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“The jewel of east texas” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mineola Nature Preserve

Mineola Nature Preserve
1860 County Road 2724, Mineola, TX 75773
903-569-6983
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Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Mineola
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Owner description: The Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine River encompasses 2,911 acres located in Wood County, and is home to East Texas species of critters that can fly, walk, crawl, and slither, and home to more than 193 species of birds, numerous wildlife, buffalo, longhorn cattle, and a pristine wetlands environment. Imagine walking along a railroad bed built in the 1860s as you step back in history. Owned by the City of Mineola, this is part of a comprehensive development plan to protect our natural wildlife and habitat for future generations. This pristine area is an escape to the quiet of nature and the solitude of yesteryear.With construction beginning in 2002, the Preserve is being constructed with matching grants from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and others and maintained by funding from the City of Mineola. Walking, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife viewing, equestrian trails (over 20 miles), fishing ponds, picnic areas, primitive camping areas, Recreational Vehicle Utility Connections at THE DERBY, two pavilions with restrooms, playground and educational opportunities abound. Don't miss the active beehive on Johnnie Bendy Trail that can be viewed behind safety glass. There is an abandoned rail bed that lends itself well to accommodate walkers, and a history of that era that romanticizes the area that is recognized by historical markers, such as the Hasinai Tribe of the Caddo Indian Nation. This area is an ideal corporate retreat with facilities to support either a short term or long term stay.According to an article in the November (08) Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, this Preserve is in the top 15 city parks in the nation for its size. The goal is to make the list as a top 10 choice destination for educators, birders, hikers, bikers, equestrians, local, regional, and national groups. In many respects, the site is still in the visionary state, with both progress and plans continuing to develop.
Mineola, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“The jewel of east texas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Mineola is so fortunate to have this 3000 acre beauty bordering on the Sabine River. Bring your horse, go for a walk, try to see the alligator (and yes I have!), have a picnic, reserve the pavillion for a party, attend Nature Fest, watch the deer, walk thru the master gardeners' garden, fish or feed the fish. Just enjoy!

Visited October 2013
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Tyler, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Wha a gorgeous place! A Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Highly recommend everyone to go here for a visit.it has tons of butterflies in the flower garden, a fish pond where you can feed the fish, always fun for kids and adults ;-)

They have American Bison and longhorn cattle!

Lots of trails for walking and biking.

Visited September 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

A hidden treasure that Wood County should be very proud of. We enjoyed driving around the area in the fall when the leaves were changing colors... just beautiful.

Visited April 2013
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great place to walk or ride horses.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Lovely park with loads of trails for walking or horseback riding. No charge to use facilities. They have restrooms too!

Visited May 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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37 attraction reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Great place to sit and relax.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a great place to pull off the road and take a break. Nice picnic tables under the shade with a vista overlook view. Bring a picnic and take some time to relax and keep an eye out for some wildlife who may happen to appear in the clearings.

Visited August 2012
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