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The Best Hiking Trails in East Texas

Jellystone Park™ Tyler is located in the beautiful East Texas and offers a variety of hiking trails for all levels of expertise. Whether you're staying at our Camp-Resort for a week or weekend, or just passing through East Texas, we recommend checking out one of the many hiking trails this area has to offer. Keep reading for beginner, advanced, and expert hiking trails in East Texas to find one that's perfect for you!

The lakeshore trail offers stunning views.

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Lakeshore Trail: Beginner - 2.1 Miles

Located at Tyler State Park, only 10 minutes from our Camp-Resort is Lakeshore Trail. This path is relatively flat with spots to picnic, fish, or just relax. It is perfect for beginners and will only take about 1.5 hours to complete! Plus, this trail does a loop around the lake.

One of the waterfalls at Whispering Pine Trail.

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Whispering Pines Trail: Advanced - 1 Mile

Also located at Tyler State Park is the Whispering Pines Trail. This path is a little more rigorous than the Lakeshore Trail and was developed over 70 years ago and includes many pine trees, a wading pool, and a small waterfall. This trail may only be a mile but will take about 1.5 hours to complete. 

Creekside Trail offers an easier path for hikers.

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Creekside Trail: Advanced - 3.5 Miles

Creekside Trail opened up in 2018 and is considered the first leg of Kilgore Trails System. Located only 30 minutes from our Piney Woods campground, this East Texas hiking trail is 3.5 miles of winding paths that accommodates for walkers, runners, and bikers through the beautiful woods. Plus, there is also a dog park on the path!

Hikers at Windsor Grove Nature in East Texas.

Windsor Grove Nature Park: Beginner - .25 Miles

There are some great East Texas hiking trails, and one to note for beginners is the path located at Windsor Grove Nature Park, only 25 minutes from our Camp-Resort. This short 0.25 hiking or biking trail is perfect for those wanting to test their hiking abilities and also relax in their picnic area. 

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Trail Between the Lakes: Expert - 27 Miles

This one is for the expert hikers! The Trail Between the Lakes is an East Texas trail located about 2.5 hours from our park at the Sabine National Forest. It is considered a challenging route and can take up to 9 hours to complete. The trail is open year round and is great for backpacking and camping. Plus, it is also pet-friendly!

Caddo Forest offers great views and just a hiking path.

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Caddo Forest Trail: Advanced - .7 Miles

The Caddo Forest Trail is located about an hour from our Camp-Resort at the Caddo Lake State Park. This East Texas trail is considerate and advanced level as hikers can experience the historical and natural world of Caddo Lake State Park. It takes about an hour to complete and has 2 sections of steps.

Path steps in the trail at Angelina National Forest.

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Stephen F. Austin Interpretive Trail: Beginner - 1.5 Miles

Only 1.5 hours away is the Angelina National Forest where the Stephen F. Austin Interpretive Trail is located. This loop is meant for beginners and takes about 30 minutes to complete. As fas as trails in East Texas go, this one is one to do - you will be able to witness around 150 species of birds and 80 species of butterflies.

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Rowlett Nature Trail: Beginner - 2.7 Miles

Another great East Texas trail for beginners is the Rowlett Nature Trail. Close to Dallas, and about 1.5 hours from our Camp-Resort, this path takes an average of an hour to complete. The route also provides great shaded area in the warmer months and is mostly flat, making it great for the entire family. 

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Wolfpen Hike and Bike Green and Blue Trail: Advanced - 4.4 Miles

Only an hour from our Camp-Resort is the Wolfpen Hike and Bike Green and Blue Trail. This 4.4 mile East Texas loop takes about 1.25 hours to complete and is a popular trail for hiking, running, and walking. Dogs are also welcome but must be on a leash. 

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Spring Creek Nature Area Trail: Beginner - 1.9 Miles

If you are looking for a trail closer to the Dallas area, this is perfect. The Spring Creek Nature Area Trail is a 1.9 mile loop that is considered easy and takes about 30 minutes to complete. This East Texas trail is about 1.5 hours from our Camp-Resort and is open year round!


What are you waiting for?! It's time to explore one, multiple, or all of these East Texas hiking trails to top off your family getaway. Don't forget to bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and snacks!