Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine River, Mineola

The beautiful, rolling landscape and fresh spring green grass of the Mineola Nature Preserve is as enticing as a 2,911 acre welcome mat.  Spend as much time as you can, whether it’s an hour walking one of the shaded trail loops, or a riding the miles of trails or paddling through the hardwood bottomlands of the Sabine River.


Know Before You Go

Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray.

Restrooms are near the playgrounds.

Open daily 7:30am – sunset




There are miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use.

Mineola Bigfoot Paddling Trail

The 11.9 mile Mineola Bigfoot Paddling Trail put in is at the MNP, and continues down the Sabine River well past the preserve.  There are not shuttles available, so you must arrange you own.


Special Events

The Preserve holds the annual Nature Fest each October, a Spring Fling on April 23rd, 2016 and Star parties throughout the year!

The Windmill does work, and you can pump water.



It’s a great place to let a child catch their first fish!  Remember, it’s not a state park and fishing license are required for anyone 17 or older.



Primitive camping is allowed at the preserve for $5/day.



The Preserve is also home to American Buffalo; Big Daddy, Blue Bonnet and Willow.


and a Texas Longhorn.


There are plenty of picnic opportunities at the preserve also, so don’t forget to pack a lunch!

Things To Do in Mineola


The Waldo Way Dairy Farm is a farm that offers natural milk, cheese, yougurt and butter.  See the cows that produce it in the fields!  You’ll love it so much that you’ll want to stay the night at their Gatehouse Inn!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Mineola Depot and Railroad Museum offers you a brief glimpse into the history of Mineola.  The depot is still used today by Amtrak, which is a great way to visit!

The Piney Woods Wine Trail will take you through some of the prettiest towns in East Texas, the only problem is that you will eventually need to leave.  Click HERE to read more.


The East Texas Burger Company has been open since 1896, so they must be doing something right!  Click HERE to visit their website.


In Downtown Mineola, stay in the historic Beckham Hotel.  Click HERE to visit their facebook page.

Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine River  

 1860 County Road 2724, Mineola

Click HERE to visit their website.    

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