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clearly marked all the way, flat easy trail.

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.

I started at the Mineral Wells Trailhead and walked to the State Park. I was dismayed at how much trash was along the trail. I was also disappointed that so many people who live and work along the trail leave their dogs off leash and let them charge at people. One dog ran into traffic (near the State Park) and was almost hit by a car because it was aggressively barking at my dogs, which were on leash. It would be such a beautiful trail if people cared about the area they lived in and picked up after themselves and respected others enough to keep their dogs secure in backyards and places of business.

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.

Hiked the 11 miles from the east end in Weatherford to Garner. Wide and very well maintained. Path was flat and not really much elevation change, so makes for an easy hike/walk.

Long and flat. Nice to have a longish trail close and it is well maintained. Probably more fun for bikes. Somewhat monotonous to hike.

Trail very well marked and enjoyed all the informative information along the trail telling the history of Palo Pinto County. Old rock bridge was awesome.

rock climbing
9 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.

mountain biking
Monday, September 18, 2017

I forgot to start recording at the beginning. We rode from the Vietnam Memorial to the west end of the trail in Mineral Wells and back, except we rode up the hill beyond our start point, up over the highway, then back down to the war memorial lot. About 10.5 miles total. It was a very nice ride, easy trail, it's paved once you get to the east side of town all the way to the trailhead on the west side. Most of the roads you cross are not busy. Lots of nature along the trail.

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

hiking
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!!!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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.
1.1 miles
Suggested donation of 2$, or 15$ for season.
No water or bathrooms at park, so be prepared.

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!

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Well maintained rail-trail. Crushed stone construction. Portions of the trail closed due to storm damage. Easy hike. Kid and dog friendly. Wildlife viewing (quail and turkey). Bring plenty of water and bug spray during the hot months.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Really pretty me and my husband loved it!!! Highly recommended

walking
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

the trails are closed after hard rains to keep erosion down and because they can't get vehicles back there in an emergency. it's best to call ahead in the rainy season to see if they are open; it can take a while for the trails to dry out properly.

mountain biking
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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!

mountain biking
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cardio baby!!

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