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Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway is a Texas state park located in the town of Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto, Parker, and Jack Counties. The park is known for its scenic trails, rock climbing opportunities, and a variety of camping options. Cross Timbers camping area is one of the campgrounds within the park, offering visitors the chance to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

Camping Options at Cross Timbers

Cross Timbers campground offers different types of campsites:

  • Primitive Campsites: For a more rugged experience, these sites provide basic amenities and are generally located away from the convenience of restrooms and water sources.

  • Water and Electricity Sites: These sites offer hookups for water and electricity, providing a bit more comfort for tents, trailers, or RVs.

  • Equestrian Campsites: Tailored for those bringing horses, these sites offer amenities such as horse pens and easy access to equestrian trails.

  • Group Campsites: For larger parties or organized groups, these sites provide group facilities and shared spaces.

Always check the latest information on site specifics such as the number of vehicles allowed, maximum occupancy, and available amenities, as these can change or may have seasonal restrictions.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for campgrounds within Lake Mineral Wells State Park, including Cross Timbers, can typically be made through the Texas Parks and Wildlife reservation system. It is recommended to make reservations well in advance due to the popularity of the park, especially during peak seasons and weekends.

There will be fees for camping which vary depending on the type of campsite you choose. There's often a daily entrance fee for the park in addition to the camping fees.

Park Activities

While camping at Cross Timbers, a variety of activities are available:

  • Hiking and Biking: There are over 20 miles of trails, catering to all skill levels.

  • Rock Climbing: The park offers some of the best rock climbing experiences in North Central Texas, particularly at Penitentiary Hollow.

  • Fishing and Boating: The park surrounds Lake Mineral Wells, which provides opportunities for fishing, swimming, and boating.

  • Horseback Riding: There is an equestrian trail that runs through some picturesque areas of the park.

Park Facilities

Facilities at the park include restrooms with showers, picnic areas, a boat ramp, and a park store where you can buy supplies and souvenirs.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fires: Be sure to check fire restrictions. Fires are typically allowed in designated fire rings or grills only.

  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.

  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and secure all food items to avoid attracting them to your campsite.

  • Quiet Hours: Respect other campers by observing quiet hours, which are usually in effect from 10 PM to 6 AM.

  • Trash: Practice Leave No Trace principles and dispose of trash appropriately.

Always verify the latest regulations and conditions directly with the park before your trip, as rules and available services may change due to weather conditions, park maintenance, or other factors.

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