Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway Article

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Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
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Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Map showing the location of Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Map showing the location of Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Location of Lake Mineral Wells State Park in Texas
Location Palo Pinto County, Texas
Nearest city Mineral Wells, TX
Coordinates 32°51′03″N 98°01′36″W / 32.85083°N 98.02667°W / 32.85083; -98.02667
LAKE MINERAL WELLS STATE PARK & TRAILWAY Latitude and Longitude:

32°51′03″N 98°01′36″W / 32.85083°N 98.02667°W / 32.85083; -98.02667
Area3,282.5 acres (13.284 km2)
EstablishedJuly, 1981
Governing body Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway is a state park located in Mineral Wells, Parker County, Texas. It includes Lake Mineral Wells, and is the only state park in Texas which protects part of the Western Cross Timbers and Mineral Wells Trailway. Also within the park is Penitentiary Hollow, a somewhat unusual geological feature which resembles a small canyon. It is a popular site for rock climbing, though the only type of climbing allowed is top-rope. The park also features over 31 miles (50 km) of hiking trails, 25 miles (40 km) of which are open to bicycles and horses. Campsites can be found by the small lake, and up on the higher areas of the park, as well.

History

The area that the park currently protects was, at one time, part of a testing range for Fort Wolters Military Reservation. [1] Currently, if you go to the park, you can still find remnants of old bullets and shells, if you're lucky enough.

Area Attractions

Close by attractions include:

External links

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