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Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway

People used to travel from all over for the healing waters of Mineral Wells. Now they'll visit town for this great trail
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 20 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Immerse yourself in the history, wildlife, and countryside of Texas as you make your way from Mineral Wells to Weatherford on this 20 ... more »

Tips:  - There is a "Self-Pay" entrance fee for the trail that is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for children aged 12 and ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Mineral Wells trailhead

You will find ample parking, restrooms, informational signs, covered picnic tables, and, of course, the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway starting point at this trailhead.
The city is named for the mineral springs in the area. These springs were quite popular in the early 1900s.

2. Rock Creek Trail to the National Vietnam War Museum

"When completed, The National Vietnam War Musuem will offer an educational environment where people from all over the world can come to remember, learn and understand...."

The statement above comes directly from the National VN War Museum website. A link to that site is available with this guide.

The museum is not yet completed but... More

3. highway overpass

One of many stellar qualities of the Mineral Wells Trail is the safe, nearly car-free environment it provides. This highway 180 crossing is the only major road the trail bisects and the overpass insures a safe, uninterrupted journey.

4. equestrian access begins

The Ballew Springs Rd. offers State Park trailhead and equestrian access. It is six miles from the Mineral Wells trailhead and 14 miles from the Weatherford trailhead.

5. Garner, Texas

This intersection has abundant resources for trail aficionados. It provides access to a trailhead, restrooms, a trail fee station, food, drinks, and an RV park/campground.

6. highest spot on trail

At 1,235 in elevation this is the highest spot on this Texas rail trail.

7. Sunshine Lake

Bird watchers will especially like this area with its abundance of aviary life.

8. Weatherford Trailhead

Whether you are starting or ending your journey here, there is plenty of parking, a restroom, and Cartwright Park located at this trailhead.

9. Awesome Animals Abound

Whether domesticated or wild, you will enjoy the wildlife that lives near the trail. It's like a long, authentic zoo.

10. rules of the trail

Like most trails, the Mineral Wells Rail Trail (State Trailway) has rules and regulations and the trail developers have done a nice job of communicating those rules throughout the pathway. For example, they have done a nice job of communicating where horses are allowed, where to pay trail fees, and what rules govern larger groups of trail users.... More

11. Texas Garden of Eden

As with most American rail trails, the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway offers an abundance of beautiful plants and trees. You will see this throughout your excursion, but you also have the opportunity to learn more about this botanical wonderland.

12. History comes alive.

From the historic Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern Railroad to Native American conflicts, trail travelers will learn about the rich history found along this abandoned rail line. Signs are available to entertain and educate.