Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tyler State Park: October 2012

We recently spent 3 nights at Tyler State Park (October 15 - 18). It was just about a perfect time to be there. We arrived on a Monday and left on Thursday, so we avoided the weekend hordes that descend on the park this time of year. One of the great advantages of retirement is visiting places when everyone else is either in school or working.

We visited this park for a few days last spring when the dogwoods were first appearing. It was nice to be here in autumn for a different look. We were too early for real fall color in this part of the state, but the temps were perfect. Below is a link to my previous report on this park.

We were able to get the same spot this trip that we previously had, site 54 in the Big Pine Camping area (see map). This camping area is restricted to recreational vehicles, no tents. While we were there, probably only 6 to 8 sites were occupied. The nights were quiet and dark. Firewood was available near the restroom; cost is 3 logs for $1 with proceeds going to the park. There has been quite a bit of clearing lately, so there was an ample supply of firewood available. You can also purchase firewood from the store across from the entrance to the park, but you will pay considerably more. I'd rather give my money to the park. By the way, the Pilot gas station at the Interstate has some of the lowest priced gas around.

Big Pine Campground. Some trees have been cleared, but I don't know why.
Donna enjoying a late afternoon fire

We were busy with personal business during our stay there, so we didn't do any of our usual park activities, such as hiking. However, we did enjoy a good fire each night. The first night, 2 racoons approached our camp. Last year, we watched as a couple of coons raided our neighbor's campsite. Squirrels were also numerous, and various birds, including cranes and ducks, visited the lake.

The lake at Tyler State Park
This is really a good park, and it is well-known among mountain bikers for its bike trails. Cyclists from all over visit the park, especially on weekends and Spring Break, to ride the trails. As a result, if you enjoy hiking, visit the park during other times, like during the week. There are at least 3 fishing piers if you're an angler. A variety of camping is available, including tent camping and shelters in addition to RV camping. There is also a very good group camping area.

Perhaps when the colors of fall are richer, Donna and I will return to the park for a short visit.

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