Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway

Texas

Distance19.9mi
Elevation Gain1,244ft
Trailhead Elevation1,114ft
Top1,241ft
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.

Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"Rails to Trails projects are wonderful things. At their best they make good use of unused land and tie communities together with avenues other than those built for auto traffic. The Lake Mineral Wells Trailway is a great example of a good one, covering more than 20 miles of classic North Texas terrain. Tread: Old railroad bed covered in crushed limestone, like a hike and bike path.

The trailhead in Weatherford is a couple hundred feet higher up than the trailhead in Mineral Wells, but taking into consideration the wind and the slightly rolling terrain, it doesn’t matter a whole lot which way you go— unless of course you’re only going one-way. In that case follow the wind."

"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."

"About 3 miles east of Mineral Wells. An easy day hike in the cross-timbers back country of Lake Mineral Wells State Park. Special Attractions: Cross-timbers vegetation, rock climbing. Permit required for camping. While most of the park activity centers around the lake, an extensive trail system serves both hikers and horses. Lake Mineral Wells lies in an area of north Texas known as the Cross-timbers. The area is typified by rolling hills with scattered rocky bluffs.

A dense scrubby forest of oaks and cedar elms cloaks the slopes. A reddish, iron-rich soil is common in the area. At the trailhead, ignore the large equestrian trail sign and look to its right. A smaller sign saying "Primitive Camping Trail" marks the proper route. The first part of the trail is steep and rocky as it goes up and down the bluffs above the lake. Watch for poison ivy. The hiking trail crosses the horse trail in about .5 mile and then again in about another .25 mile. At about one mile, the trail hits a junction with two old roads."

"This 2,809-acre park, including the 646-acre Lake Mineral Wells, incorporates lands donated by the city of Mineral Wells and the transfer of a portion of Fort Wolters army post by the federal government. The park contains 16 miles of trails: 6 miles of hiking-only trails and 10 miles of multi-use trail, available for horseback riding and bicycling. Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Canyon Wren, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow are present year-round. Mississippi Kite, Common Poorwill, Chuck-will’s-widow, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Indigo and Painted Buntings occur in summer.

American White Pelican, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Sora, Red-headed Woodpecker, Winter Wren, and Fox and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway Reviews

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4/22/2010
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!
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4/11/2009
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
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3/11/2008
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.
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7/13/2006
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 (ridetherails@earthlink.net) 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.
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4/28/2003
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.
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12/1/2001
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.
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3/20/1999
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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Oct 2018