The East Texas Trekkers are hosting a 5k and a 10k walk near Mineola, TX.
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.
To participate in either of these events you are required to register at the start. Registration is anytime from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Registration costs $3.00. You will carry a start card with you and at checkpoints your card will be marked.
This is not a speed competition. You are encouraged to bring along your children and walk/talk and spend some time together enjoying the great outdoors.
When you finish (anytime before 2:30 pm) you turn in your start card. If you are an official Volkssporter you will have an Event and/or Distance Record Book. When you turn in your start card you will receive a stamp in your record books.
If you do not as yet have an AVA record book, they will be for sale at the start/finish. Just ask for a new walker’s packet. The packet is $5.00 but it contains three coupons for free registration ($9.00 value) as well as both an Event and a Distance book.
Start Point: A pavilion inside the park. Look for the directional signage after you enter the park.
Driving Directions: From I-20, turn North on US 69, continue for approx. 14 miles, cross the Sabine River and continue approx. 1.5 miles to Loop 564 where you will
turn right (East). Go about one-fourth mile and then turn right (Southeast) on CR 2724 (Cap Ranch Road). Follow signs about 1.5 miles to the park’s entrance.
Hope to see you there!