Mineola Nature Preserve

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Mineola Nature Preserve
4.5
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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.
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C.H.
Quitman, TX11 contributions
enjoyable
Jul 2020
This is a great place to walk and see nature. The trails go forever and although there is no breeze in the summer months, there is lots of shade. Not ever very crowded and has a park for picnics and swings for the kids. Cranes, hogs, alligators, all kinds of wildlife and trees.
Written April 11, 2021
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Susan D
Flower Mound, TX56 contributions
Nice hike through the trees!
May 2020
During a stay at Fall Farm in Mineola, we took a hike at the reserve. I was a little hesitant when I saw signs saying beware of snakes and alligators. The reserve is near the Sabine river, and definitely among the swampy areas. Some of the trails were too wet due to the recent rains. Thankfully we didn't see any snakes or alligators, and all in all got in our 2.5 miles of walking.
Written May 28, 2020
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tlneel53
Mineola, TX53 contributions
Beautiful
Oct 2019 • Couples
We drove to it and took.a quick look around. We are moving to Mineola and J look forward to many walks through here with my camera!
Written October 11, 2019
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johncwhitney
Mineola, TX14 contributions
Getting back to nature...
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is our regular place to walk and enjoy being outdoors. Great trails, but please keep in mind this is a nature preserve and it is not all that unusual to encounter snakes, alligators, or hogs. Be aware of your surroundings and enjoy this natural wetland, it is a very unique park offering great views!
Written July 14, 2019
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casspryor
Mineola, TX5 contributions
Nature at it's finest!
May 2019 • Friends
Great spot to come with family or just for some solo nature enjoyment. We often have family pizza night or birthday parties for the kids here. Picnic tables and a really nice kids playground. The fishing pond is always a hit with the kids. The trails are great for bike riding or just hiking.
Written June 5, 2019
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D7744DRjerrys
Conroe, TX8 contributions
Always Enjoyable
Mar 2019 • Solo
As a nature lover and birder, I enjoy spending a few hours each time I visit Mineola. Don’t miss it.
Written March 22, 2019
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boilers78
Greenville, TX205 contributions
Wide open spaces
Oct 2018 • Friends
There are a whole bunch of concrete walking trails through the preserve. Unfortunately, it decided to start raining when we were there, so we didn't get to cover too much area. There are some kind of strange ducks that have taken up residence at the front pond. There is also a disc golf course in the preserve.
One thing I will warn you about is the road into the preserve from the main road. It is in real need of repair. It's very rough.
Written November 3, 2018
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WildHaireHiking
Tyler, TX1,375 contributions
Relaxing place
Oct 2018 • Friends
Went here with some friends to do some hiking and enjoyed it. There was a lot of beautiful scenery and the preserve was very clean. There were clean restrooms available and had very nice trails. It’s worth a stop if you are in the area.
Written October 4, 2018
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MinersDaughter2014
Dallas, TX71 contributions
Nicely laid out and relaxing
Sep 2018 • Family
The community has done a very good job creating this park. It’s a wonderful place for families to picnic, a great place for walking and talking, and an ideal place for learning at least a little about trees other plants and (some) wildlife. The walking trails are easy enough for an elderly or frail walker and varied enough for someone who wants a more strenuous workout. It’s also beautiful, with lovely vistas and rolling hills. I hope to return sometime when there are more wildflowers.
Written September 11, 2018
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Andrew G
20 contributions
Walk in the Reserve
Apr 2018 • Solo
This was our first visit to the Nature Preserve. My wife, or dog and I spent several hours exploring the paths through the woods. There are numerous paths around ponds, through meadows, and woods. Encounters with wildlife are possible anywhere so keep your eyes open and be careful. Keep your dog on a leash!
There are areas for group get together, clean restrooms and educational displays for area plants.
You will not be able to see it all in one visit. Be sure to bring water.
Written July 9, 2018
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