Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park in the Piney Woods of East Texas offers the best of Texas orienteering.  The popular park features lots of shaded trails, some of which are brand new while others were built by the CCC way back in the 1930’s.  A small lake with a swimming beach is situated in the middle of the park and offers the chance to take a refreshing dip after the event.  Most of the park is covered by very open and runnable pine and oak forest.  However, the terrain is complicated with lots of hills and valleys carved by small spring-fed streams.  But stay focused!  This is one venue where it is easy to be distracted by the beauty of the surroundings and lose track of your route.

General info

Event Officials

Meet Director: Andrea George ……. Meet Director notes to come
Course Setter: Stan Darnell……. Course Setter notes to ome
Assisting School: TBD
E-Punch Coordinator: TBD

Courses:

We’ll be offering the following courses:
White: Easiest
Yellow: Experienced beginners
Orange: Intermediate
Brown: Short advanced
Green: Medium-length advanced
Red: Long advanced

See a detailed description of each class.

Classes:

Unless stated otherwise, we’ll offer the full slate of NTOA classes. Classes are determined by age bracket for competitive individuals and +/- age 19 for Recreational (two or more people) teams. 

See a listing of all the NTOA classes. (PDF)

Scoring: Manual punchcards will be used to score the White and Yellow courses. E-punch will be used to score the Orange, Brown, Green and Red courses.

Schedule

Please be sure to check the NTOA Facebook Page or Group for last-minute schedule changes. We hold events rain or shine, but we have unfortunately had to cancel events due to high water in the recent past.

Time Activity
9:00 - 10:30 am
Registration opens
9:00 - 9:30 am
Boy Scout Merit Badge briefing
9:30 - 9:45 am
Beginner's Clinic: Open to all!
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Orienteers start out on each course in one-minute intervals
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
White and Yellow course punchcards are scored and results for all courses calculated as orienteers finish
2:00 pm
Courses close; Awards ceremony
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Control pick-up: Volunteer and get a little extra practice

Event fees

Individuals (1 person navigating on their own):
Only individuals can officially compete (awards for top 3 in each class) at NTOA events. But even if you’re doing it on your own just for recreation, please sign up as a (competitive) individual. Members and youth (aka, Juniors, age 19 and under) pay reduced event fees. There’s a $3 surcharge for adult day-of-race entries. So join NTOA and pre-register! Fee covers 1 map.

Competitor type Cost
Juniors (age 19 and under)
$10
NTOA (and other O clubs) members
$15
Non-member
$20
E-punch rental (Orange, Brown, Green, Red courses)
$3
Day-of-race surcharge
$3

Recreational Teams (2 or more people navigating together):

We love teams — orienteering is a great family activity! Teams aren’t eligible for awards, just the fun. Base fee covers the first 2 team members and 2 maps. Add people for $5 each. Kids under age 8 are free (after first 2 team members paid).

Team type Cost
All teams (first 2 people)
$17
Extra person (over age 8) - includes map
$5

Registration

Online pre-registration is highly encouraged! We use the pre-registration numbers to determine how many pre-printed maps to produce for each event. In particular, group leaders, please pre-register or drop the Registrar an email to talk about your  group’s size. We do print a modest number of extra maps, and day-of-race registration is permitted. But there’s no guarantee you’ll have a map. Pre-registration is FREE and opens about 10 days before each event. so please take a moment to do it. Thanks!

Questions about registration? Contact the NTOA Registrar. For questions on other event matters, contact the Meet Director (listed above).

Competitive individual

Large group

Recreational team

Enter 1 competitive individual at a time.

Enter 1-20 competitive individuals from the same group (e.g., school, club, Scout group, JROTC unit).

Enter 1 recreational team (min. 2 people; max 5 people).

See who’s registered:
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View by class

Registration for this event isn’t open yet! Try back about 10 days before the event. Thanks!

Directions

From central Dallas To Tyler State Park:

  • From Dallas take US-80 east approximately 20 miles until it merges with I-20.
  • Continue east on I-20 for 62 miles.
  • Take exit 562 for FTM 14.
  • Turn left (north) on FTM 14.
  • Go 2 miles to the flashing traffic light and turn left on Park Road 14.
  • Stop at the park entrance station and pay the state park entrance fee, then proceed into the park.
  • Continue straight past where the park loop road intersects from the left and proceed to the large parking area (on the left) near the boathouse and store.
  • From here o-signs will direct you from the parking area to NTOA  headquarters in the pavilion.
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