Hiking, Boating, and Rock Climbing in Mineral WellsMay 27, 2021
Can cows climb rocks? Heck, no! But you can. Rock climbing is just one of many great outdoor activities you can enjoy in the middle of cattle country at Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway.
Drive 16 miles from Great Escapes North Texas for a day of hiking, rock climbing, and boating – the Park is located at 100 Park Road 71 in Mineral Wells, Texas 76067.
The 12.8 miles of Park trails range from easy to challenging, from lakeside to scenic Cross Timbers trails. Novice hikers will like the Trailway, with its flat grades and gentle curves. The Trailway and most of the park trails are open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders during mild, dry weather.
Boating and Fishing
Lake Mineral Wells is a 640-acre lake with a boat ramp. Bring your own boat or rent one at the park. The Park rents flat-bottom boats with trolling motors, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and rowboats. Call (940) 325-3630 for information. Sorry, no skiing, tubing or jet skis.
Fish for catfish, crappie, sunfish, and largemouth bass and bring your catch back to Great Escapes North Texas to grill it up for dinner. Choose from six fishing piers scattered around the lake. You do not need a fishing license at this park.
Rock Climbing in Cattle Country
Penitentiary Hollow is one of the few natural rock climbing venues in North Texas. It is a small maze of sandstone bluffs. The walls range from 20 to 40 feet and are mostly face climbs with a few tough classics and plenty of easy to moderate routes.
Rock climbers must be at least 17 years old and must check in at headquarters to sign up for climbing with a guide. Those younger than 17 must have a parent or legal guardian present, or the youth must present written permission from a parent or legal guardian. Sorry, no cows allowed.
Although there are short trails for hiking and picnic areas in Penitentiary Hollow, dedicated rock climbers will need…
- Belay devices
- Locking carabiners
- Climbing shoes
- Chalk bag and chalk
When you want to give natural rock climbing a try, head out to Mineral Wells State Park. It is novice-friendly, while still fun for intermediate climbers.