Parker County Today PCT June 2018 - Page 23

4 & 5. Canoe or Camp  The Sundancer For smaller groups of four people or less, the Sundancer Tent is perfect, but also it makes a wonderful roman- tic retreat for mom and dad, but that’s another article for another issue.  The Sundancer Tent was hand- crafted in Africa and is one of the most distinctive overnight accom- modations in Texas. The three- room safari-tent is nestled next to Comanche Creek but don’t let its rugged exterior fool you, the tent is equipped with central air and heat and is appointed as beautifully as most high-end hotels. The Sundancer has an expansive deck area, fire pit and wood-burning hot tub. The back outdoor gallery overlooks a pictur- esque waterfall.  Both the Sundancer and Grandpa’s Farmhouse are located inside the 350-acre Double F River Ranch—a working cattle ranch with both a longhorn and Angus herd. Notable amenities at the ranch include:  • Central air and heat • Full bathrooms with over-sized shower • Kitchenette with microwave, refrig- erator, and coffee maker! Fabulous grill on the deck • Fire pits • Kayaks and inner tubes (summer) included (our new shuttle service up to the bridge gives you a one-hour float trip back to the ranch) • Has the only fairy forest in all of Parker County! (Build a house for the fairies out of twigs, which keeps them coming back • Hiking trails • Much more…! Water fun can also be found along the Brazos River in areas such as Hillbilly Haven in Millsap and Rochelle’s Canoe Rental near Mineral Wells. Hillbilly Haven offers inner- tube, kayak, canoe and airboat trips along a seven-mile stretch of pristine Texas scenery. For $35, you can rent a canoe and canoe the river. For $17 a person, you can also tube the Brazos (price does include the tube to ride on). Bring your tent, or R.V. and enjoy the rural and scenic Brazos River.  6. Peddle Your Family Around the County  Places to going bicycling with your kids are plentiful around Parker County. Town Creek Hike & Bike Trail in Weatherford is our favorite. It’s 3.15 miles long and most of that is tree- lined.  Hillbilly Haven Mineral Wells State Park is another perfect place to enjoy our luscious Texas scenery by hiking or biking, camping, horseback riding or even glamping. Stay at one of the park’s campsites or screen shelters, or stay at one of the 20 equestrian camp- sites. Swim in the lake, fish or boat, or bring a chair and enjoy the tran- quility of the 640-acre Lake Mineral Wells. If you don’t have a boat, the park rents flat-bottom boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and rowboats. No skiing, tubing or jet skis allowed. Fishing: Fish Mineral Wells State Park for catfish, crappie, sunfish and large- mouth bass. Choose from six fishing piers scattered around the lake. The park loans rods, reels, and tackle boxes through the Tackle Loaner Program. Note: You do not need a fishing license at Lake Mineral Wells.  Lake Mineral Wells State Park overlook No bike. No problem. Visit the Unspoken Bike Shop. This summer, the Unspoken Bike Shop, operated by partners Josh Porter and Montanna McMasters, will be offering safety clinics for the chil- dren of Parker County. “We are planning to do one or two safety clinics to teach children road safety and awareness to keep them safe both on the road and on the Town Creek Trail,” Porter said. “We hope to educate children about the importance of safety when riding on the road or trails. Also, we hope that this program will encourage younger riders to get out and ride more since there is so much our community has to offer for riding, with more coming in the future.” Unspoken Bikes is a full-service bike shop that was created with the needs of citizens of Parker County in mind. “In 2015, Montanna and I were discussing the lack of any bicycle shops in Weatherford and Continued on page 33 21