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Address: 1860 County Road 2724, Mineola, TX 75773
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+1 903-569-6983

The Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine River encompasses 2,911 acres...

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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Great place for a picnic

Our church had our picnic with a worship service also. God's beautiful scenery and lots of close friends.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mineola, Texas
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Mineola, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our church had our picnic with a worship service also. God's beautiful scenery and lots of close friends.

Thank memawlinda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

The Nature Preserve is a beautiful place to run, walk, fish or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. I love to come and relax on the swing and enjoy the view.

Thank Crystal M
Mineola, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

There is a well kept park for the children, a bow range and many ponds to fish in. This preserve is very well kept and loved by the community. There are trails for bicycles and horses, as well as walking trails along an old railway that stretches all the way to the Sabine river bank. Highly recommend for a place... More 

Thank haxmeister
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

This Nature Preserve is laid out well and you can feed the fish and have a picnic. Good parking area. High point to look out over East Texas. Trails are great for walks and a bike trail.

Thank Lainey W
Van, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Had an enjoyable time as a demonstrator of woodturning representing East Texas Woodturners at the recent Naturefest event.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

An amazing place to walk, hike & birdwatch. Hubby & I could spend an entire day exploring here. We saw an alligator in a pond less than 10 FT from us, several birds we'd never seen before, snakes, huge bee hives, gorgeous wildflowers, turtles, enormous bullfrogs, & rolling country side. It's a, truly, wondrous place for nature lovers. TIPS: -Wear... More 

Thank hopeandhappiness
East Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

The Nature Preserve in Mineola continues to add improvements each year. Most visitors begin at the pavillion and don't realize how vast the preserve is. Additions to the preserve include a short paddling trail just two years ago, last year an amphitheater for events and programs, and the expansion of parking to compliment the brand new addition of an outdoor... More 

Thank TinLizzieTraveler
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Perfect place to just walk and relax. We took our family members ages 76 and 77. It was a beautiful view and very relaxing. We watched the turtles and fish in the pond

Thank ramonag215
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Enjoyed taking the grandkids to the Nature Preserve, walked the great trail to see the alligator and turtles. Then we took them to the new playground area and stayed for hours! This place is a MUST SEE!

Thank Jim S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Day off from stressful week and took a drive from Tyler Tx for the afternoon. The shady road and the long horned steers as you drive up to the Mineola Nature Preserve was nice. There were maybe 20 people there enjoying either the picnic benches or the pond or the pavilion. I decided to take a walk through a wooded... More 

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