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New Nature Preserve to Open Near Nolina

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October 01, 2023

New Nature Preserve to Open Near Nolina

The Texas Hill Country is known for its array of natural formations, lakes, rivers, hiking trails and other outdoor amenities. In the not-too-distant future, there will be a new natural attraction — and this one will be just down the road from Nolina.

The Hill Country Conservancy has received a 1,205-acre donation from a private donor for a new nature preserve, the Pecan Springs Karst Preserve. Opening Sept. 23, the preserve will host conservancy-led nature hikes, café talks, bird-watching and other educational and recreational events.

The Pecan Springs Karst Preserve is located five miles west of Jarrell in north Williamson County. When visiting, keep an eye out for endangered species such as Salado salamanders, golden-cheeked warblers and tri-colored bats. The preserve is also within the Edwards Aquifer’s recharge zone, and its limestone terrain filters water through to the aquifer.

The Hill Country Conservancy’s aim is to preserve vital natural resources through conservation, community collaboration and public engagement. Its ultimate goal is to have an open space network of more than 50,000 acres that will preserve clean water, wildlife, rural character and scenic vistas. A notable project is the Violet Crown Trail, a 13-mile trail from Zilker Park to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center that will be 30 miles when complete.

You can read more about Pecan Springs Karst Preserve here.


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