Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Natural Beauty, Colorful History
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway sits in the heart of cattle country, near what was once a popular health resort. You will love the area’s history and scenery, but you’ll also enjoy the park’s outdoor amenities: a lake, a rock climbing area, and miles of trails. We are just 45 minutes west of Fort Worth – c’mon over!
Things to Do
On land, you can camp, hike, bike, ride your own horses, geocache, rock climb, or relax by the lake. On the lake, you can swim (no lifeguards), fish or boat. Rent our amphitheater or group dining hall for your next gathering.
Boating: Lake Mineral Wells is a 640-acre lake with a boat ramp. Bring your own boat or rent one at the park. We rent flat-bottom boats with trolling motors, canoes, kayaks and rowboats. Call (940) 325-7152 for information. No skiing, tubing or jet skis.
Fishing: Fish here for catfish, crappie, sunfish and largemouth bass. Choose from six fishing piers scattered around the lake. You do not need a fishing license at this park.
- We loan rods, reels and tackle boxes through the Tackle Loaner Program.
- Fishing and lake information
- Fishing Tip Sheet
Exploring: Park trails (12.8 miles) range from easy to challenging, from lakeside to scenic Cross Timbers trails. Or set out on the 20-mile Trailway, with its flat grades and gentle curves. The Trailway and most of the park trails are open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Trails may close during wet weather.
- Use the Interactive Trails Map to take a virtual tour of the Trailway and park trails.
- Download and print:
Rock Climbing: Penitentiary Hollow is one of the few natural rock climbing venues in North Texas. Climbers and rappellers must check in at headquarters. No climbing is allowed when the rock formations are wet.
Volunteering: We need your help! Check our Volunteer page or ask at park headquarters.
We offer a wide variety of programs, including Kids’ Wilderness Survival, cowboy history through music and poetry, astronomy, wildflower walks, and more.
- Check the Events page to see the program schedule.
- Call the park to arrange a nature program for your group.
- Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal; complete a certain number of activities to earn a badge.
- Visit the Nature and History pages to learn more about the park.
- Download the Interpretive Guide to Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway.