We first camped at this gorgeous park in our tent. We came here in the autumn, and again the following spring before we bought our T@B. We found out that our dogs were great campers. We always follow the rules and NEVER let our dogs offleash.

Fall of 2015 we camped here with our T@B for the first time. We were very sad that we could no longer camp in the lovely Red Oak camping area which overlooks the lake and is tent only. But we were extremely happy with the Cedar Point Campground which is mixed tent and small trailer. This is where the glory of a small trailer comes in. In our admittedly limited experience, the most beautiful areas are tent areas because so much ground has to be cleared for big rig trailers, and leveled, as well.  So a place that combines tent and trailer is generally our favorite kind.

Our first night

When we decided to go to TSP on this particular weekend, the only sites they had available were at the Big Pine Campground which is big rig city. It is a large oval with full hookup sites on the interior and perimeter sides of the road.Tyler State Park Big Pine Campground If you’re making reservations, the interior is a very wide, open space with some trees. The perimeter is, for the most part, surrounded by woods so gives you the option of some prettier views when you are looking in that direction. We ended up on the inside. It was fine. We were going to stay two nights, and were happy to be there.

This picture is deceptive because it doesn’t show that most of the open area is grassy. Mud would definitely be an issue if it rained, though.

But even though we were only staying one more night, it’s so easy to move and set up the T@B that we decided to check and see if there would be any open sites on possibly the prime camping loop in the park: Lakeview Campground. It is for tents and small trailers. There were open sites. We moved.

Was it worth the trouble? You tell me.

Tyler State Park T@B Lakeview Campground

From this angle? Maybe not so big a deal. But I point out that because the surface was smooth and the T@B is so easy to turn, we unhooked it, rolled it into place and turned it until we had great views from all windows!

Tyler State Park Lakeview Breakfast

The view from breakfast at the picnic table. Note use of color-coordinated kitchen things!

Tyler State Park Lakeview View from Picnic Table

Another view from the picnic table. This is a very large site with a very long pull-in for those with big rigs.

Tyler State Park Lakeview Views from inside T@B

The view from inside the T@B.

We thought it was worth moving. So worth moving, we stayed two extra days and only left because somebody had reservations.

Conclusion?

Tyler State Park is a lovely little jewel of a park in East Texas. It is heavily wooded and hilly and worthwhile year round because so much of it is covered with pine trees and other evergreens. The summers will be hot, as you might guess. It has great hiking, mountain bike trails, a swimming beach, rentals for rowboats, canoes, kayaks and paddle-boats, hot showers and other amenities. You won’t be sorry you stayed here!

 

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