TYLER, TX (KLTV) - For 60 years, Tyler has welcomed thousands of visitors from all over Texas and the country to the historic Azalea and Spring Flower Trail.
One duo from out of town heard about the beauty the Azalea Trails offered and had to see for themselves.
“I heard about [the trails] from a coworker who is coming out next week,” said Lorrie, who was visiting from Austin. “So I had to run out and get here before her.”
Other visitors compared the bursts of springtime color concentrated in the historic downtown district to other similar arrays overseas.
“The Azalea Trail is absolutely one of the greatest experiences and most beautiful things you can come to in East Texas,” said Shirley Applewhite, Mineola resident. “We have friends who have come in from Georgetown to view and to see it. It’s absolutely beautiful; marvelous.
“It really reminded me of the beauty of England. In fact, we had camellia trees that were 21 ft. high in our property in [Mineola]. It was the closest things I could have to living in England,” Applewhite reminisced.
Featured along the trails are about 950 homes built in the early 1900s, including large mansion-like homes built when the oil boom took place in the 1930s.
“I don’t think we have to die to go to Heaven, we’re in Heaven," said one couple from Crockett. “I tell everyone I know, if you ever want piece of mind, just come here. It’ll take you away, it’ll just take you away,"
The Azalea and Spring Flower Trail will be open until April 7. Guests can drive through the trail or ride the official Azalea Trail shuttle for $10. Rides are offered Friday to Sunday and last for about an hour.
For more information on the Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, please visit the City of Tyler’s website.