Tyler Area Hiking Trails & Parks
The Tyler area offers a number of recreational trails and parks for walking, biking or strolling, located in the center of the city and in outlying areas.
Rose Rudman Trail Areas
Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Tyler, Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
For walking, jogging, biking or roller-blading, Tyler's Rose Rudman Recreational Trail is a perfect "close-in-to-town" venue for a short stroll or a long hike.
It is easily accessible from a number of residential areas, commercial corridors and area hotels.
The trails are also a great spot for picnics, or quiet time, at locations such as Southside Park located just south of the intersection of Shiloh Road and Donnybrook Avenue.
Access to the trails, and parking, is available at numerous locations. Visit these segments:
- Rose Rudman Trail - 1.2 miles of concrete trail
- Southside Trail - 1/2 mile
- South Tyler Trail - 4 miles
On the northeast segment of the trail is the Tyler Cancer Bell and Pavilion, a place of honor and remembrance for cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.
For more information ... City of Tyler Rudman-South Tyler Trails (PDF)
|City of Tyler sign showing a map of the center-city trails|
Legacy Trail System
Now open is the Legacy Trail system to Gresham, 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.
Tyler Bicycle Trails & Rides
Besides the Rose Rudman Trail and Legacy Trails, other trails are located around town that are ideal for biking, including Tyler's Faulkner Park and Lindsey Park.
Others can be found at Tyler State Park north of Tyler, offering 13 miles of trails, and mountain bike trails at the University of Texas at Tyler.
South Tyler Trails (
Parks and Other Trails in Tyler
The City of Tyler operates a varying array of 27 parks covering more than 1,000 acres. Included are hiking and walking trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, an amphitheater, tennis courts, and multi-purpose courts.
For park details, maps, and events, we highly recommend visiting the website of the City of Tyler Parks & Recreation.
Faulkner Park - This beautiful, large facility is operated by the City of Tyler on West Cumberland Road at South Broadway. It features a tennis center, water sprayground, fishing pond, baseball & softball fields, batting cages and picnic facilities. Opened in June of 2019 is the new Faulkner Skate Park, near the Tyler Police Station.
The park has more than 9 miles of popular hiking and biking trails.The trails are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Faulkner Sprayground is located on the south side of the park. In order to conserve water, the sprayground is on a timer. To activate, press the activation pad near the sprayground.
The Faulkner Tennis Center (FTC) is a municipal tennis center open to the general public. FTC offers eight lighted tennis courts, low-cost programs, snack area, pro shop, professional instruction, covered pavilion and picnic area, special programs, convenient parking, water fountain, and restrooms.
Faulkner Park is open daily from Sunrise to Sunset.
|Baseball fields at the Faulkner Park Sports Complex operated by the Tyler Parks & Recreation Department|
|The Skatepark at Faulkner Park in Tyler|
Lindsey Park - Lindsey Park, also operated by the City of Tyler, is located on Spur 364 West. It features a softball complex, soccer fields, basketball courts, playground, picnic area, pavilions, and restrooms.
Over 10 miles of trails are ideal for biking, hiking or walking. In 2019, the Lindsey Park Trail was named a Top Ten Trail in Texas by the Mountain Bike Trail Project. The trails are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lindsey Park also offers three popular 18-hole disc golf courses: Red, Blue and Gold.
The park is often the venue for Fourth of July fireworks shows!
Lindsey Park is open daily from Sunrise to Sunset.
|Lindsey Park Disc Golf Course
||Boardwalk and trails at Lindsey Park
Bergfeld Park is one of the most popular parks in Tyler, centrally located off South Broadway Avenue and College Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. It features open areas for picnicing, tennis courts, playgrounds and an amphitheater. It is also the sites of special events thru the year.
Also popular at Bergfeld is "Splasher, " the Dolphin Fountain sprayground, open during the summer months.
The park recently was upgraded. New facilities include two playgrounds for different ages, a crushed granite trail, landscaping, mulch and seating areas. Play areas feature new swings, slides between levels, rotating net climbers, a merry-go-round, a natural boulder climbing area and a toddler play area.
More Parks in Tyler
Windsor Grove Nature Park is located at the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Front Street, just west of the East Texas Fairgrounds and Tyler Municipal Rose Garden complex.
This beautifully wooded nature park features hike and bike trails and a picnic area.
Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive - Established in 1952, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the nation's largest rose garden, spanning 14 acres.
The gardens include over 38,000 rose bushes and over 600 different varieties, as well as reflecting pools, walkways and fountains. The gardens are a popular destination for both local residents and for visitors, and offer a diversity of photographic opportunities.
T.R. Griffith Park - At the intersection of Carter Boulevard and 29th Street a few blocks north of Texas College. This neighborhood park includes picnic areas, pavilion, basketball court, playground and a shaded quarter-mile walking trail.
Goodman-LeGrand House, Museum and Gardens, 624 N. Broadway Avenue - 9 acres of gardens surrounding the historic home. The well manicured lawn covers almost an entire city block. There are many large shade trees and beautiful flowers, including azaleas and roses. Benches provide visitors a place to rest and enjoy the beautiful setting.
Gassway Park, W. Martha Street - located in northwest Tyler off of Martha Street and West Gentry Parkway. This neighborhood park features picnic areas, restrooms, pavilion, playground and newly renovated basketball court. The playground was completely renovated in 2019 with the support of a grant through BlueCross BlueShield of East Texas and Kaboom!
Emmett Scott Park, (formerly Lincoln Park) - 1710 N. Confederate Avenue near the intersection of Confederate Avenue and West Vance Street. This neighborhood park includes picnic areas, pavilion, restrooms, playground, baseball/softball field and a basketball/multipurpose court.
Oak Grove Park, 1525 N. Carlyle Avenue, in northeast Tyler at the intersection of North Carlyle Avenue and East Vance Street, next to Douglas Elementary School. This neighborhood park features picnic areas, playground and a basketball court.
Woldert Park, Tyler Texas
Woldert Park - Located adjacent to the Glass Recreation Center, at 701 W. 32nd Street. This large park offers picnic areas, restrooms, pavilion, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball/softball field, and a swimming pool. The park includes 5 miles of hike and bike trails, a fishing pond and more.
Crescent Park, 1560 Crescent Drive, bordered by Crescent Drive, Massey Drive and Harmony Street. This neighborhood park features a picnic area and playground.
City Park, 200 W. Queen Avenue, at the intersection of North Broadway Avenue and Queen Street, just north of downtown Tyler. This historic neighborhood park offers picnic areas, a playground, basketball and multipurpose courts.
Fun Forest Park, 2000 Forest Avenue, located at the intersection of North Glenwood Boulevard and Garden Valley Road. It is adjacent to the Tyler Senior Citizen's Center and Ramey Elementary School. This spacious park features something for everyone with picnic areas, shelter/pavilion, restrooms, baseball/softball fields, soccer field, tennis courts, playground, and basketball court. A fun-filled water sprayground was added to the park in the summer of 2002 and both the pool and sprayground were renovated in 2020.
Hillside Park, 1111 E. Erwin Street, east of downtown Tyler. The park features picnic areas, restrooms, pavilions, soccer fields, playgrounds, basketball and multipurpose courts. The playground was renovated in 2019 to feature a beautiful Art Wall painted by local artists and brand new playground equipment including an enormous concrete slide.
The Children's Park, South Broadway, Tyler Texas
The Children's Park, 900 S. Broadway - This popular park features life-size bronze statues of children playing, a children's story amphitheater, and a butterfly garden. There are cobblestone walkways that wind through the park with benches along the way.
W.E. Winters Park, 910 S. Peach Avenue, south of Peete Elementary School. This neighborhood park offers picnic areas, restrooms, pavilion, playground, basketball courts, multipurpose courts and 0.4 miles of concrete trails .
Herndon Hills Park, 2802 Brookhollow Drive - centrally located off of Brookhollow Drive and Pine Burr Road, a few blocks west of the Harvey Convention Center and Tyler Rose Garden Center. This neighborhood park features a picnic area, playground, basketball and multipurpose courts.
P.T. Cole Park, 1001 S. Vine Street, centrally located off of Vine Street, between Mockingbird and Lindsey Lane. This park includes picnic areas, shelter/pavilion, restrooms, playground and basketball/multipurpose court. New playground equipment was installed at P.T. Cole Park in 2002.
Golden Road Park, 2300 McDonald Road - This popular park features picnic areas, playground, pavilion, restrooms, baseball, soccer and football fields.
Pollard Park, 710 E. Amherst Street, at the intersection of New Copeland Road and East Amherst Street, near Andy Woods Elementary School. The park features picnic areas, pavilion, restrooms, playground, tennis courts, soccer and football fields.
Noble E. Young Park, Tyler Texas
Noble E. Young Park, 3125 Seaton Street - The park was dedicated by the Tyler City Council and Tyler Parks & Recreation Board on October 24, 1998. Since its opening the skate park has been one of Tyler's most popular parks.
The park is a favorite place for local skaters, as well as skaters from across the East Texas region and the state. The park also features a 9-hold disc golf course.
Northside Park, 2301 WNW Loop 323 - This park includes model airplane fields for use by the public.
Other Outdoor Activities in Tyler
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.