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Azalea Trail, Tyler, Texas
Enchanting Azalea Trail A Big Event in Tyler, Texas
by Sam Fenstermacher
The 50th Annual Tyler Texas Azalea Trail starts March 20 and runs until April 5, 2009. There are marked Trails featuring beautiful yards groomed to perfection just for this event. Plenty of scheduled events compliment the Azalea Trail. Tyler also has some solid year round attractions. For example, the Municipal Rose Garden, the Caldwell Zoo, and Tyler State Park.
The homeowners in the neighborhoods along the Azalea Trail make this event the success it is. They spend countless hours making sure their yards are absolutely gorgeous, just in time for the annual Azalea Trail.
Young ladies attired in Antebellum Period clothing during the annual Azalea Trail in Tyler, Texas
Two Trails, the Dobbs and Lindsey Trails, both start at the intersections of South Broadway and Houston Streets just south of the Smith County Courthouse. These trails soon split and meander through beautiful old residential neighborhoods south of downtown. The trails are easy to find because there are signs for them on Broadway Avenue.
This is a good time to visit Tyler Texas. The Azalea Trail is charming. The Municipal Rose Garden is also beautiful this time of the year. If you take a short ride up to Tyler State Park, you might see a good example of beautiful East Texas wildflowers. Don't forget the sunscreen, and enjoy yourself.
View a detailed Azalea Trail tour map.
Azaleas were introduced to Tyler Texas in 1929 by Maurice Shamburger. who shipped the colorful plants to Tyler, by the boxcar load, from Georgia. By 1960, blooming Azaleas were attracting much attention, and the first marked Azalea Trail was established by the Chamber of Commerce.
The first trail featured about 60 homes. The Azalea Trail in Tyler was an instant success. Within two years it had expanded to 75 homes and was attracting 15,000 visitors. In 1964, 25,000 people came to see the Azaleas. And in 2004 the Azalea Trail stretched eight miles and attracted over 100,000 visitors.