First and foremost, please thank a Veteran and members of our military today. My husband is a Veteran of the US Navy and served overseas after the attacks on 9/11. We’re always celebrating our country and freedom in our home, but today is a special day to honor all of our men and women. Hopefully soon my Cro-Magnon Man and I will get to celebrate by visiting a state park. He’s never been to Lake Mineral Wells, so I may take him there because it has so much to offer!
Did you know that you can rock climb in the state of Texas?
Lake Mineral Wells is a great spot to visit for a weekend trip or day visit. I have camped at this park twice, while attending a Texas Outdoor Family workshop as a volunteer with the North Texas Kids Outside project. The workshops were special 2-night events that began on a Friday and ended on Sunday around noon. The great part about attending the workshops is that you get to try out new outdoor activities, like kayaking, rock climbing, geocaching.
As I mentioned before, this park offers many activities for those interested in day visits, picnics, and rock climbing, hiking, and camping. We got to camp during the Winter and Spring and it was amazing to see how the scenery changed during the seasons. In December, the weather was cool and we needed sweaters or hoodies if we weren’t in the sun, but it wasn’t terribly uncomfortable. During April, the weather was mild, sunny, and clear!
At Texas Outdoor Family workshops, all gear is provided, so Moms and Dads, this means you can test out camping before you invest in gear to make sure your family enjoys time outside. After watching 16 families try camping for their first time this past year, I can proudly say that everyone had a great time and they all realized that their usual family vacations can turn into camping trips!
During both workshops families got to experience geocaching, rock climbing, fishing, and outdoor cooking. The kiddos (our youngest camper was less than a year old) enjoyed the campfire and making s’mores. The adults loved making s’mores, too! 🙂 In December, the park rangers held a special event called “Cowboy Christmas” where all visitors were encouraged to come see the show, enjoy a dutch oven cake, and drink hot chocolate.
100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Travel on US HWY 180 until you reach Mineral Wells. Keep traveling for 4 more miles and you’ll see the entrance sign on your right. You can also follow these directions.
- Adult: $7 a day
- Child (12 and under): Free
- State Park Pass: Free for everyone in your vehicle (get more info about the pass here)
- picnic (individual and group picnic sites)
- camping (water/electric, screen shelters)
- primitive camping/ backpacking
- mountain biking
- equestrian camping
- horseback riding
- rock climbing (climbers must check in at headquarters)