Tyler State Park - Blackjack Nature Trail

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Very short trail
By jtkatie on 7/25/2010
Rating: 1point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 0.35 Mile Duration: 14 minutes

The Blackjack Nature Trail itself is very short and not too spectacular (at least when we visited). The trail itself was wide enough and moderately kept up, but the hike itself was quite boring.

The one interesting part of the hike is how the different types of terain covered in such a short distance: grasslands to forest to desert-y (plenty of cactus).

Solitude is so high as we did not see another person, car, or other signs of human life on or around the trail. The trail itself is located out of the way by a "group pavilion" and over-flow camping area.

We were not sure where to park, so we parked on the pavement (as required by signage), closest to the trees by the bathroom. All marked parking spaces seem to be for camping only.

Fun hike, beautiful park
By txpathfinder on 5/7/2007
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 3.50 Miles Duration: 2 minutes
We hiked the trail around the lake. The terrain varies quite a bit. It passes by the park store, swimming area, and trailer camping ground. It also crosses a long dam and wanders up and down through wooded areas with large, mature trees. There are several wooden walkways covering some of the marshier areas. It was an enjoyable hike, but might be a bit much for younger children.
Great trails and refreshing lake
By nathatt on 6/17/2006
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours
My wife and I visited Tyler and walked a good distance along the mountain bike loops. The trails were very well maintained and gave us many chances to see wildlife. The nature trail is great and its plants are home to many types of insects. Overall a fantastic park with lots to do.
The Best State Park in Texas
By tylersleo on 11/13/1999
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: 2 minutes
There are many trails in this park. Thers-e are A-B-C-D loops that you can loop together for more than 8 miles of trails, plus a loop around the lake that is a little less that 3 miles.
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