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.

Really like this trail. Pretty lake views and cool rock formations.

clearly marked all the way, flat easy trail.

Very short trail but cool. At the north end there is a nice rock climbing area. We did this trail twice and also did the purple trail on the other side of the lake.
Nice State park.

We did the purple trail and the penitentiary trail twice..about 9.5 miles total. The temp was over 100 when we finished. I really liked the park and the lake and rock climbing options make it a good destination for a day or weekend. it's only about an hour from Fort Worth.
We will use this place again.

Family friendly with some great views of the lake. We really enjoyed this trail. Be sure to take water!

One of the most boring trails I’ve ever been on. We did a little over 3 miles from the trail head and turned back. I guess it’s ok if you live nearby otherwise do anything but go on this trail.

Very nice hiking area.

rock climbing
11 months ago

Gorgeous areas to free climb. Beautiful scenery with hidden caves and small gorges sprinkled all around. I recommend it.

Cool trail system. The west side is a lot of sand trails that are good for your knees. The east side has the most interesting trail in my opinion that is along lake leading to the overlook/rock climbing area. You can easily do all the trails in one day hike.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The trail is clearly marked, although many people have created off-shoots. The trail is primarily rock with some sand, so your eyes will be glued to the trail to forego tripping. The trail comes alongside the water in several places, making it a great trail, albeit short.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

This is a fun trail especially if you like to rock climb. The trail can get tricky after a heavy rain. There is a dock along the trail that you can fish from. We hike this trail several times a month and love it.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

We're beginners and it's a very hot day. That made it difficult to get through the very rocky and sandy areas, but it's a nice trail, well cleared and maintained. I saw a roadrunner, a rabbit and 3 deer. I look forward to cooler weather and increased fitness when doing this trail next time.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

nice liesure trail

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Amazing short trial! Don't pass this one up just because it doesn't look worth the trip. Great views, fun trail, rocks to climb and walk through. And a great scenic overview at the end.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Great park to hike and bring your dog or dogs! Bring your climbing gear. The park has pre-installed climbing anchors for the public to use. Beautiful view's of the lake while you are walking and the hills this park has are an excellent workout esp on a hot TX day! This is an awesome park. I did not know Texas had hills and rock cliffs! Deer and lots of other wildlife are all over the park walking around doing their thing. Bring water with you because Texas is Hot! The park does have OASIS Areas for horses and dogs so make sure you look at a map and know where those are ahead of time. The Park is huge with lots of shaded areas in. Case you want to drive in and get a quick peaceful walk in or take a nap :). Great work Mineral Springs Guys, you are doing good work!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Short trail but very cool!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

this is a beautiful relatively short trail with plenty of great views of the lake. A few rock staircases, but you just need to watch your step. we'll definitely be going back for more!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Loved it! Will be going back.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Decent hikes. I would rate this moderate. Lots of stair like climbs and some small canyon areas. Most of the trails are shaded by trees and run along the lake. Not super busy but it was a weekday too. There are some great picnic and BBQ areas so bring food. $7/adult entry fee.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I'm sure it pretty. But $7 per person is absolutely ridiculous to charge for a family to go on a short hike. Sorry but I think not.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nice park. Trail is out and back, very scenic in spots, Good place for birding or photography.

rock climbing
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The area is nice. Not much of a trail to follow. But the area with the large rock cliffs was pretty, great place for rock climbing.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

great! awesome views of Downtown LA, LA River, Burbank and The Valley.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

not a huge fan of the actual trail. not much too see if walking, I do believe this serves better as a horse trail. lots of soft sand and no shade. the park itself is nice and the rock climbing area is great.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Great trail

rock climbing
Monday, July 11, 2016

I love this park! I went with a rock climbing group and we encountered many friendly people. Dogs are allowed. Not too crowded. Very well-kept park.

Monday, June 27, 2016

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!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

It was amazing!!!! I am definitely going back!! Amazing for camping too

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