Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway

Elevation Gain1,244ft
Trailhead Elevation1,114ft
Elevation Min/Max823/1241ft
Elevation Start/End1114/1114ft

Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway

Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway is a hiking and biking trail in Palo Pinto County and Parker County, Texas. It is 19.9 miles long and begins at 1,114 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 39.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,244 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
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Berkley, PA
Pathfinder | 140 pts
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We started in Weatherford and made it as far as Garner before turning back due to bad weather. Nice train, until you get close to Garner, then it's a little rougher. We were on road bikes, tho, and didn't have any trouble--just had to pay a little more attention to the roadway. Trail was pretty well kept. Will go back and finish this ride next year!
Weatherford, TX
Explorer | 30 pts
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This is a great trail for most any level rider I've gone from the Weatherford Trail head all the way to the Mineral Wells end of the trail. I've also taken none riding family members for short trips it a nice little out and back with mile markers to show how much progress you've made. If you like Horse and Cows you'll see a bunch along the trail, I’ve seen deer, snakes and even a coyote on the rare occasion. This trail is minutes from home for me and its great. Highly Recommended
Cedar Rapids, IA
Explorer | 40 pts
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Took a crew of Scouts to hike this trail this weekend, the Ranger gave us two pieces of info as we're checking in - 1. It's too dry, there is a burn ban - no ground fires of any kind. 2. The trail is closed, there's been too much rain. High water in places. So, after digesting that piece of government logic, we decided to hike on the LMW Trailway. It is a converted railroad tracks. Very flat, runs along a county road.

The trail is about 10 feet wide with a very fine ground shell base. We hiked east of the park towards Weatherford to the 6 mile marker - about 16 mi roundtrip. Trail goes right through the small town of Garner (think Mayberry). You can hike, stop in and get some Chicken Fried Steak if you'd like. Garner is about 4 miles from the Park trailhead. See plenty of pastures, some cattle. Saw one doe early in the morning. Lots of tracks (raccoon, deer, rabbit).

Ran across only two groups on bikes. It was a beautiful day in early March - expected to see more people - not disappointed.

Not a challenging hike, but was good for distance and good option for bad weather-last minute replacement.

Millsap, TX
Explorer | 20 pts
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If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it is definately worth the ride. The midpoint of the trail is Garner off of 113 north. For the beginner, intermediate or family, you want to start at Garner. Heading west from Garner, it's a nice ride to Mineral Wells about 30-45 minutes down hill. You can stop in Clark Gardens or Mineral State Park on the way. The return ride is mostly gentle incline with a maximum of moderate difficulty crossing the signature bridge over 180 outside of Mineral Wells. If you are a more advanced rider, then start at Weatherford or Mineral Wells and ride the entire trail there and back. Not recommended in the heat of summer, except for advanced riders. You can even rent mountain bikes near the midpoint at Ride the Rails Bike Rental ( for around $25 per day including the bike rack,so that you can pick-up and return the bikes. The best thing about the trail is that you can have a family ride or you can push yourself for a workout. This is a good 1/2 day activity. The trail is closed in wet weather so call the Mineral Wells State Park before driving out to the trail.
Doleway, AL
Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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Be warned: the state park borders on an active rifle range. The day I was there, you heard gunshots at least once every 5 seconds. If you plan to try the equestrian trails, take bring a horse that doesn't spook easily.

Also, much of the trail is in the open, which makes for a hot hike on a sunny summer day.
Benbrook, TX
Explorer | 20 pts
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The 8-mile multi-use loop trail is flat but can be quite muddy. The 2.5-mile out-and-back hiking-only trail offers better footing, more ups and downs, and much better scenery.
Keller, TX
Pathfinder | 150 pts
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I hiked this trail with my two young suns. The scenery is beautiful. The trail is wide in most spots as it serves as an equestrian trail for much of the way. After finishing the hike, we enjoyed watching rock climbers climb and repel the rock formations at Lake Mineral Wells. This is a perfect day hike for the beginning hiker.

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Kathryn Hopper
"This 3-mile, out-and-back hike begins in Lake Mineral Wells State Park by the park’s amphitheater and descends downhill on a 5 percent grade past a pasture of longhorn cattle and open prairie. Here, the trail moves through a prairie filled with wildflowers much of the year as it winds down to the site of an old railway bed that now serves as a hike and bike trail linking Mineral Wells and Weatherford. The hike heads west toward Mineral Wells, crossing a bridge over US 180 with an optional stop at a museum dedicated to the Vietnam War." Read more
"This packed-gravel trail runs atop an old railway bed and connects the cities of Mineral Wells and Weatherford. It will appeal most to folks looking more for exercise than for scenery. You can extend this hike for just about as and equestrians are located (from east to west) long as you like—there are about just outside Weatherford, in Garner, and at 20 miles of trail. Lake Mineral Wells State Park. The fourth access point at the far western end of the trail is in the Mineral Wells; access here is restricted to hikers and bicyclists. Besides the trailway, you’ll find an excellent backcountry trail within the park, which I’ve also highlighted." Read more

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