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Lake Mineral Wells State Park Mineral Wells

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Lake Mineral Wells State Park
100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells
TX
76067
Tel: 940 328 1171

Directions

Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway is located 4 miles east of Mineral Wells on US Highway 180 or 14 miles west of Weatherford on US Highway 180.

Where are we going today?

Who is ready to get out into the heart of cattle country, and visit a beautiful state park in Texas? You are? Great!

Let's head to Lake Mineral Wells State Park then. There is a fascinating history to the area, as well as great outdoor adventure to be had, so there is plenty of do on your family day out!

Only 45 minutes from Fort Worth, it doesn't take long to get out of the city and into beautiful nature - and if you are an outdoor loving family, there is certainly enough to keep you entertained!

For those who prefer the land, why not bring a bike down and take to the many trails (or those walking shoes are just as perfect if you want to go at a slower pace!) In fact, there are nearly 13 miles of park trails,, and 20 miles or Trailway which has a flatter grade.

If you have horses, there is plenty of space to enjoy some riding time, or kids can challenge themselves and try their hand at geocaching!

Kids who REALLY have a love for the outdoors, there is rock climbing to try out! It's such a great way for kids to build their strength and improve their fitness, and it's an incredible feeling when they realize they have actually made it to the top!

For those who love the water, Lake Mineral Wells State Park is perfect for you too! There is a 640 acre lake with a boat ramp, where you can bring your own boat or just rent one at the park. These include kayaks and canoes too. 

Fishing is a popular activity too at the park, with crappie, sunfish and catfish all calling the waters home. You don't need a license, and they loan rods and reels so you are sorted!

Nature really is calling at the Lake Mineral Wells State Park!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7
  • Children$7
  • Free Under: 12 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

6am - 10pm daily.

All year round

Teachers corner

The ranger programs are great for kids, as these including topics from cowboy history to astronomy! They have great events, and you can call to arrange a nature program for your group.

Any Top Tips?

The busy period is mid-march to mid-November, and the wettest months are April and May.

Doing our bit

This protected area of land is great to educate visitors on the importance of looking after the environment, and really teaching them about nature and the creates that call it home.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the accessibility of the park and trails. .

More information

The wildlife in the park include white-tailed deer, raccoon, squirrel and songbirds!.

What people are saying?

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    I primitive camped there at camp site A. NO ONE was there at the other primitive sites. It was amazing. Far enough away from hearing any cars or planes. The trek there was a bit challenging at first but then became easier as the hike went on. About a 3 - 3.5 hike in. Plenty of trails to keep you occupied. A great place to either tent or hammock camp. Watch out for snakes in the back woods. The trails were very narrow and beautiful. I saw 3 bucks and 2 doe on the way out in the morning. A lot to take in and seeing all of the stars was...Read More

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    I grew up going to this park and remember it being awesome! Went this weekend and was extremely disappointed! We stayed at campsite (w/o electricity) #2 and first of all, the layout of the site was very strange. The fire ring was in a very weird area and the tent space was on the complete other side of the site, on the other side of where you park your car, not at all close to the fire ring or picnic table. Also, the spaces are very close together and there are very few trees for privacy, so anyone walking/driving by, or even camping near you, can...Read More

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    Park is gorgeous for casual poking around. Some nooks, crannies, and boulders in Penitentiary Hollow for kiddos to discover, some sweet climbs for varying levels of rock climbers. Most anchors are way easy access and clear of debris.

    All the park staff are pretty nice with exception of one guy who makes the checking in process a super negative affair (this is from several visits experience). A friend wanted me to add that the same guy accidentally didn't give her back thirteen dollars worth of change when she took a university group out there....Read More

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    Great time fishing and camping with the family... just bungee cord your coolers shut because the raccoons will open them and grab your food. Otherwise, great time!

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    Okay But don't Fish in the Winter.

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by Steve S

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I primitive camped there at camp site A. NO ONE was there at the other primitive sites. It was amazing. Far enough away from hearing any cars or planes. The trek there was a bit challenging at first but then became easier as the hike went on. About a 3 - 3.5 hike in. Plenty of trails to keep you occupied. A great place to either tent or hammock camp. Watch out for snakes in the back woods. The trails were very narrow and beautiful. I saw 3 bucks and 2 doe on the way out in the morning. A lot to take in and seeing all of the stars was priceless.

by Tiffany Bumpas

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I grew up going to this park and remember it being awesome! Went this weekend and was extremely disappointed! We stayed at campsite (w/o electricity) #2 and first of all, the layout of the site was very strange. The fire ring was in a very weird area and the tent space was on the complete other side of the site, on the other side of where you park your car, not at all close to the fire ring or picnic table. Also, the spaces are very close together and there are very few trees for privacy, so anyone walking/driving by, or even camping near you, can see and hear everything you're doing. You have to take one main road to get to all of the campsites (100+), which just happened to be directly by our site, so there was A LOT of car traffic all day long. The park staff drives by A LOT (at least once an hour once the sun goes down) and are extremely rude. One of the things I was most looking forward to doing, that I loved as a kid, was free climbing on the rocks down in Penitentiary Hollow, but once we got there we found out that now they only allow people who have harnesses and ropes and have signed a waiver. VERY upsetting! Lastly, we bought two sodas from the park store and both tasted awful! Turned out that they were both 2+ years old. Definitely WON'T be going back!

by Sarah Barmore Byrd

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Park is gorgeous for casual poking around. Some nooks, crannies, and boulders in Penitentiary Hollow for kiddos to discover, some sweet climbs for varying levels of rock climbers. Most anchors are way easy access and clear of debris.

All the park staff are pretty nice with exception of one guy who makes the checking in process a super negative affair (this is from several visits experience). A friend wanted me to add that the same guy accidentally didn't give her back thirteen dollars worth of change when she took a university group out there. She found out two days later when writing a report up for the event. She called back asking how to get it corrected. The guy refused any reasonable action to correct the mistake.

So sweet park, just avoid the grumpy, not-customer-friendly, mr. negative male park staff member.

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