If you’re ever passing through the Lone Star state, don’t miss this Texan favorite. Lake Mineral Wells is located in–surprise–Mineral Wells, Texas, just west of Fort Worth. The park is described as not only gorgeous and scenic, but also great for the whole family, too.
The biggest attraction to this park, besides the lake from which its namesake comes, is that the space here is perfect for camping and extended hikes. The lake provides visitors a refreshing opportunity to cool off, as swimming is one of the most popular recreational activities here. Fishermen and women will be rewarded with an abundance of crawfish and bass, another reason this destination is a local favorite. On top of that, Penitentiary Hollow in the park is one of the few places in Northern Texas where one can try their hand at climbing natural rock formations.
Visitors at Lake Mineral Wells also have a variety of picturesque trails to choose from. Trails here are known to be so scenic you’ll have to fight the urge to stop for a photo op every few moments. It’s easy to imagine why, too! Just picture yourself following one of the trails that leads down to the lake: to your left you see a turtle happily sunbathing on a boulder, while wild deer and scavenging squirrels look for something to munch on to your right.
In total there are over 31 miles of trails you can hike or bike on, and 25 of those allow you to explore on horseback. If you do bring your horse with you, equestrian campsites are available at the same rate as primitive campsites, $14 per person per day. These campsites are first come, first serve however, so you may want to come prepared if you’re planning a weekend trip. However other campsites, including ones with water and electricity hookups, start at $26 and accept reservations.
Screened shelters and group accommodations are also offered here, but visitors should also be aware that an entrance fee of $7 per adult per day applies to all types of accommodations in the park.
We haven’t camped yet, but we’ve kayaked and picnics there. We live it. We’ll be back to camp soon.
We LOVE MW State Park! The lake is awesome and great for fishing and kayaking. We stayed at the Post Oak Campground over Valentine's Weekend 2019. The campsites are really nice and include water, fire ring, picnic table, grill, parking for 2 vehicles, lots of trees. Campsites on the south side of the loop back up to the lake. There is a bathroom (no showers) at one end. Showers are available at other campgrounds within the park. We tucked our tent into the trees and had a very nice time. The first night, we did hear coyotes chattering super close to our tent. There are many trails to hike and several to ride bikes or horses on. Staff at the park are great! The only negative: The Boy Scouts love this campground! Late into our first night, 4 Boy Scout troops rolled in. We were awakened the next morning to lots of kids yelling and 1 even playing a bugle. By the end of the weekend, we knew all the kids names just from hearing them yell to each other.
Pretty lake, clean sites, and awesome rock formations
Good sites and great rock climbing!
this is a real nice park. i hung my hammock right over a bluff fir a spectacular view. nice hiking.
Three day shake down run for jeep and some equipment. 89 degrees/ no wind /mostly sunny/plenty of deer/
This is the closest place to us to go hiking. We absolutely love it here. Everything you could want is at your fingertips. We love the penitentiary hollow trail and the trail that leads to the backpacking camp sites. Both trails are fun hiking. It doesn’t feel like Texas at this park. So beautiful. My husband loves to climb and there are many opportunities to do different types of climbing here. You can repel or boulder at the Penitentiary Hollow trail. There are trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, and regular hiking trails. We hike here all year long and we have camped many weekends here as well.
Very unique rock climbing area. Fun to watch the climbers go up and down. Kayaking on the lake with a little creek to paddle up at the far back left side. Backcountry trails are very open to the sun.
The rock climbing is so fun to watch! Really unique rocks for Texas. Worth going to this park just to check that out, but then the kayaking is top notch too. I didn't find it, but apparently there's a little creek you can paddle up off the far left side of the lake. I wasn't a huge fan of the trails in the back section. Very open to the sun.