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Lake Mineral Wells State Park is located in northern Texas and is known for heavily protecting the area that makes up the Western Cross Timbers and Mineral Wells Trailway. The park was once home to a railway during the late 1800s until it was later abandoned.
Vacationers can keep their rental motorhome at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and trek through it to see various rock formations, including a small canyon. Because of this, it’s a popular place for rock climbing. The state park is also just a short drive away from Fort Worth.
There’s plenty of things to do at Lake Mineral Wells State Park. A popular option is to go geocaching. To do this, you just need a GPS and a map of the area. Outdoor enthusiasts use the clues provided by the park to find the areas listed. However, keep in mind that some trails can be difficult. Because of this, look closely at the stars labeled next to each geocaching location. One star means it’s a simple hike while five stars mean you’ll need some special equipment.
Trails are also abundant in the state park. There are about 13 miles of various trails winding around it which vary in their difficulties. These include Cross Timbers Maroon Trail, Cross Timbers Yellow Trail, and Cross Timbers Orange Trail. While trekking down them, you might also come across some of the local wildlife, like gray foxes.
Rock climbing is another thing to try out while at the state park. One of the best places to do so is at Penitentiary Hollow, which is considered to be one of the only natural rock climbing structures in the area. There is a special rock climbing route map to keep on hand which shows scenic overviews. If you plan to rock climb, you do need to check in at the ranger station.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park is also home to Lake Mineral Wells. This 640-acre lake is perfect for a nice boat ride or fishing. It features over six fishing piers as well for those don’t have a boat. The lake is filled with various types of fish, including catfish, sunfish, and largemouth bass. No fishing license is necessary to fish here.
For those that search for an RV rental in Parker County, you’ll find you can go motorhome camping at the park’s campground, and there are different sections to choose from. One section includes 47 sites which come with 50-amps. Another section has 30 sites with a 30-amp option, and another has 11 sites with no electricity. While prices will vary depending on the choice you pick, all sites have water, restrooms, and outdoor grills.
The park is pet-friendly and offers WiFi in certain areas. The sites usually have paved asphalt pads and are shaded by trees. While the sites are located a little close together, they still will give you enough privacy from your neighbors.
You’ll find a few different places to take your travel trailer if you want to spend some time in the local area. In Fort Worth, take a trip over to the Fort Worth Zoo. The zoo was created in 1909 and spans over 64 acres. It’s home to numerous types of animals, including lions, rhinos, bats, and lizards. It also recently opened a Stingray Cove where visitors can see these sea creatures up close and even feed them. There are guided walking tours available which will take you around the zoo and tell you of its history and interesting facts about the animals.
A short drive away in Weatherford is Chandor Gardens. This massive estate (once home to the artist Douglas Candor) is known for its luxurious home and flourishing Chinese gardens. It features many different flower beds and bridges to walk over. There are also events held throughout the year here, like music shows and autumn nature walks.
You could also take your rental RV to the Old Post Office Museum-Art Center. Located in Graham, this building was created in the 1930s and was originally the town’s post office. It’s known for its impressive Art Deco architecture and large museum which holds various artifacts, like stamps, letters, and postmaster uniforms. The museum also hosts art shows which display works from local artists.
Many restaurants are located around the Lake Mineral Wells State Park area, including those which serve Tex-Mex, a local culinary highlight. In addition to this, there are a few steakhouses and comfort food eateries to choose from. All of these options are just a short drive away so you won’t have to venture too far from the park with your RV rental.