The 10-mile long annual Tyler Azalea Trail guides visitors through neighborhoods of quaint brick streets, historic homes, and residential gardens filled with blooming azaleas, dogwoods and tulips. https://www.tylertexasonline.com/tyler-texas-azalea-trail.htm
Time: 9:00 a.m. meet at the First Presbyterian Church, near the corner of Dobbs and South Broadway in Tyler. Carpooling instructions will be issued closer to departure date.
Tickets: Not needed to drive either of the two trails and to walk through the grounds of the home at 212 W. Dobbs. Other homes on the trail are to be photographed from the street or sidewalk.
Azaleas were introduced in Tyler in 1929. Some of the thick towering azaleas were planted in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The first Azalea Trail was held in 1960 and the annual Azalea Trail now attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. There is no charge.
The Azalea Trail is a driving and walking tour and wandering in/out of the primary garden is allowed. (Much of what is seen that is not on the tour is in private yards throughout Tyler.)
For those who prefer a shuttle for viewing the gardens, a shuttle service is available from 9am – 4pm. Those tours last about 45 minutes and leave on the hour. (For shuttle information and rates, call 903-330-8262.)