water and electricity.
North of Tyler, just a 20 minute drive away, is the Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Like most WMA’s, you typically need to bring your own water in and there are no restrooms, so be prepared for that.
Located on more than 5,000 acres, it meanders between the Old Sabine River Chanel and the Sabine River. It mostly consists of bottomland hardwood habitat, and contains large stands of hardwood trees such as elm, ash and oak.
Depending on the time of year, the area is populated by squirrels, deer, waterfowl, hogs and turkey. Head here for a day trip, and bring a few chairs and a picnic lunch.
Featuring a 64 acre spring-fed lake surrounded by 100 foot tall trees and historic structures, Tyler State Park is a place to play at the lake, bring a fishing line, wander through the woods, or simply relax!
Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, geocaching, and simply relaxing are all in order here.
With more than 13 miles of trails through the Pinewoods, this is a hikers haven. The Whispering Pines Nature Trail, built more than 70 years ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is a trail not to be missed.
Fisherman can expect to find perch, catfish, bass or crappie in the lake. With three fishing piers and a boat ramp, you can bring your boat as long as you travel 5mph or less. Don’t forget your fishing license!