Immerse yourself in the history, wildlife, and countryside of Texas as you make your way from Mineral Wells to Weatherford on this 20 mile trail through time. (This description also appears in the Everytrail Guide, both written by Kevin Purdy)
When it’s freezing cold up north, this trail makes a nice winter-time escape. If you are a trail-lover, then you’ll enjoy the flat terrain, peaceful surroundings, and well-spaced diversions along the trail.
Who will enjoy this trail?
- – Bike riders who want to get in a 40 mile ride without risking life and limb on the highways.
- – Hikers who want the solitude and serenity of a country trail.
- – Vietnam veterans who want to stop off at the National Vietnam War Museum.
- – Bird watchers who want to see an incredible variety of aviary delight from the pure white of the waterbirds near Sunshine Lake to the vibrant red and yellow birds that flit through the Texas underbrush.
- – Historians who want to learn about the old, abandoned railroad, the Native American uprisings, and the days of Texas cattle/oil barons.
- – Anyone who wants to get some exercise while viewing the Texas countryside.
Get away from it all on the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway in the heart of the Lone Star State.
Tips: – There is a “Self-Pay” entrance fee for the trail that is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for children aged 12 and younger. Pay stations are available in Mineral Wells, Garner, and at the Weatherford trailhead.
- – If you travel this trail in the summer, it’s best to get an early start and pack plenty of water.
- – Don’t forget the sunscreen.
- – Drinking water is only available at the trailheads.
- – The trail is open from dawn to dusk.
- – Horseback riding is allowed for the 16 miles of trail starting at Ballew Springs Rd. and going to Weatherford. Horses aren’t allowed on the first six miles of the trail from the trailhead in Mineral Wells to the State Park trailhead.