Mineola Nature Preserve
Mineola Nature Preserve
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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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IrmiM52
Dallas, TX1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
My husband and I take a trip from Dallas to the Mineola Nature Preserve about once per month.
It has been one of our most favorite places to do nature walks.
This past Saturday (11/29/2014) we were informed by two men and a youngster in camo that a youth hunt was in progress and we should leave.
We also found out there was another youth hunt on 12/20/2014.
I know East Texas is known for hunting, but I am totally opposed to teaching young children to hunt. Further, there are not enought deer in this area to hunt them.
Is a Nature Preserve not a place where "critters" can be safe from being hunted?
Written December 1, 2014
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ArtTexas
Dallas52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Thursday morning we headed out towards East Texas for a nice overnight trip in the Mineola/Lindale/Tyler area. Our first stop was the Mineola Nature Preserve, which is an awesome destination for nature lovers, who don't mind some hiking. The preserve is quite large, lots of trails, and we saw longhorn cattle, a buffalo, whitetail deer, blue herons, turtles, a copperhead, butterflies, and one VERY large skunk. They also had some gorgeous gardens, several ponds/lakes, a covered pavillion, and loads of picnic tables throughout the preserve. It might be tough if you've got small children, as there's lots of ground to cover. But if you're up for some decent hiking, it's an easy-breezy, 90-minute drive from the DFW area, and well worth it. Only complaint is that they should have better trail maps.
Written October 25, 2014
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Andrew G
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Diana C
South Bend, IN92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
Spent a nice warm sunny afternoon with my husband and Golden Retriever was walking around the many ponds and trails. Several people enjoying picnic lunches, families enjoying the playground equipment. Supposedly there us a 4 ft. Alligator that lives there somewhere, but fortunately we did not meet. Oh and the park reserve is FREE
Written February 14, 2016
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Delene A
Mineola, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
You can just stand in one place and make a complete circle form the top of the hill and see for miles. There is so much more to see here as you take the trails. There are flora and fauna, ponds, and if you look closely, you can find a railroad bed built in the 1880s and beehives.
Written September 1, 2015
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Nancy S
Katy, Texas, United States25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015
The Nature Preserve is a treasure! Views are outstanding, there are wonderful walking trails, the Garden Club maintains beautiful gardens and it's a perfect setting for picnics, family outings, graduation & prom photos and more!
Written June 30, 2015
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gracethemystic
Lubbock, TX167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
A special place for retreats into nature. I loved the tall pine trees and natural flora. There are trails to walk and small ponds to sit near. East Texas at its best.
Written June 15, 2015
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CaptainVS
Dallas, TX24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
This is a large piece of property with lots of water and wide open spaces. They recently opened a canoe and kayak trail that cuts through the park. There is enough diversity in this property that you can take a short easy stroll from the car or spend the entire day deep in the thick of things.
Written May 3, 2015
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Todd R
115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The nature preserve is a best kept secret. Great place for a walk, bike ride, or even horse ride. We live nearby and always love coming to the preserve. Great view, nice ponds. The shaded trail is nice even in summer. You may get to see the resident alligator if you look close enough.
Written April 21, 2015
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HollyHayes1983
Lindale, TX75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I love to ride the horse trails, catch and release fishing with the kids and taking in natures beauty here. We also love to take family photos at this location. Tons of things to do from sight seeing, horse and walking trails, archery ranch, watching the buffalo and long horse to gator ponds :)
Written September 26, 2014
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