Mineral Wells is a charming city located in both Palo Pinto and Parker Counties in Texas. Known for its rich history and natural beauty, the city is named after the mineral wells in the area that gained immense popularity in the early 1900s. With a population of 14,820 as of the 2020 census, Mineral Wells offers a blend of small-town charm and modern amenities. The city has a military history dating back to 1916 and was a significant training ground for helicopter pilots during the Vietnam War. Mineral Wells is also famous for its state park, which offers a variety of outdoor activities like fishing, camping, horse riding, biking, hiking trails, and rock climbing. One of the park’s main attractions is Penitentiary Hollow, a popular rock climbing area. The city is located 51 miles west of Fort Worth and 109 miles east of Abilene, making it conveniently situated for both nature lovers and city dwellers.