Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway, located at 100 Park Road 71 in Mineral Wells, Texas, is a great place to get away from it all, especially if you live in Dallas/Fort Worth.
The park offers many activities, such as a small sandy beach and a swimming area (there is no lifeguard present) and boat rentals. But probably one of the greatest attractions is the rock climbing. When we visited Lake Mineral Wells State Park, there was a group of young rock climbers taking advantage of the area. The rock cliffs are both challenging and beautiful, and even though we were not there to climb, we got in a good hike across the rocky terrain. I personally found Lake Mineral Wells State park far more attractive and interesting than many of the other State Parks I have visited.
One particular point of interest which isn’t advertised is a stone hearth with two natural stone picnic tables. This would be a great place to cook and eat out in the open in the park.
The lake itself is scenic and beautiful. The park offers several kinds of boat for rental, including pedal boats, rowboats with or without motors, canoes and kayaks. For the safety of lake-goers, skiing, jet skis and tubing are not permitted. We rented a pedal boat one day and all four of us went out together. Pedal boat rental rates are $15 for the first hour, and $10 for each additional hour. The pedal boats have shades and drink holders so you can stay cool, but be sure to bring along an old towel, because water tends to accumulated in the boats.
There is also equestrian camping and horseback riding in the park, but you must provide your own horse.
The Lone Star Amphitheater is a great place to hold storytelling and talks, as well as nature and interpretive programs.
They also have a small park store which offers groceries, ice, firewood, T-shirts, fishing and camping supplies, and souvenirs.
Park facilities include natural stone restrooms with showers, picnic sites, campsites with water and electric, screened-in shelters, backpack campsites, a boat ramp, and miles of trails, some of which are available for equestrian use.
There is a $5 entrance fee per person over the age of 13, which is waived if you have a yearly park pass. Camping fees range between $10 and $30 per night depending on the accommodations, and are in addition to the day use fee.
Nearby attractions include Possum Kingdom State Park, Possum Kingdom Lake, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Cleburne State Park, and Clark Gardens. Lake Whitney State Park is about a two hour drive away.
Uncredited, “Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway.” Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. URL: (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_mineral_wells/)