Texas Frontier Western Heritage Trails is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mineral Wells, TX that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The trail grand opening is April 16, 2016 and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Goodnight Loving Cattle Trail. The historic walking trail has many signs along the route that commenorate the cattle drives of 1860's, primarily the Goodnight Loving Trail which had its beginnings here. Other pioneer families and stories of the settlement of Palo Pinto County and Mineral Wells Crazy Water are also on display.
Pretty nice scenary, cool rock steps and awesome old rock bridge would be great for photography. Just difficult and long enough to challenge my preschool age children. Interesting history/facts about Palo Pinto county posted throughout trail. You can also spot old masonry remnants right off parts of the trail, evidence of the parks own long remarkable history. Very quiet... we were the only ones there. Only downside was we saw a lot of broken glass... but it looked like it had been there quite a while (maybe from before park reopened to public, and probably washed up from rain?). We will go again, next time in the morning when a little cooler, and will bring the dog.
Suggested donation of 2$, or 15$ for season.
No water or bathrooms at park, so be prepared.
The Historic walking trail has 20+ signs along the trail with pictures and historical narrative of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving and other 1850's settlers to the Palo Pinto County and Western Cross Timbers region. Other signs tell of the discovery of mineral water and the development of the Mineral Wells Crazy Water days. Very imformative scenic trail through a wilderness area along rustic trail settings. The birds are very active and entertaining in the morning feeding times.