We knew nothing about Tyler State Park other than what we had read online. Tyler State Park has 57 sites with water, electricity, and sewer – 18 of which are “premium” sites with 30/50 amp service. Another 20 sites have water and electricity. The majority of the sites are spacious and treed; however, some sites are short and some are not level.
When we arrived, we were directed to the Big Pine RV area because we wanted full hookup. It was a very nice park with lots of tree shade. However, it was packed with some monstrous fifth wheels—no Class A RVs but a lot of five-slide fifth wheels.
The RV spots are semicircles—not exactly pull-through spots but “pull around” spots.
Our spot was very tight. I had to pull forward and back up a few times just to be able to get the truck and trailer out without hitting a tree on the right or a cement post on the left. Why the post was there is beyond me.
We did explore a bit and found RV sites with electric and water but no sewer outlets. Those sites were not crowded and very secluded. If we go back, that is where we are going to spend our time.
The park has several nature trails. These are flat and pretty well-maintained, although there were a few instances in which we had to maneuver around standing water.
This is an OK park for a one-night stay, but you had better check the sites before you book one. You don’t want to get into a situation where your rig won’t fit. It’s probably better to get a back-in site if you have a big rig.
The cost is minimal – $30 for a back-in site and $26 for a pull-through site. If you don’t have a Texas State Parks pass, you will also get hit with a $6 daily use fee. The Texas State Parks pass is worth the investment.
Here is a map to the park showing I-20.
Note: Tyler State Park is “deep” country and you are sure to encounter bugaboos. Whenever we are in such a place, we sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of the trailer. It will keep ants and other bugs away without harming wildlife. Below is a link to an Amazon page where you can buy some. I’m sure there are other places you can buy it as well.