I visited Lake Mineral Wells State Park recently here in Mineral Wells, Texas and it did not disappoint! What a great state park and an interesting little town steeped in rich Texas history.
Where is Lake Mineral Wells State Park?
Located west of Fort Worth it’s just a 35 mile drive away from the hustle of city life. With its origins as a spa resort in the early 1800’s the town has transformed over the years but the quiet small town feel remains.
The biggest hotel in the city, Baker Hotel (originally built in 1929) is actually undergoing a major renovation as well as the downtown area to destination town once again.
- Park Map | PDF
- Park Trails Map | PDF
- Trailway Map | PDF
- Rock Climbing Route Map | PDF
- Interpretive Guide | PDF
I arrived at the Lake Mineral Wells State Park in the afternoon after booking my campsite on the Texas State Park app available for both Android and IOS. It was a simple and straightforward process that even a tech illiterate person such as myself made it through quickly.
I booked the shelter which is set up for 4 people for just $36. I brought my blow up deluxe mattress along for the night, and a sleeping bag as the temps were going to be in the lower 40s as Texas headed into the fall.
I selected a site based off of previous camper’s reviews on google, something I always like to look at before settling on a site. Lucky for me site number 5 was available so I scooped it up. Upon my arrival to Lake Mineral Wells State Park I was issued a key to the shelter cabin. I thought that was a nice touch as safety in always in my mind when planning my trips.
Nestled among the trees was my shelter cabin with a fire pit outside with a cooking grate as well. Inside was electrical outlets and slatted screened windows in the front of the cabin and to the side was solid wood.
A concrete floor and a scenic view of Lake Mineral Wells was all this guy needed for a relaxing night. I was staying by myself this evening as I could not round up the family this time.
I settled all my gear just bringing basic supplies to make my campsite comfortable such as pillow and some cooking items.
I also packed bug spray as we were still in the throes of mesquite season in Texas .I planned on a big breakfast for the morning and wanted to check out the local dining scene for dinner. For a list of items I always have with me check out my previous blog post on what I bring.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park is a 640 acre lake and has park trails ranging from easy to challenging, from lakeside to scenic Cross Timbers trails. Or set out on the 20-mile Trail way, with its flat grades and gentle curves. The Trail way and most of the park trails are open to hikers, bikers and horseback.
There were a few boats out in the lake certainly on the lookout for the large mouth bass, which the lake has plenty of. There is no permit needed while fishing at the state park either. There are harvest regulations, all the info available at the Texas Parks and Wildlife site.
For the adventurer type make sure to check out Penitentiary Hollow. It is one of the few natural rock-climbing venues in North Texas. According to the folks over at Mountain Project , most of the area is top-roping and rappelling only, but more recently a few sport bolted sports routes have been established.
The area is closed when wet. The walls range from 20 to 40 feet and are mostly face climbs with a few tough classics and plenty of easy to moderate routes. Most routes are in the 5.6 – 5.9 range but there are plenty of 10s and 11s too.
Where is there to eat around Lake Mineral Wells State Park?
I had under good authority that the place I wanted to try for dinner was Woody’s a local bar burger joint that the locals rave about and then out of town era make a drive too. Being a burger lover myself I headed out of the park and found Woody’s about 2 miles up the road off US – 180.
I settled on the double bacon cheeseburger and after what seemed like seconds I was diving into one the juiciest burgers I’d ever had.
Full of flavor and perfect distribution of condiments on the burger it was certainly one of the highlights of the trip. I recommend stopping by here if burgers are your thing. Trust me you won’t be disappointed!
Is Lake Mineral Wells State Park a Great Getaway?
I say yes! If some peaceful time away from the city is what you are looking for, this park offers the tranquility and a beautiful lake. With plenty of water available you can kayak , fish or if warm enough take a swim.
For those passing through this makes a great spot to rest your head and is close enough to the DFW area to take short trips throughout your stay. So point your compass towards Lake Mineral Wells State Park and enjoy this awesome state park soon.