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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 hall for your next gathering.


Stay at one of our campsites or screened shelters. We also have 20 equestrian campsites.


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, paddle boards, and rowboats. Call (940) 325-3630 for information. No skiing, tubing or jet skis.


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.


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.

Rock Climbing

Penitentiary Hollow is one of the few natural rock climbing venues in North Texas. Climbers and rappellers must check in at headquarters.

Get involved

We need your help! Check our Volunteer page or ask at park headquarters.

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

We offer a wide variety of programs, including Kids’ Wilderness Survival, cowboy history through music and poetry, astronomy, wildflower walks, and more.

Area Attractions

Mineral Wells offers museums, Clark Gardens, Mineral Wells Fossil Park and more.

On the other end of the Trailway, visit Weatherford to see the Museum of the Americas and Chandor Gardens.

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100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067

Latitude: 32.812655

Longitude: -98.043368

(940) 328-1171

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $7 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily,
6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Check for park closures.

We often reach capacity; reservations are highly recommended for both camping and day use. To guarantee entrance reserve passes online, or by calling the customer service center, before you visit.

Busy Season

Mid-March through mid-November


January average low temperature is 32 degrees. July average high temperature is 98 degrees. Wettest months are April and May. First freeze occurs mid-November. Last freeze occurs late March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

Elevations ranges from 718 feet to 1235 feet.

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