Whether you are looking for a place to go camping, hiking, fishing or just want to get out and enjoy the fresh air or enjoy nature, you can find a variety of parks in North East Texas, whether it be in the city or out in the county.
In this post, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite parks and a few other popular ones that others enjoy.
Map of Parks in North East Texas
The following map shows the location of every park mentioned in this post:
Tyler State Park
Tyler State Park features a cool, 64-acre spring-fed lake, 100-foot tall trees, and historic structures. Play at the lake, wet a hook, wander through the woods, or relax with your binoculars. You will love this peaceful get-away in Northeast Texas!
At this park, you can boat, fish, swim in the lake, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, bird watch and study nature. Whether you visit for an afternoon or a weekend, you will find plenty to do here.
Park Website: Tyler State Park
Faulkner Park opened to the public on April 18, 2001. In 2019, Faulkner Skate Park was added to the facility. The park features several picnic areas, restrooms, pavilions, baseball/softball fields, batting cages, playground, tennis facility, fishing pond, sprayground, nature trails, and skate park.
Park Website: Faulkner Park
East Texas Zoo and Gator Park
There are dozens of alligators at this park, from hatch-lings all the way up to 14 feet long. The enclosures are designed to get close to view them either basking on the banks in the sun, swimming in the pond, or eating a snack (During feeding times).
They also have primates big and small, as well as exotic cats, lemurs, Monkeys, and all sorts of other animals.
Park Website: East Texas Zoo and Gator Park
Lindsey Park is located on Spur 364 West. This popular park features a softball complex, soccer fields, basketball courts, playground, picnic area, pavilions, restrooms, and disc golf course.
Park Website: Lindsey Park
Rose Rudman Park
The Rose Rudman Recreational Trail is a beautiful setting for jogging, walking, biking and roller-blading. You can also bring the family and picnic under our tall shade trees, or relax with a good book.
Follow the trail south of Shiloh Road and it will lead you to Tyler’s Southside Park, which is a great place for children to play.
Park Website: Rose Rudman Park
This 82 acre Nature Center was developed from a former game bird hatchery into an ecological education center. A visitor’s center, indoor and outdoor classrooms, wetlands, grasslands and ponds provides a natural setting for area birds and animals.
The facility and surrounding lands are available for use by instructors or other outdoor enthusiasts. The Nature Center grounds hosts a year round schedule of native plants and inhabitants for visitors to enjoy.
Park Website: Nature Center
This park centrally located off Broadway Avenue and College Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. This neighborhood park offers picnic areas, restrooms, tennis courts, playground, an amphitheater, and “Splasher” the Dolphin Fountain sprayground.
Park Website: Bergfeld Park
Martin Creek Lake State Park
Just 20 miles southeast of Longview you’ll find a peaceful place in the East Texas woods: Martin Creek Lake State Park. Fish for bass or catfish, walk the trails, or sit quietly and watch a sunset over the lake.
Park Website: Martin Creek Lake State Park
The Children’s Park of Tyler
The Children’s Park celebrates the art of natural play. It includes life size bronze statues of children, life-size solid granite bears, a children’s story circle, two waterfalls gently flowing into a fish pond, a beautiful butterfly garden, critters for children to climb on & Alison’s House, a small event center.
Cobblestone walkways wind through the park with benches along the way and children’s names engraved along the edges.
Park Website: The Children’s Park of Tyler
East Texas Arboretum
The Arboretum is a beautiful oasis. So go and experience the unique beauty, learn about the ecological importance of America’s native flora and enjoy two miles of naturalistic hiking trails, live (enclosed) honeybees and our Historic Wofford House Museum.
The Arboretum is dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment and the creation of formal and informal plant collections arranged in formal and informal gardens and a native plant area with nature trails.
Park Website: East Texas Arboretum
Caddo Lake State Park
Bald cypress trees draped with Spanish moss tower over the maze of bayous, sloughs and ponds of Caddo Lake. Paddle these waterways, stay in a historic cabin, or try your luck fishing. Discover an East Texas treasure!
Park Website: Caddo Lake State Park
Daingerfield State Park
Tall trees reach for the sky in the northeast corner of Texas. Explore life in the forest at Daingerfield State Park as you wander the trails, paddle Little Pine Lake, or relax at your campsite.
Park Website: Daingerfield State Park
Atlanta State Park
This park sits on the shores of Wright Patman Lake in the far northeast corner of Texas. Towering pines and hardwoods shade the park, providing fall and spring color, and beauty year-round.
Park Website: Atlanta State Park