I'm from Texas, and I've never thought, "Let's go to Mineral Wells!". My daughter who lives in Ft. Worth suggested we go the Lake Mineral Wells State Park for a weekend camping get away. We wanted to spend the weekend hiking and hanging out at our campsite. This was the perfect combination.
We stayed on the Live Oak campground loop which has 30/50 amp/water. We were lucky to snag the very last spot for the weekend. Our site was right on the lake on a little 20 foot bluff that was perfect for watching the sunrise and drinking coffee each morning. We spend our only full day hiking. We visited the rock climbing area and also hiked to the primitive camping area. The weather was perfect, blue bird skies and breezy mid-60's.
We felt very safe at this park. The close the gate at 10 pm and you must have a code to enter after that. The park host is also a ranger. He and his wife were directly across from our site. The whole park seems to be heavily patrolled. Always a good feeling. I would recommend camping here!
Water included, site 11 was nearest the restrooms. A bit close to neighbors but only by 20-30 yards. Fishing pier is just a short walk towards the water. Trails are nice but a tad too easy, if looking for a more challenging hike stick to the purple trail. Great beginner level climbing in Penitentiary Hollow MUST HAVE 15-20 FOOT SLINGS ANCHORS ARE MILES APART!!! REI may not even have anything to accommodate
For proximity to DFW it’s pretty good. Facilities are really nice. You still feel the closeness of the city, but’s it’s on the edge and nice. There’s really only a couple views, but a nice lake and again, the facilities are some of the nicest camping bathrooms I’ve ever scene. Would run out of things to do if you stayed more than a couple nights though.
We always prefer to stay at the shelter sites because of the proximity to the lake. We were able to launch our paddleboards from our site (site #5) Don‘t expect any privacy as the sites are very close together. The shelter has electricity and water, a pic nic table and a fire ring. There are some nice hiking trails and if you enjoy rappelling you can do that too!