Rich in a historical area of Texas near Fort Worth, Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway offers visitors a number of outdoor amenities for all your recreation wants. From rock climbing to camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, geocaching, boating, and more, Lake Mineral Wells State Park has it all!
The 640-acre lake has no lifeguards on duty, so all swimming is at own risk. The park offers flat-bottomed boats with trolling motors for rental, as well as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and rowboats. The park prohibits water skiing, tubing, or jet skis on the lake. Visitors may fish for catfish, crappie, sunfish, and largemouth bass from one of six piers around the lake. No fishing permit is required in this park.
Penitentiary Hollow is a natural rock climbing spot in the park, one of few in Northern Texas. Climbers and rappellers must check-in at park headquarters, and may not climb when rocks are wet. The park is open daily from 6 AM to 10 PM, and admission costs $7 for adults, but children 12 and under are free. Reservations may be made in advance by calling the park office or through the park’s website.
If you go hiking with your dog, always come prepared with plenty of water for you and your pet. Also, use caution by notifying someone else where you’re going and when you expect to return. Always be sure your dog is kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. Also, do not allow your dog to dig, disturb wildlife, or become a nuisance to any of the other park visitors. In Texas, pets are not allowed inside any of the buildings.
If you are in Northern Texas near Fort Worth, Lake Mineral Wells State Park is a great place to camp, have fun on the lake, or just relax. Bring your family, dogs, and horse and go for a scenic hike or ride.