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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +375/388 ft
Total: 136 riders
 

Mountain Biking Tyler State Park

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#17 of 273 mountain bike trails in Texas
#517 in the world

once you are at the trail head there are many trails to chose from, there will be a map board that will tell you the length and difficulty of each trail. most of it is very fast singletrack some of it technical. they all will loop around back to the trail head.

First added by TrailAPI on Apr 29, 2020. Last updated Apr 29, 2020. → add an update
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once you get to tyler from I-20 ask anyone at a truck stop where tyler state park is. once you get there just follow the signs to the trail head or ask for a map at the entrance, its only a few bucks to get in.
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  • FredCook
    *****

    Tyler State Park is a great family place. There are MTB trails for most level of riders. Small lake for fishing and canoeing (there are rentals). Of course, there is camping. and hiking. There are a couple of hiking only trails, so respect that! This trail is another great example of the Texas State Park systems support of mountain biking. It is a multi-use trail for hikers and bikers. The park's recommended direction of travel is hikers go counterclockwise, bikers go clockwise. People don't necessarily follow that suggestion, so watch out for head on run-ins. For biking, the climbs and drops make more sense going counterclockwise. You'll wind up climbing up steep techy stuff and coming down less steep switchbacks if you go the wrong way. That's not to say you won't have your share of techy climbing going the right way! :) The few berms that exist will also be backwards if you go the wrong direction. This is a stacked loop trail (EZ, A, B, C, and D). The EZ loop (.75 mile) is just that, short and easy by mountain bike standards. Occasional small rocks, small roots, loose stuff, some sand, mild climbs and mild descents. This is a beginner MTB loop. Loop A (2.5 miles) steps it up a bit, with longer and more technical climbs with a few switch backs, and some nice sweeping decedents with a couple of berms and some small root drops. This is a intermediate MTB loop. Loop B (3.1 miles) is similar to A, just not as tight. Some climbs are longer, but not as steep, and subsequently, so are the descents. Loop B is at the parks lower elevations. This is a intermediate MTB loop. Loops C and D (1.5 and 2.2 miles), take another step up. Break out the trail bike and lower gears on C and D. Ups and downs are stepper and more techy. Roots and rocks are taller. Switchbacks are tighter. Longer down hill runs are faster and can be loose and rough. Be ready for a couple of grinding climbs as C and D traverse the parks lowest and highest elevation more than a couple of times.

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  • ireiman
    ****

    So much fun, lots of great technical root sections throughout and it is nice and open unlike most east Texas trails. Definitely will go back!

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  • ktmdrz400
    ***

    Had an opportunity to ride in the month of November. Nice autumn colors. Has a few switchback sections with elevation changes and was well groomed. Not to many technical sections to speak of. A beautiful and well marked 9 mile ride.

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  • Mickey Young
    *****

    This is a great trail system for the area. Plenty of technical areas and nice downhill sections.

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  • Sboehm
    ****

    Trail is okay ... Nothing to write home about. Top of the trail tends to be sandy, and the rest has several roots.

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  • NeverSawBigfoot
    ****

    I'm an advanced rider with a Frankenbike I built myself- a 29er hardtail 1x9 with a rigid fork, made for technical riding. Here's what you need to know:

    -entry is $5.

    -Most of this trail isn't suitable for beginners;

    -Leave gears 5-27 at home, you won't need them.

    -Bring your knobby tires, the substrate is very loose.

    -It's not hilly, but is chock full of steep ascents and drops.

    -Near the middle of Loop D there is a huge down-and-up; at the top is a trail that takes you to a campground where you can fill up your bottle or camelback.

    -If your a technical rider like me, you will be challenged constantly; if you're a downhill flyer, be careful.

    That's it- have fun!

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  • Jeremy Carter
    *****

    To the young man that paid for me and my son to get in, that $10 is one of the nicest things anyone has done for me in a real long time. Thank you and God bless you. As for the trail, Awesome! Solid intermediate trails, bring your lungs and legs for the climbs and a full suspension for all the roots and rocks if you're getting old like me. Some of the switchbacks and fast rough downhill sections might push a true intermediate riders skills but who rides to be bored. Great trails, I'll be back for sure.

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  • Hyrum1959
    ****

    This was a fun and well marked trails system. They even had maps at the main trail head. If you can't tell by now, I travel and ride a lot of different trails. I detest poorly marked trails. Anyway, these were not overly technical, but drainage has created some challenging little sections, with lots of tree roots. There is a $5.00 fee for the state park, but well worth the money.

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  • Sierradirtslayer
    *****

    Overall great trail with lots of diversity. Raced here and had a great time on this trail. Lots of short punchy climbs and some good switchbacks. If your in the area or passing thru its worth checking out. Nice little lake nearby to get in a quick dip.

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  • Hap Proctor
    *****

    Fun trail. 4 distinct loops, with A & B being easy or intermediate. If you are a beginner just ride these two loops, twice if you want more miles. Loop C is more difficult with tight switchbacks and climbs. Unless you are in great condition they will test your fitness. Loop D has a fun downhill ride that makes the journey there worthwhile. I will definitely ride again when in the area. There is a fee ($5) to enter the park.

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  • ddbullard76
    *****

    Love this trail and the scenery. It has some of everything, and is a great option often times when DFW area trails are closed due to weather.

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  • LongHaulBilly
    ****

    Pretty good little trail. Well posted and I like the different loops and difficulty. Had some roots throw me over the bike on the c loop trying to jump though a couple sets and caught one. I think they are missing an opportunity to have some great flowing lines there. I mean it flows ok its not bad. But I was looking at the terrain around and it could be better. Its still really fun and I will be back. Plus you can swimming afterwards.

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  • cdybrynt
    ****

    Great trail with a variety of challenges. I started out at main TH and completed EZ, A, B, C, and D. The higher the letter, the harder it got. Each loop connected into one another and it was all marked very well. If you do all the loops from the main TH, you end up doing the first half of each letter one way and the other half on the way back. Which I liked the easy, to moderate, to difficult, and back style. Had a variety of up and downhills with a few large hills thrown in. I've heard a lot of comparisons and it's many similarities to Lincoln Parish Park Trail in Ruston, LA, and I would have to agree with most. Though LPP has way more jumps, they do share similar big quick downhill sections and a uphill with multiple switchbacks. Overall, I would highly recommend this trail, even if it involves a multi-hour drive to get to.

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  • RoadWarrior
    ****

    Usually get to ride this trail once or twice a year. Mostly a fun flowing trail, lots of roots, a few rocks, some root drops. Some areas can get up some real speed, but the trees will bite if you over cook a corner. Most of the climbs are short with a few longer ones, but the grade is moderate ( you are in east Texas so don't expect big hills). Overall a good trail system with multiple distance options. Weather can be brutal in the summer.

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  • Quazii
    ***

    Lactic acid inducing climbs. Can ride individual loops (ABCD) or link them all together for a longer ride. A loop starts you off nice and easy, meandering downhill before taking you back up with moderate switchbacks. B loop gets more technical as trees do their best to trip you up with their roots. C loop is best known for it's steep tight switchbacks. A fun challenge to climb. D loop flows nicely and has two steep, wide and fast descents to raise the heart rate. Much like the drop on a roller coaster.

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  • *****

    This trail is a nice 10 mile loop. It is fun, and fast but be ready for the inclines!

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  • michsolo
    *****

    Love this trail. Rode it on a single sped for the first time, great workout. Good flow and pretty scenery.

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  • mtbtrucker
    ****

    Rode this trail last Tuesday and had to bolt early because of time. Wish I'd had more time to ride the whole thing. Great woodsy scenery similar to Huntsville S.P. but with a lot more climbs and downhills. I was really getting into a series of downhills when I caught some soft sand in a turn going between 2 trees. My right hand and handlebar hit one of the trees and sent me into a ninja roll into the brush - it was awesome!!!

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  • armyslowrdr
    *****

    I'll chime in to acknowledge what the immediate prior member said--FUN !! I too have ridden this once, a few years ago or more after the Beauty and the Beast Road Ride in Tyler.

    This is the most FLOW of any singletrack in Texas. With RockyHillRanch being 2d. I really wish I lived closer than 175++ miles away.

    I remember it's a series of loops all being totally rideable--one with spectacular scenery and a nice series of challenging switchbacks.

    I'm going to rate it easy just because only Double Lake, Huntsville and San Angelo may be easier. A near handful of trails that don't have all the ledgy features that our trails are noted for--in other words, though there might be switchbacks and climbing, the tech factor is greatly reduced.

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  • dekoffer
    *****

    Not being anywhere near Tyler, I have only ridden this trail once. However, it was a very impressive experience. Lots of swooping singletrack through pine forest. Lots of rooty switchbacks. Lots of lung busting climbing, and some technical desents. I don't experience a lot of elevation change at my local trails, so this trail proved to be a really fun challenge. It is certainly worth the drive from Dallas or Shreveport because of the excellent singletrack plus they have great camping facilities and an excellent lake with a sand beach to make it a weekend.

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