In Texas, telling someone to "take a hike" isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially with how incredible the views are in some parts of the state. Depending on where you go, you could have to walk, jog, or even climb to experience the best of the best. A park near Fort Worth is home to one of the only natural rock-climbing spots in North Texas, and once you've started your climb, the sky is the limit!

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway is less than an hour away from Ft. Worth and home to Penitentiary Hollow, where "climber" can become your middle name.

To get into the park, admittance is just $7 for adults. Once you've made your way to Penitentiary Hollow, there'll be a climbing fee of $3.

In total, you'll spend $10 to have the time of your life.

To climb, you must be at least seventeen and for those under age, a parent or guardian must be present or have written permission from said parent or guardian.

For those not quite ready to give outdoor rock-climbing a shot, there's still plenty to do and see at the park.

The park is surrounded by a lake and miles of beautiful trails to ride horses, go geocaching, fish, boat, hike, and more.

Camping is also available for those looking to continue with the fun the next day. You can make an entire weekend trip out of visiting this natural park!

Seeing as how Penitentiary Hollow is one of the only of its kind in North Texas, you don't want to miss out on your chance to experience it. 

The weather is just right these days, so if you plan a trip sometime soon you'll have hit the sweet spot for traveling in Texas.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway

Price: Free - $7

Address: 100 Park Rd. 71, Mineral Wells, TX

Why You Need To Go: There are some incredible views to be seen in Texas and after a quick rock-climbing session here you'll experience some of the best.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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