Peaceful lakes hidden among towering pine trees, remote hiking trails that wind through lush forests, and the aromas of fresh air and blooming flowers. Visiting the Piney Woods of East Texas is a treat for the senses, no matter what time of year. Come in the spring for the blue skies and sunshine, then watch as all the leaves change into the captivating colors of fall. While all this beauty is apparent no matter where you are, the best places you can go to see it for yourself is at one of the Texas state parks near Tyler. Read on to get to know a few of your many options below.
While Daingerfield State Park is a fine place to visit year-round, spring and fall are particularly spectacular. In the spring, colorful wildflowers and blooming dogwoods cover the park in shades of blue, pink, and yellow.
Visit in the fall to see all the colors of autumn, as the sweetgums, oaks, and maple trees are illuminated in breathtaking shades of gold, red, and orange.
Along with all the hiking and fishing, Fairfield Lake State Park has more than 120 campsites, ranging from primitive to one’s offering electricity and water hook-ups. So spend the night under the stars and rest up, as you’ve got a world of adventure waiting for you once the sun rises.
Given its diverse flora and fauna, there’s no end to what you’ll see as you explore the 1.5-mile hiking trail, go for a refreshing splash in the swimming area, and kayak or canoe in the 15-acre lake.
Speaking of the lake, it provides plenty of great fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish, and rainbow trout. Better yet, you can borrow rods, reels, and tackle boxes from the park for up to seven days.
With reservable campsites and cabins and a convenient location halfway between Houston and Austin, Fort Boggy State Park is an easy-to-reach escape back to nature.
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