Return to Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway

Mineral Wells SP
User: CraigS - 6/25/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

We were pleasantly surprised by this park. Nowhere, does it indicated the beauty of the rocks bordering Lake Mineral Wells.

Hiked from Mineral Wells to Weatherford.
User: TX_Marine1371 - 9/30/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 20.00 Miles Duration: 7 hours, 30 minutes

This is a great trail for conditioning and building stamina. I started at the Mineral Wells trailhead at 7 a.m. and made it to the Garner trailhead in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Make sure you bring plenty of water as there aren't many places to refill along the way. In Garner there is a store and restroom facilities. I stopped for a quick breakfast and sock change and proceeded on towards Weatherford. Up until this point I hadn't encountered many people, only 4 bikers and a runner. During the 10 mile stretch from Garner to Weatherford traffic increased and the trail became more exposed to the sun. There are benches placed throughout the trail every 2 miles, sometimes closer. Approximately 6 miles from the Weatherford trailhead there is a latrine as well as water for horses. The last mile and a half run alongside a lake before curving around into the parking lot. It's a very flat and quick 20 mile hike, but I cannot stress the importance of bringing enough water. Take more than you think you'll need. I consumed just shy of 5 liters. 

Other items that I found to be useful for the trail are extra socks, sunscreen, high calorie snacks, band aids and a basic first aid kit, cell phone, sunglasses and a few ziplock bags to waterproof any moisture sensitive items.  

The scenery was pleasant along the way.  Lots of pastureland, farms and ranches. You will see lots of bearclaw cactus, oak trees, mustang grape vines and  many other  kinds of plant life. I encountered two copperhead snakes along the way east of the Garner trailhead. Stay vigilant, especially when walking through the dead leaves that accumulate on the trail.  There were many different species of birds; the white wing and morning dove were my favorites.  Keep your eyes open and you can spot deer, coyotes, foxes and  bobcats. 

Overall it was a very enjoyable trail. I will be doing it again this weekend  but I will explore the loop that goes into the state park. 

Park Hike is Nice...
User: krampus - 11/13/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A

The hike through the northwest end of the park is nice and secluded. After you hike past the firing range to the west, the back end of the park is very nice. We stayed on the trail which headed north, then east and then back south along the western edge of the lake. At the extreme southern end of the lake the trail rises 300 vertical feet in the space of 200 yards. Climbing the switchbacks is fun and a bit challenging. If you don't get to the western parking lot early in the day then the horse trailers can take up a lot of space and you have no where to park. No water in the back part of the park, so bring water with you.

Hiked most of the horse and bike trails
User: Marshall - 7/13/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Great morning started at 6am finished about 930am walked the horse trails still have a couple left before I have hiked all of them. only two other people there on sunday morning, saw 6 deer, could here turkey gobble, cool morning for this time of year with nice breeze. East trails are a lot prettier than west trails. well worth the drive easy family trails.

Good place to begin
User: Marshall - 7/6/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A

I live about 30 minutes from park so I hike here when I do not have time to go anywhere else. I like the park, but only because it is close to home. Very little to see besides the old military base, but a good place to take the family. Overnight primitive camping is grown up with grass, I have never stayed there overnight but usually hike to area before taking a different trail back. If you are wanting to stay overnight I would reserve a tent site close to trails. Good place for a day hike, I usually see less than 5 or 6 people even on weekends.

User: junkyvan - 3/8/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

The trail was easy to follow and made it easy to share with mountain bikes. I would recommend this these trails to families that want to walk together without having to walk in a line. Tree coverage was at a minimum because of the time of the year, but we got lucky when the weather was fair- not too cold and not too hot. We plan to go back and try to hike the whole trailway... wow!

Great trails and solitude
User: hawaiiantaz - 2/3/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 15.45 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 52 minutes

started around 9ish.... no one on the trail until later in the afternoon.... but then only one hiking and 3 on horseback.  Terraine varies from dirt and grass to sand to rocky (all on the same trail and without warning).  mostly flat, but few small hills.... couple of pretty good downhill/uphills on the longer hike.  Take a compass with you...maps on the trail are kinda misleading ....points you in one direction, then you come to a fork, but no map to further guide you.  Penitentiary Hollow as awesome.  Few Rock Climbers were out.... beautiful view and impressive rock/hill.  nice view of the lake.  Would definitely do again.

User: CedrHillr - 1/1/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 1.30 Miles Duration: 1 hour
An enjoyable winter hike
User: lordvallsbyrd - 12/3/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 17.00 Miles Duration: 6 hours
Hiked both the primitive trail and the Cross Timbers Trail on a cold, windy winter day. Not a single person seen the entire time.
Good trail for distance
User: kcameron - 3/30/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Having previously hiked a portion of the Trailway, this time my wife and I decided to hike the trails in the northern part of the state park. In order to get some distance, we combined sections of the multi-use trail with the footpath and made a big loop. We started by following the western perimeter trail and returned on the eastern trails. The most scenic part of this hike is the first half mile along the foot path. The hike overall is relatively easy except for a steep hill in the very northernmost section of the park. Although we encountered no other hikers, I gave the solitude rating an average score because we could hear loud speakers from the facility to the west of the park throughout 75% of our hike.
A morning's stroll
User: kcameron - 11/24/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A
On Thanksgiving morning, my wife and I hiked 5 miles out from the Weatherford trailhead of the Trailway and back for a total of 10 miles. We were surprised at the number of people on the trail. We encountered at least 5 other hikers/joggers and probably a dozen or more bicyclists. At the trailhead, we saw some llamas in a pasture next to the trail. Immediately after leaving the trailhead, you cross Town Creek on a well-constructed bridge. Almost immediately on the right, there is an earthern dam running parralel to the trail. Farther up the trail, you get a glimpse or two of Sunshine Lake, which is formed from Town Creek. Benches begin appearing at intervals of roughly 1 mile, some at exactly the mile marker. Mile posts mark each mile of the trail. Town Creek continues to parallel the trail for at least 2 miles. Just over 3 miles is a road crossing. Just beyond this, Town Creek begins to veer away from the trail. At the 4 mile mark, you reach the highest point on the trail at 1,235 feet. This site is marked with a sign post and a couple of benches. Up to this point, the trail has been on a steady but gradual climb with only a couple of exceptions. From this point, the trail slopes gently downward. At just under 5 miles, you cross another road. After crossing the road, there is a bridge, and then the composting toilet at exactly 5 miles. There is a bicycle rack, a hitching rack, bench, and garbage can in addition to the toilet. At this point, we rested a bit, then made the return trip to the trailhead. Although this was a pleasant hike, it is probably not one we would do again, though I would like to bike the entire trail at some point. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of color along the trail. If you like seeing country life, this is a good trail. You are always in site of houses, barns, horses, cattle, and other aspects of farm/ranch life. If you enjoy getting away from things, though, you might be disappointed with this trail.
User: dfwgeek - 4/3/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
12 Mile hikes, wide paths and no shade.
Great Park
User: shoequeen69 - 4/3/2005  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 4.87 Miles Duration: N/A
We did the trail near the primitive camping grounds. Very easy terrain, no shade, rarely see another person. Lots of armadillos. :)
User: Eveline - 1/31/2004  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 1star
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
User: snakesat - 6/14/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
great park close to fort worth
User: kenwavery - 5/24/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 2point5stars
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A
this park had alot to offer. my 3.5 and 5.5 year old sons hiked with us and kept up very well, despite rocky trails. mostly shaded and sometimes close to lake. extra bonuses included canoe trip and rock climbing area, there were plently of discoveries. The park is pretty clean too.
Nice hike w/ some good views
User: grayswandir - 1/11/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 9.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Approx 2.5mi is foot only w/ the first .5mi rugged and approx 300ft el. change, down then back up. Trail is clearly defined. Park is busy in the summer and on the usual holidays but was quiet this weekend. There are primitave sites for overnighting it. There is also a 20 mi. trail from Mineral Wells to Weatherford, I havent done all of it yet but I'll let you know
No shade. Glad we walked in January.
User: Eveline - 1/4/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Nice wide surfaced trial. We walked from the Mineral Wells entrance to the Garner entrance and then retraced our steps.
Weatherford Entrance
User: Eveline - 10/18/1997  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
We started out from Weatherford. Did an out and back hike.
User: Eveline - 11/16/1996  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 1star
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
We walked around the lake. Lots of rocks.