Trip Report: Lake Mineral Wells State Park

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!

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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! 

MineralWells3At 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!

MineralWells6During 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.

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You will not be disappointed when visiting this Texas state park. It offers lots to do for everyone and you can enjoy quality time outdoors, together! For more pictures of our camping trips, visit our Facebook albums for December and April!
Here is some more information about the park from the TPWD site:
Where is Lake Mineral Wells State Park?
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.
How much does it cost to visit?
What can you do at Lake Mineral Wells?
  • picnic (individual and group picnic sites)
  • camping (water/electric, screen shelters)
  • primitive camping/ backpacking
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • equestrian camping
  • horseback riding
  • swimming
  • boating
  • fishing
  • rock climbing (climbers must check in at headquarters)
Visit the Interpretive Center and learn about the area and the local animals!

Maps:
Map of Lake Mineral Wells Park

Have you ever been to Lake Mineral Wells? What did you enjoy or what would you like to see if you’ve never been?

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8 thoughts on “Trip Report: Lake Mineral Wells State Park

  1. Cara Kueck

    I never knew there was so much to do at lake mineral wells. I’ve been up in that area a lot because my dad is from up that way but I had no clue! Thanks for sharing! Coming over from TXWB!

    • Bienvenido Adventure

      Thanks for coming over! I was amazed at how much there was to do at the park, too! Hopefully you get to go out there and enjoy the trails and lake!

  2. Pary Moppins

    I have yet to be convinced to go camping although my husband and daughter have tried. 🙂 This looks like such fun though. Thanks for sharing!

    • Bienvenido Adventure

      Maybe you all would enjoy attending a Texas Outdoor Family workshop! They provide all the gear and activities, and you even get to sleep on an air mattress 😉 It’s a great way to experience camping with other families who are first-timers, too. Their site is here: http://goo.gl/ykNS2U

    • Bienvenido Adventure

      The hiking trails are beautiful! If you ever go hiking, I’d love to share your perception about the park on the blog if you’re interested! Happy trails!

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