Located around 20 miles north of Tyler, Texas, on the Sabine River the Mineola Nature Preserve encompasses 2,911 acres in Wood County. It is home to more than 191 species of birds, numerous wildlife, buffalo, longhorn cattle and a pristine wetlands environment.
Owned by the city of Mineola, the preserve is a part of a comprehensive development plan to protect our natural wildlife and habitat for future generations. Construction on the preserve began in 2002. Available are walking, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife viewing, equestrian trails (over 20 miles), fishing ponds, picnic areas, primitive camping areas, two pavilions with restrooms and playgrounds. Part of one of the walking trails is an abandoned International Great Northern Railroad bed. They warned us that there were feral hogs and to be careful.