Activities include camping; lake swimming (unsupervised); fishing; boating (no skiing/tubing, or jet skis permitted); rock climbing (climbers and rappelers must check in at headquarters); mountain biking; equestrian camping, horseback riding (visitors must provide their own horses); and hiking. Note: Trails may be closed during wet weather. Climbing is prohibited when the rock formations are wet (Call the park to verify climbing area is open, if it has rained in the last 48 hours of your planed arrival.) More information on the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway.
This park trail has a lot of options. I started on the black loop, at about 1.3 miles you can continue the loop back to the parking area or continue North on the green loop. As you go north several similar choices are available. I took the green loop then yellow to the road. Then purple north to the primitive camping area which was vacant at that time. I took the purple path all the way back to the parking area. The black and green loops are wide and flat, easy but not very interesting.
The yellow and purple paths are much better walks thru the woods. On the way back, the purple path crosses the black in two places giving you options. That part of the purple path nearest the parking area can be pretty challenging, it's narrow and rocky.
These choices resulted in a 5.0 mile hike that took about 1:45.
Red trail provided decent terrain and cool climbing rocks along trail. Not particularly challenging or long, but a nice way to start off a Sunday morning. On its own, not really worth the $7 entrance fee to the park, although the corsstimbers trails were closed due to rain. Took my dog and she loved it.
best trail in the Fort Worth area. It's hard to believe this type of park is so close to DFW. Very clearly marked and cleared trails, LOTS of rocka for climbing of all skill sets. My boys (both less than 5) loved climbing around on all the formations around penitentiary hollow. Definitely gonna make this a regular destination!
Mountain biking & hiking. Beautiful. Had my first night ride here. Great fun! Saw a pack of wild boar, turkey & deer. The MTBiking is easy, lots of jeep trail. Some sandy sections. Single track. One section at farthest point on trail map, is more technical. Climb, descent & rocks!