LOCAL AREA Weatherford, Texas

Growing with Tradition

Welcome to Weatherford, a historic town that is just 20 minutes west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but it is like stepping back years in time. Weatherford is known for its community and family oriented way of life that makes it one of the premier places to live in the north Texas area. Residents share a vision for Weatherford that balances its rich, western and pioneer heritage with progress and economic vitality. That is why its motto is "Growing with Tradition."

Attractions
• Lake Weatherford • Historic Weatherford Town Square • Doss Heritage and Culture Center

Shopping
• Walmarts are located in Weatherford and in nearby Hudson Oaks • New HEB in Hudson Oaks • Albertsons • Tesky's Western Store • Lowe's • Home Depot • Best Buy • Kohl's • Belk • Bed Bath & Beyond • Academy • Hobby Lobby • Michael's • JCPenney • TJ Maxx

Entertainment
• Film Alley • Splash Kingdom • City Lights

Parks
• Holland Lake Park • Soldier Springs Park • Heritage Park • Cartwright Park • Love Street Park • Cherry Park • Chandor Gardens • Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway

Golf Courses
• Sugar Tree • Canyon West • Split Rail • Squaw Creek • Oeste Ranch

Hospital
Medical City of Weatherford

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Things to Do in Weatherford

Visitors to Weatherford will enjoy many treasures and exclusive things to do, including a historic shopping district full of antique, boutique and specialty stores; museums, Chandor Gardens and the love-story to be discovered within its walls; an old-time Farmers Market; First Monday Trades Days; and a bounty of Victorian-era homes. The town's crown jewel is the Parker County Courthouse, recently restored to its original splendor.

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Nature Lovers
Chandor Gardens is Weatherford's pride and joy. Built by famed English portrait artist Douglas Chandor for his Weatherford bride, the Gardens capture both the elegance of a formal English garden and the ornate design of Chinese architecture. From the 30-foot waterfall to soothing fountains, from a bowling green to secret hideaways, Chandor Gardens will capture your awe and wonder at every turn.

Clark Gardens Botanical Park awakens your senses to the natural wonders of Texas. Clark Gardens began in 1977 and opened to the public in 2000, as the personal dream of Max and Billie Clark. By using Texas adaptive plants and through an extensive system of conserving and collecting water Clark Gardens hopes to inspire and educate those that visit. For the train enthusiasts, the Clark Gardens G-Scale model gardens trains are a must see. The Historic Tree Trail contains over 75 different historical trees each telling a story from a famous place or famous person in American History. The facility contains 12 different venues for events, picnics and meetings.

Nature Lovers - Rails-to-Trails is a 26-mile trail way that can be explored by foot, bicycle or horseback. You can enjoy the wildlife along the trail as it winds through the countryside all the way from Weatherford to Mineral Wells. Town Creek Hike and Bike Trail is 3.2 miles of trail way beginning at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. Golf enthusiasts will love Weatherford's scenic and challenging public courses, while water lovers are sure to find Lake Weatherford perfect for boating or fishing.

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Culture & History
The Doss Heritage and Culture Center highlights Parker County's rich tapestry of cattle barons and cowboys, Broadway stars, artist and political leaders will all showcased in the new exhibit spaces. Museum planners envision a lively community center that can be used for a variety of purposes including small concerts, educational programs, meetings, celebrations and events for all segments of the community. The museum will be dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the area and to educate future generations about the past.

Museum of the Americas - Located in historic downtown Weatherford, the Museum features the rich heritage and living traditions of indigenous peoples from Native America, Mexico, and Latin America. Discover how the Eskimos of Alaska and Canada developed crafts and a way of life very different from the tribes of the Amazon; or how the Plains Indians followed the buffalo while the Aztecs built great civilizations. The Museum offers hundreds of artifacts, masks, ceramics, costumes, toys and more, of interest to people of all ages.

Proximity to the National Cutting Horse Association headquarters and major events has made Weatherford the Cutting Horse Capital of the World. Weatherford is home to dozens of Hall of Fame trainers, hundreds of the best horses in the industry and one life-size bronze cutting horse that graces the lawn of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to the horse industry, there are also plenty of shops for those looking for western wear or tack. If you want to see what cutting is all about, you can catch a show on most weekends at Weatherford's Silverado on the Brazos.

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Downtown & Around
Downtown - Visitors to Weatherford will enjoy many treasures. The Historic Shopping District is full of antique, boutique and specialty stores. Many specialize in western memorabilia and rustic, ranch-style furniture. There's also an old-time Farmer's Market downtown, where you can buy fresh Parker County produce, including watermelon, pecans and the area's famous peaches. The crown jewel of downtown is the Parker County Courthouse, recently restored to its original splendor.

First Monday Trade Days – If it's wheelin' and dealin' you desire, then be sure and plan your trip during Weatherford's First Monday Trade Days, always held the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the first Monday in each month. There is a farm and ranch lot with critters, food, items for in the home, as well as lots of items for use and decoration outside.

Historic Driving Tour - Take a driving tour to see Weatherford's bounty of Historic Homes. A variety of architectural styles are represented including Victorian, Queen Anne, and Greek Revival. See the home where Broadway star Mary Martin was born, where her son Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing on the TV show “Dallas,” grew up, and where former U.S. Speaker of the House, Jim Wright, spent his boyhood days. Be sure and visit Greenwood Cemetery, where famed cattle drover Oliver Loving is buried and the story is the inspiration behind Texas author Larry McMurtry's novel, Lonesome Dove. You'll also see the Pythian Home, Weatherford's own “Castle on the Hill” that was built in 1909 by the Knights of Pythias as a home for widows and orphans.

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Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is working to raise funds to contribute toward the development of the Palo Pinto Mountains State Park that is currently taking shape. Situated approximately 40 minutes west of Sierra Vista Ranch, you'll enter the Palo Pinto Mountains. Just north of the freeway lies 4,871 acres of former ranch land that has now been designated as the Palo Pinto Mountains State Park. Uplift and erosion over eons formed these mountains. Today, plateaus with beautiful vistas overlook sheltered canyons. Palo Pinto Creek meanders near the northern border of the park and a dam on Russel Creek impounds the 90-acre Tucker Lake, the centerpiece of the park. Despite the parks ranching history, many native plants shelter and support a wide variety of wildlife. Future plans for the park include an extensive network of multiuse trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Trails will lead to remote areas of the park with expansive vistas. On Tucker Lake, you'll be able to fish, boat, swim, and bird watch. Campsites will be established and include RV sites, as well as walk-in tent sites and primitive camping areas. Although the Palo Pinto Mountains State Park is still in the design phase of development, this state park will be a beautiful asset to the area upon its completion. Check back at this link https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palo-pinto-mountains for future updates on the park's opening.


Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway sits in the heart of cattle country, just over 20-minutes from Sierra Vista Ranch, near what was once a popular health resort. You will fall in love with the area's history and scenery, but most of all with the park's outdoor amenities - a lake, a rock-climbing area, and miles of trails. There's plenty of outdoor adventures to experiences here, too, from camping to hiking to biking, to riding your own horses, and so much more, including unique activities like geocaching, rock-climbing or hosting a gathering at the park's amphitheater or group hall. On the beautiful waters of Lake Mineral Wells, you can choose to relax on or off the lake, with over 640 acres to experience and enjoy. Bring your own boat or rent one at the park and easily access the water from the provided boat ramp. The park also has flat-bottom boats with trolling motors, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and rowboats for rent. Fishing is plentiful and fun with six piers to cast your line in hopes of catching your share of catfish, sunfish, and largemouth bass. Explore 12.8 miles of park trails, ranging from lakeside to scenic, and select your mode of transportation whether by foot, bike, or horseback. Penitentiary Hollow is one of the few natural rock-climbing venues in North Texas and you will find it here at Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway! The park's Ranger Programs offer a wide variety of educational courses for kids of all ages, including Kids' Wilderness Survival, cowboy history through music and poetry, astronomy, wildflower walk, and more! This is truly a place where the entire family will love coming back often to play, explore, and make memories.


The Baker Hotel and Spa

Travel less than 25 minutes from Sierra Vista Ranch and be transported back in time at The Baker Hotel and Spa. As a celebrated Mineral Wells landmark since 1929, The Baker Hotel and Spa is being historically renovated and restored over a three-year period, so it can once again be known as a premier resort destination. With 165 luxurious guest rooms and 14 elegant stories, The Baker Hotel and Spa is the place to escape the stress and fast-paced world of today and go back to a simpler time. The revived 14-story Spanish Colonial Revival tower will feature a spa, convention and business facilities, event ballrooms, a restaurant, coffee shop, and retail options. Blending historic architectural design with new technology, the hotel hopes to cater to the modern-day guests and provide upscale amenities adapted to their present-day lifestyle.

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Possum Kingdom Lake
Located in the rugged canyon country of the Brazos River Valley, Possum Kingdom Lake offers over 17,000 acres and more than 300 miles of shoreline, noting it as one of the most beautiful and popular lakes in North Texas. This majestic lake is situated just 45-minutes from Sierra Vista Ranch and 80-miles west of Fort Worth. Famous for the huge cliffs that line the walls of the south end of the lake, Possum Kingdom Lake has clear blue waters that are perfect for fishing or recreational boating. Scuba diving and snorkeling are also popular on this lake. Hiking and biking on the many trails criss-cross the hills surrounding this lake, provide a fun adventure on the weekend for many residents and visitors. Possum Kingdom State Park is on the west side of the lake and has some of the best camping you will find in all of Texas. The Brazos River Authority has several park and camping areas located on the east side of the lake on a peninsula that extends well into the lake. One of the most popular visitor's attractions is Hell's Gate Possum Kingdom Lake. This area is well known for the break in the high cliff walls that lead back into a huge cove area. The area is very popular in the summer for boaters to get together and tie up for the day.

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The Brazos River
The Brazos River was named the Rio de los Brazos de Dios by early Spanish explorers (translated as “The River of the Arms of God”). It is the longest river in Texas and the 11th longest river in the United States at 1,280 miles from its headwater source stretching from New Mexico to the Gulf of Mexico. The Brazos River offers a wide range of recreational opportunities and water sports for the entire family to enjoy! Boat, swim, fish, kayak, and explore hiking and biking trails, as well as many beautiful parks to explore along this beautiful waterway!

Big City Conveniences Nearby

Known for its pleasing blend of North Texas Hill Country charm and modern conveniences, the area around Sierra Vista Ranch offers a diverse set of activities and events that are sure to appeal to all ages and interests. For a big city venture out of the beautiful North Texas Hill Country, the major cities of Fort Worth and Dallas are both just over an hour's drive from your new ranch homesite.

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