Mineola Nature Preserve Event

The park has walking, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife viewing, equestrian trails (over 20 miles), ponds for fishing, picnic areas, and primitive camping areas. There are two pavilions with restrooms and a playground.

Bonnie and Helen at walk start.

The legend of Bridge Bob resulted from a requirement that the railroad have someone attend to the wooden bridges and trestles so that no fire would start in the area as the train belched embers from its stack. An I&GN employee, Bob, now only known as Bridge Bob, was employed to examine the Sabine River rail bed areas and the approaches to ensure that there were no "sparkles" remaining from the passing trains, sparkles being the burning embers emanating from railroad engines burning coal.

A simple vending machine stands at the dock at Bridge Bob Pond.

Ducks used to being fed here.

Fountain in Bridge Bob Pond.

Mrs. Johnnie I. Bendy memorial for her years of volunteer service making this nature preserve what it is today.

Longhorns on land bordering the nature preserve.

View of the paved trail heading down to the Rail-to-Trail.

Information about the Rail-to-Trail.

Walkers ahead of us on the Rail-to-trail.

Information about an endangered species to watch out for.

Chimney Swift bird house.

Remnants of the old railroad bridge.

Another location where remnants of a bridge remain.

Gary and Donna on the trail.

Walking past a large pond.

Looking down the hill at the pond we just passed.

Aermotor Windmill