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The park has a main 12-mile, multi-use trail for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain bicycling. The terrain is rolling hills and native grasslands, with moderate to heavy tree cover.

Within the Lake Mineral Wells State Park there are a total of 16.5 miles of trails.

The park has a main 12-mile, multi-use trail for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain bicycling. The terrain is rolling hills and native grasslands, with moderate to heavy tree cover. The trailhead camping area has 20 paved, pull-through campsites that include tethering poles, water, picnic tables, and fire rings. The area is served by a restroom with showers. Each site has a combined occupancy limit of 8, including horses and people; advance reservations are recommended. The trailhead camping area is shared by all trail users. If arrival will be after 10 p.m., call the park headquarters prior to 5 p.m. for late arrival information. Parking, water, and restrooms are available for day use trail activities. Visitors must provide their own horses. There is an aditional Lake trail which is 5 miles in length and also a 2.5 mile hike/backpacking trail.

Bikes and horses are not allowed on the backpacking trail. Backpack campsites do not allow ground fires and have no sanitary facilities or water.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park is located in the Western Cross - Timbers of Texas, which supports such plant life as: Post Oak, Live Oak, Blackjack Oak, Box Elder, Sumac, Ash Juniper, Mesquite, Pecan, Walnut, Mulberry, Texas Ash, Wild Plum, Willow, Cedar Elm, American Elm, Hackberry, Milkweed, Engelmann Daisy, Sunflower, Coreopsis, Indian Blanket, Mexican Hat, Golden Rod, Spiderwort, Morning-glory, Bluebonnet, Wild Onion, Yucca, Prickly Poppy, Standing Cypress, Indian Paintbrush, Prickly Pear, Horsecrippler cactus, Lace Cactus, Maiden Hair Fern. The Park has a wonderful wildflower display. The peak blooming time is usually from mid April to mid May. The park & trailway feature wildflowers typical to the Western Cross-timbers Vegetation Zone of Texas.

Wildlife observation includes white-tailed deer, turkey, raccoons, waterfowl, squirrels, and a variety of songbirds. Popular fish include bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill and sunfish.

Directions: From Mineral Wells, TX, Travel 4 miles east on US Highway 180 or 14 miles west of Weatherford on US Highway 180

Elevation: 718 feet

Distance: 2.5 miles

Difficulty: Varies

 
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