The Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway is now open. The Grand Opening was held on June 6, 1998, National Trails Day, celebrating the 75th Anniversary of state parks. The trail begins northwest of Weatherford, in central Parker County and travels 20 miles westward to the downtown district of Mineral Wells in eastern Palo Pinto County. The Trailway is connected to Lake Mineral Wells State Park and has four (4) trail heads. They are located near Weatherford, in Garner, in the state park, and in downtown Mineral Wells.
The Trailway provides a diverse experience for the trail user as it winds gently through remote farm and ranch lands and ends in a typical downtown district of an active West Texas community. The rolling hills are abundant with wildlife and a variety of bird life. Spring and fall offer trail users a vivid panorama of colors from the many varieties of trees and flowers that dot the Trailway.
The Trailway provides opportunities for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Since the Trailway is located on a railroad bed, the grades are very flat and curves are very gentle, making it popular for trail users of all ages and abilities.
The Trailway is 20 miles long and ten feet wide. The 2 miles of surface from the downtown Mineral Wells trailhead toward the east is asphalt; the remaining 18 miles is finely crushed and screened limestone. Each of the Trailway's 4 trailheads has paved parking, drinking water, restrooms, trail information and accessible parking. All 16 bridges have been decked and railed for safety. The Trailway's 500-foot signature bridge, adorned with 104 Lone Stars, is designed to meet American Disabilities Act requirements and allows trail users to safely travel over US Highway 180.
The terrain consists of gently rolling hills and crosses numerous small creek ways in the Brazos and Trinity Rivers' watersheds. Wildlife observation includes white-tailed deer, turkey, raccoon, fox squirrel, and numerous species of birds. The plant life is typical of the western cross timbers region.
Note: The Trailway may be closed during wet weather.
Directions: From Weatherford, TX, Travel northwest from downtown. The Garner Trailhead is adjacent to FM 113, 2 miles north of USHighway 180. The State Park Trailhead is located within Lake Minerals Wells State Park The Mineral Wells Trailhead is located adjacent to US Highway 281, 4 blocks south of US Highway 180.
Elevation: 718 feet
Distance: 20 miles
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