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While on vacation visiting Yellowstone National Park this summer, one thing I noticed is that Jackson, Wyoming has a lot of walking and biking trails, something we don't see a lot of here in East Texas. Towns in that area seemed to all be connected not only by roads but by walking and bike paths too.

Many East Texas cities, including Tyler and Longview, are beginning to expand their walking and biking trails throughout the city. In 2019 Tyler completed the new Legacy Trail. With a trailhead in Gresham and running parallel to Old Jacksonville Hwy. to Three Lakes Pkwy., the city has plans for this trail to eventually link up to Rose Rudman Recreational Trail in phase 2. Longview has similar plans in the works to expand its trail system.

Now that fall is here and it seems as if the fall weather is here to stay, many East Texans are getting out and enjoying and taking a walk or bike ride. A Colorado transplant new to Tyler asked the question on social media for trail recommendations because they missed going on hikes.

While East Texas can't give this person the elevation, scenery, climate, and trail difficulty that they're accustomed to while on a hike in Colorado or what I experienced in Jackson, WY this past summer, East Texans were eager to give this person some great suggestions for walking trails around the area and some nature hiking trails in state parks.

Be prepared before going on that hike or walk

Before you head out on any walk or hike, whether it is in the city or in a state park setting, it's a good idea to check the current trail conditions, park hours, and any permits or fees that may be required. Also, be prepared with appropriate gear, water, and clothing for the season and terrain you'll be hiking in. Be sure to take your cell phone just in case you need to make an emergency call.

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