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Local Nature Areas & Trails
Collin County - Topographical Map
Trinity Trail Preservation Association A 9-mile long Scenic trail on Lake Lavon for hikers, nature lovers and horse owners.
Freshwater Fishing at Lake Lavon This lake is noted for crappie fishing, especially in winter and spring.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Hi-res GIS Elevation Map for Mt. Biking Explore the lush meadows, fractured by a rippling creek, which is home to rabbits and other wildlife. Hiking, biking and nature.
Plano Parks Trail Maps , Main Locator Map 1, 2 (for individual map downloads and park details)
Maps of each individual recreational trail are available in our Download Center. Click here to choose the one you'd like to see or print. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Bluebonnet Trail - East, Bluebonnet Trail - West, Bob Woodruff Park, Chisholm Trail - North, Chisholm Trail - South, Hoblitzelle Park, Preston Ridge Trail - North, Preston Ridge Trail - South, Russell Creek Park, Santa Fe Trail, Steeplechase Park, White Rock Trail Park & Old Shepard's Place Park.
Welcome to the Heard Museum
The Heard Museum and nature area in McKinney, Texas.
The Connemara Conservancy
It is our vision that future generations will ponder the stars and touch the grass - and that with each touch, they too will love the land. We will therefore continue to preserve as much open space as possible; undeveloped land with scenic, ecological, or other unique conservation values. .
Sister Grove Park, Download Hi-res Elevation and Aerial Maps ; Photos

Erwin Park Trail, Elevation Map

Incredible hike/bike and nature trails. Lots of ups, downs and wind-arounds. map
Lake Lavon Recreational Resources , Lake Map
A variety of links and resources for the Lake Lavon area.
The Butterflies of Collin County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Collin Co. - Texas Trail Network
Since 1992, the Texas Trails Network (TTN) has been promoting quality development and management of trails, providing a forum to address trail-related concerns, and advocating a statewide trails system network.
Allen Area Trails Map A large, detailed PDF map of the trails surrounding the Allen, TX area.
Parkhill Prairie Preserve A 436-acre preserve located in northeast Collin County. The park features a 52-acre relic of the Blackland tall-grass prairie and provides magnificent views of the countryside
City of Frisco Hike and Bike Trails Many miles of trails throughout the Frisco area.
Dallas County - Topographical Map   
89 Parks and Nature Preserves in Dallas Addresses and maps to 89 parks and nature preserves of varying sizes in Dallas
Snakes of Dallas Fort Worth and Nearby Vicinities In the Dallas Fort Worth vicinity, there are at least 39 varieties of snakes. Of these 39, only 7 are venomous. Fortunately these are relatively easy to identify. For any assistance with identifying a snake you have found you can either consult this guide or email a jpeg of the snake in question (email).
Trinity River Expeditions - Canoe Trips on the Trinity in the Great Trinity Forest Trinity River Expeditions offers canoe access to the natural areas along the Trinity River in the Dallas area.

A Day on The Land - adventures in canoeing the Trinity in near-Urban environments.

Dallas Park and Recreation Department Hike and Bike Trail Map Area map with hotspots for local hike and bike trails. Click the links to get downloadable PDF file describing the trails. To download the files, right click on the links, then click "... save target as."
Gateway Park Trail Numerous natural trails meander through limestone bluffs overlooking the Great Trinity Forest. The trails meander up and down the cliffs.
Scyene Overlook Nature Area This is a beautiful, but secluded, natural area. Take some friends with you since it is never a good idea to go alone into secluded areas.
Calabria Nature Preserve, Cedar Hill Greenbelt Parks
750 W. FM 1382, approximately 51 acres. This property is an undeveloped special use nature preserve.
Texas Outside Interactive Map Dallas Interactive map leading to many recreational resources in the Dallas County region
California Crossing and LB Houston Nature area

Map, Bike Trails

Nature Trails on Wildwood (cross street to California Crossing at the river). Excellent trail system. (Keep an eye out for water moccasins and rattlesnakes)

Hiking trails along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, through deeply wooded river bottoms and around wetlands provide excellent wildlife watching opportunities early in the morning and at dusk. Trails are very muddy so be prepared. California Crossing near the Nat'l Guard Armory (a small lake and off-road bike trail).

Good trail system off parking area on East side Wildwood. approx 300 acres. A group of four unpaved hiking trails (1.5 - 4 miles) in a dense wilderness area run along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Off-road bicycling is not permitted.

Trail and Preserve Program - Preserve Map Pages Home page for the Trail and Preserve Program
Preserve Map Pages. These programs are an effort to increase the level of eco-recreation for the urbanites who need it desperately.
Fish Creek Forest Preserve (Grand Prairie) A 47 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Cedar Mountain Preserve
(Cedar Hill)
A 87 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Lester Lorch Park (Cedar Hill) A 87 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Windmill Hill Preserve (DeSoto) A 75 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Tenmile Creek Preserve
(Lancaster)
A 57 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Post Oak Preserve (Seagoville) A 335 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Palmetto Alligator Slough Preserve (Dallas Co. SE) A 282 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program. Access by permit only at this time.
Riverbend Preserve
(Dallas Co. SE)
A 252 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Goat Island Preserve
(Dallas Co. SE)
A 280 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
McCommas Bluff Preserve
(Dallas SE)
A 111 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Joppa Preserve (Dallas SE) A 294 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
North Mequite Creek Preserve
(Mesquite)
A 22 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Muddy Creek Preserve
(Sachse and Wylie )
A 206 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Rowlett Creek Preserve (Garland) A 97 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Space Program.
Lee F. Jackson Spring Creek Forest Preserve (Garland) A 83 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Spring Creek Preserve (Garland) A 33 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest It is very unlikely that any other forest like the one along Spring Creek exists in the nation. Over 550 species of plants & animals have been observed.
Elm Fork Preserve (Carrollton) A 44 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Grapevine Springs Preserve
(Coppell)
A 17 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Trinity River Mountain Creek Preserve (Irving) A 55 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
Cottonwood Creek Preserve
(Wilmer)
A 220 acre nature preserve and hiking trail system. Part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program.
The White Rock Heritage District To preserve, restore, and enhance the greenway of White Rock Creek and connect White Rock Lake, Fair Park, the Great Trinity Forest, and the Trinity River with this greenway.
Campión Trails , Campion Trails for Bike and Hike, Map Campión Trails is Irving's effort to develop a local greenbelt trail that will connect to the regional trail system linking all cities within the Metroplex.
Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Farm Sanctuary Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit wildlife rescue organization specializing in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, sick, or orphaned birds, farm animals and wildlife. RWRC is the only all-species avian rehabilitation facility, USDA-licensed farm sanctuary, environmental education center and wildlife preserve in North Texas. See the Mission Statement and History.
Cedar Ridge Preserve (formerly Dallas Nature Center) now under the the management of Dallas Audubon, Trail Map
The area covers 633 acres, with 10 miles of hiking trails, and boasts one of the highest elevations in the Metroplex at 755 feet above sea level. This preserve is a part of the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program and under the management of the Audubon Society.
Sierra Club Outings and Day Hikes, Newsletter, Calendar (see the Newsletter for more Calendar entries), To Join/Get Involved

For those in the western regions of NCT, here is the Lone Star Chapter of the Serra Club and the northern region the Cross Timbers Chapter.

The entire regional area is covered geographically by a regional chapter of the state chapter, the Texas Lone Star Chapter. The Dallas Chapter Sierra Club is the topical chapter to the left.
Dallas Chapter Audubon Club
The mission of Audubon Dallas is the conservation of birds and other wildlife, the protection of habitat and biodiversity, and the provision of education and opportunities for our entire community to observe and appreciate birds and nature.
Scenic White Rock Lake Park
AN UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF WHITE ROCK LAKE PARK
White Rock Lake
New information on the proposed White Rock Lake Nature Preserve.
City of Irving Parks Trail System
A list of links with directions and info for trail resources in the Irving Parks and Recreation system.
Breckinridge Park - Richardson
Located in the heart of Richardson, Breckinridge Park is a 379-acre nature area. The park has a softball complex, soccer fields, playgrounds, trails and a 10-acre lake. Flora of Breckinridge Park.
Windmill Hill Nature Preserve
Located at Wintergreen and Duncanville roads, Windmill Hill is a great place for hiking! These 75 acres of land have been set aside by the City of DeSoto and Dallas County as a nature preserve. DeSoto has a 99-year lease from Dallas County on this property.

The Trinity River Corridor In North Central Texas

Trinity Trails System,
Fort Worth Section Map West Map East,
NCTCOG Bike Web with Components of the Trinity Trails System and Maps,
Trinity River Corridor Project,
Denton Branch of the Trail
Dallas County Branch

Not only is this trails system designed for pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian use but also the plan includes canoeing and kayaking as well.

Kayak 2010, Trinity River Expeditions, KayakPower

"...a continuous public-access recreation corridor with a multi-use trail along the Trinity River Corridor in North Central Texas including all of Dallas and its suburban areas, northward to the Red River and westward throughout all of Fort Worth."

The most significant development in our regional trail system in our lifetime. Millions of dollars have recently been earmarked for the trails system expansion!! The Trinity River Common Vision in the The Great Trinity Forest

COMMON VISION FOR THE TRINITY RIVER CORRIDOR

Since 1990 there have been hundreds of meetings, discussions, public forums, newsletter articles, newspaper columns, radio talk shows and TV news bites about the Trinity River. In the early 1990s they continued to pound on the problems of the Trinity -- dead bodies found along the river banks, water pollution from an industry, and so forth.

Over the last few years, the focus has changed. While there are still problems, now much of the attention is on the future of the Trinity River -- and most of it is presented as positive. Successful bond elections. River festivals. New funding for the next trails segment. New education programs and facilities. Editorials lauding citizen efforts. Statements by the Mayor of Dallas stressing the importance of the Trinity to the city. A new vision of the Trinity River has emerged -- a COMMON VISION --

  • SAFE Trinity River, with stabilization and reduction of flooding risks
  • CLEAN Trinity River, with fishable and swimmable waters
  • ENJOYABLE Trinity River, with recreational opportunities linked by a trails system within a world-class greenway
  • NATURAL Trinity River, with preservation and restoration of riparian and cultural resources
  • DIVERSE Trinity River, with local & regional economic, transportation and other public needs addressed
Campión Trails, Irving
Irving's Trinity River Greenbelt and Parks Master Plan for its portion of the Trinity River.
Joe Pool Lake Trails
A variety of hiking and biking opportunities exist at the park systems around Joe Pool Lake.
Duck Creek Greenbelt Park - Garland , Map
The 3.1-mile loop runs through a wooded area along Duck Creek. It is part of a larger trail that runs through Audubon, Gatewood and Greenbrook parks.
Hike and Bike Trails In The DFW Area; TrailLink Dallas; TrailLink Fort Worth; TrailLink Denton
Community trails listing for the Metroplex.
The Butterflies of Dallas County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Dallas Co. - Texas Trail Registry
Dallas County Trails Information, Sponsored by the Texas Department of Health, prepared by Elizabeth Graves @ The Texas Trails Registry
Spring Creek Forest Preserve
The pristine bottomland and forest in the floodplain of Spring Creek was a haven of towering trees and unusual wildflowers on the edge of a dynamic North Garland community.
Trails in the City of Carrollton Park System
A listing of parks in Carrollton including those with nature and wildlife study areas. Elm Fork Nature Preserve.
North Central Texas Birding
A compendium of bird watching sightings and photos in and around Dallas County.
Dallas Park and Recreation Department Hike and Bike Trailmap The Dallas Park and Recreation Department maintains more than 21,000 park acres including 17 lakes with 4,400 surface acres of water at 17 park sites,  17,196 acres of greenbelt / park land, and 61.60 miles of jogging and bike trails at 24 locations

Most of the major Hike/Bike trails for the Dallas County area are listed on this interactive map. Several examples follow.

Hulcy Park Trail Short, easy trail 15 miles south of downtown Dallas that has a remote and wooded area.
Boulder Park Trail, maps A one-mile trail 10 miles SW of downtown Dallas near Executive Airport. Year-around hiking and mountain biking.
Glendale Park Trail, map This scenic 1.7 mile trail in SE Oak Cliff meanders through the park and follows 5-mile creek. Large trees and plenty of elbow room make this a great spot for hiking and biking.
Raymond W. Williams Hike and Bike Trail You will find this pleasant and artsy (sculpture garden) park 5 miles south of downtown. The nearly one-mile trail is framed by large trees and follows Five-mile creek.
Fireside Park Trail This concrete 1.2 mile trail crosses Prairie Creek in several areas and takes you through rolling terrain as it follows Prairie Creek. It has been called one of the prettiest trails in Dallas.
Crawford Park Trail Once the hangout of the famous outlaw Belle Starr, this trail has numerous natural trails interconnecting with it. Over 4 miles of trails 14-miles SE of downtown.
John C. Phelps Trail This 1.3 mile asphalt trail, located in Southeast Oak Cliff meanders along 20 acres through a heavily wooded area to 6-acre Wonderview Park.
Texas Buckeye Trail and Trail Videos 
 
http://www.texasbuckeyetrail.org - This site has a downloadable trail map and exact directions on how to get there! It is a project in work that will include Flora and Fauna of the Forest, Natural History, Human History, etc. Also, FREE guided hikes are available by TX Master Naturalist volunteers.
A primitive three-quarter mile spur from this trail will take visitors to truly unique place in the Great Trinity Forest, a large grove of Texas Buckeye trees (Aesculus arguta) on the Trinity River in Dallas.
Lake Cliff Park Trail This 1-mile trail winds through the park which has a lake surrounded by towering oak trees.
Gateway Park Trail Numerous natural trails (1-3 miles) meander through limestone bluffs overlooking the Great Trinity Forest. The area used to be an American Indian campground where lookouts were posted on the natural limestone bluffs. The trails meander up and down the cliffs.
Katy Trail Built on the abandoned MKT (Katy) railroad, this 4-mile paved railtrail is now a bike and pedestrian highway.
Katie Jackson Trail This .3-mile trail loops through Katie Jackson Park along some beautiful natural areas. (Listed in the mapsco as Idlewyld Trail) The area is a refuge for thousands of species of wildlife.
Dallas County Trail Plan: Trails for the 21st Century

The Plan on Dallas County's Web Site, map

Bowman-Melton Associates provided trails research, concept development, technical analysis, and document development for the award-winning Dallas County Trail Plan: Trails for the 21st Century, a 500-mile countywide 30-city bicycle, pedestrian, equestrian and canoe trail network. Wow! You Go Bud!!
City of Garland Trails Many miles of trails ranging from concrete accessible to all natural wilderness.
Denton County - Topographical Map  
Eight Mile Rail Trail, photos, map

Seven railroad trestles were converted to pedestrian bridges and 18 highway grade crossings were constructed for safe bike and pedestrian crosswalks and public access points.

Mura Trail in Lake Ray Roberts SP

Bald Eagle nesting area, secluded lake coves, waterfowl everywhere.

Freshwater Fishing at Lake Grapevine, Lake Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts - Regional List

Local fishing holes for Denton County and the surrounding region.

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Environmental education activities at LLELA are currently spearheaded at the Cicada Wetland Trail, located just below the Lewisville Lake Dam. This approximately 1.5 mile natural surface trail winds through two different wetland areas and a riparian hardwood forest along the historic Elm Fork channel of the Trinity River.
The Natural History of the LLELA Federal Wildlife Management Area.
Forest, Prairies, Aquatic, Species ListSimple Map, Volunteer Opportunities
See the Trails Link below for LLELA trails detail.
Compared with the surrounding landscape, wildlife are very abundant at LLELA. Bobcat, coyote, mink, and white-tailed deer can be found within the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA).
Trails of Denton County
  See trails for Denton County, Flower Mound, Denton City, LLELA, Ray Roberts and more. Makes use of the latest consumer mapping technology including Google Maps 5.0 and iPhone touring apps.
Provide information about the walking, hiking, biking, and equestrian trails in Denton County using Google Earth 5.0 for mapping the trails and Google Sites for the central website for pictures and general information. Whenever possible, videos, slide shows, and historic information are provided for visitors.
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Details on Ray Roberts Lake State Park. The Isle du Bois Unit, Pilot Point, TX was the first public recreational area on Ray Roberts Lake. Now there are several.
Grapevine Lake , Rockledge/Northshore Trail, Horseshoe Trail
Hiking and biking Lake Grapevine's North Shore Trail. Map

Silver Lake Nature Trail
Constructed in 1996 as an Eagle Scout Project, this natural surface trail is approximately 3/8 of a mile in length. The area is mainly used for off-road bicycle trail riders.

Bluestem Nature Trail Named for a native prairie grass which can still be found in the Cross Timbers region, this natural surface trail is a little less than 1/2 mile in length. Located in Twin Coves Campground, the trail is for use by campers only or by special arrangement through the Grapevine Lake Office. When hiking on the trail be aware of poison ivy and stinging insects. An interpretive brochure is available from the campground gate attendant.
North Texas Greenbelt Park
A wilderness area with approximately 10 miles of multi-use trails and waterways for bicyclists, equestrians, hikers, kayakers and others between Lakes Lewisville and Ray Roberts.
Greenbelt Hike/Bike/Equestrian Trail Web Site
The trail is located between Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Lewisville.
The Butterflies of Denton County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Ellis County - Topographical Map  
Fishing at Lake Waxahachie Lake Waxahachie offers big city anglers a chance to get away from it all.
Bardwell Lake Trails
Hiking trails along Bardwell Lake near Ennis.
Bardwell Lake, Fishing
Bardwell Lake home page.
The Butterflies of Ellis County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Erath County - Topographical Map  
The Butterflies of Erath County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Hood County - Topographical Map  
Fishing on Lake Granbury Striped bass fishing can be very good on this long, sinuous reservoir.
The Butterflies of Hood County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Granbury City Parks Hike/Bike Trail , Map The Moments in Time Hike/Bike Trail was built in 2006. It is an eight-foot wide concrete trail traversing 2.17 miles from the Granbury Airport to Shanley Park/Houston Street Park, north of the Historic Downtown Square. Parking locations and restroom facilities are located along the trail
Hunt County - Topographical Map  
Lake Tawokoni, Sabine River Authority
Recreational opportunities at Lake Tawokoni.
Lennox Woods Preserve , 2  (near Hunt County)
One of the most beautiful and pristine old-growth forests in the state, Lennox Woods Preserve is a vital refuge for several rare species of plant and animal communities.

Located about 10 miles from Clarksville, this 375-acre tract is managed by the Nature Conservancy. Natural communities include old-growth bottomland hardwood forest, pine-oak upland forest, and a small pecan bayou along an intermittent stream. This is some of the oldest remaining forest in Texas. Some of the post oak trees are 300 years old, and the loblolly pine trees are around 200 years old. This is an important habitat for species that prefer old-growth forests, such as pileated and red-cockaded woodpeckers. The rare Arkansas meadow-rue can also be found here

The Butterflies of Hunt County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Johnson County - Topographical Map  
Pat Cleburne Lake This reservoir offers good largemouth bass fishing and the opportunity to catch three different species of catfish.
Cleburne State Park
Recreational opportunities in Johnson County's Pat Cleburne State Park.
The Butterflies of Johnson County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Kaufman County - Topographical Map  
Cedar Creek Islands Wildlife Mgmt Area
Three islands totaling 160 acres in Cedar Creek Reservoir with trails and nature viewing opportunities.
The Butterflies of Kaufman County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Navarro County - Topographical Map  
Richland Chambers Reservoir Richland Chambers is an excellent choice for anglers seeking catfishes, crappie, white bass or hybrid stripers.
Navarro Mills Lake , Maps
Map of parklands within the Corps of Engineers Navarro Mills Lake region.
Richland Creek Wildlife Mgmt Area
13,796 acres northwest of Palestine, Freestone and Navarro counties with outdoor recreation opportunities including wildlife viewing, bicycling, fishing, and hiking.
The Butterflies of Navarro County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Palo Pinto County - Topographical Map  
Lake Palo Pinto and Possum Kingdom Lake Palo Pinto County fishing holes and recreation spots. VERY hilly terrain, deep water, great fishing. Scenic.
Brazos River Recreation
A portion of the Brazos River system winding through scenic Palo Pinto County provides numerous, excellent recreational opportunities.
Brazos River Canoeing
Maps for canoe enthusiasts for the Brazos below the Possum Kingdom Dam.
Possum Kingdom Lake , Hike/Bike Trail Map
Clickable recreation locator map for Possum Kingdom Lake.
Possum Kingdom State Park
Possum Kingdom State Park, west of Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County, is 1528.7 acres adjacent to Possum Kingdom Lake.
The Butterflies of Palo Pinto County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Parker County - Topographical Map  
Lake Weatherford, Lake Mineral Wells, Several species of sunfish (bream) are available. They are best caught in the summer on small hooks baited with worms under a sizeable cork. Lots of fun and good to eat, too!
Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Lake Mineral Wells State Park, located east of Mineral Wells in Parker County, consists of 3282.5 acres, encompassing Lake Mineral Wells. The Trailway is 20 miles long and ten feet wide. The 2 miles of surface from the downtown Mineral Wells trailhead toward the east is asphalt; the remaining 18 miles is finely crushed and screened limestone.
Holland Lake Park
The municipal park is a 10-acre living museum of nature with a marked nature trail that explores three different ecosystems.
The Butterflies of Parker County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Rockwall County - Topographical Map  
Lake Ray Hubbard Hybrid striped bass and blue catfish have become the most abundant sport fishes in the lake in the last few years.
The Butterflies of Rockwall County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Somervell County - Topographical Map  
Squaw Creek Reservoir White bass anglers know this lake well as a high quality fishery, especially during the spring spawning run. However the lake offers very good fishing for hybrid striped bass, channel catfish and crappie as well.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, is a 1524.72-acre, scenic park set astride the Paluxy River.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Nonprofit learning and conservation center and wildlife refuge.
The Butterflies of Somervell County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Tarrant County - Topographical Map  
Crosstimbers Connection     CrossTimbers Connection on FaceBook

Crosstimbers Connection takes small groups of kids and family members out to see reptiles, amphibians, and other wildlife in north Texas. Walking through the woods, creeks, and prairies, we get a chance to see the animals that live there and learn about how they live.

We do this at no charge, because we believe it is important to give kids and families more opportunities of this kind.

Texas Outside Interactive Map Fort Worth Interactive map leading to many recreational resources in the Tarrant County region.
Eagle Mt Lake, Grapevine Lake, Joe Pool Lake, Lake Arlington, Lake Benbrook and Lake Worth Tarrant County fishing holes and recreation spots for the DFW Metroplex.
Fort Worth Nature Center
An excellent hiking and nature study area within the Metroplex area.
Fort Worth Birding Hotspots
Village Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant Drying Beds is a bit of a mouthful, so most people call it Village Creek Drying Beds (VCDB) or just Village Creek. The 240-acre site comprises of c. 45 two-acre ponds surrounded by a levee, plus some swampy woodland and damp meadows just outside the levees. This is just one site of many.
Fort Worth Audubon Society
The Fort Worth Chapter of the Audubon Society.
River Legacy Park , Living Science Center
A 12,000-square-foot River Legacy Living Science Center, terraria, aquaria and interactive exhibits introduce visitors to the natural world in Arlington, Texas.
Some Hike and Bike Trails In Tarrant Co.
Listing of Hike and Bike Trails in Tarrant County.
Trinity Trails of Fort Worth
These scenic trails currently extend more than 35 miles along the historic Trinity river, and future plans include connecting Fort Worth trails with the Arlington trail system.
The Butterflies of Tarrant County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Wise County - Topographical Map  
Lake Bridgeport, Fort Richardson State Park, Trail Map
Links and maps for Lake Bridgeport and the region
LBJ National Grasslands, Multi-Use Trail,  LBJ Trail System, LBJ Grassland Map
The 20,324-acre Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands are located in North Central Texas, near Decatur. Boating, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting and picnicking facilities are available.
The Butterflies of Wise County
A listing from the Butterflies and Moths Of North America from the Big Sky Institute of Montana State Univ.
Regional Areas  

GET OUTDOORS WHEREVER YOU ARE !!!
Use the National Wildlife Federation
NATURE FIND

Find kid-friendly nature resources everywhere and anywhere!

DFW Area State Parks
Recreation and nature activities opportunities abound within Texas State Parks of the North Central Texas region.

DFW BikeWeb Home Page
The Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail Information System for Dallas-Fort Worth. This site provides a wealth of information about existing and future bicycle and pedestrian trails in the DFW metropolitan planning area with am interactive map.

Trinity Trails System
Details on the Trinity Trail System Nature, Hiking, and Recreation areas in North Central Texas.

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Directions to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Sherman, TX., on Lake Texoma.

Texas National Wildlife Refuges
GORP's Texas National Wildlife Refuges/Marine Sanctuaries listings.

Texas State Parks - Prairies and Lakes Region
TPWD - Texas State Parks - Prairies and Lakes Region Click on a park (numbered) or major city (red dot) in the map below, or choose from the corresponding list of parks.

Texas Lakes - Prairies and Lakes Region
TPWD offering for fishing and recreation

Natural Resource Conservation Service base map for North Texas
Technical guides are the primary scientific references for NRCS. They contain technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources.

Refuge Net
National Wildlife Refuge lists and links.

Texas Trails Network Everything you need to know about trails in Texas

Texas Corps Projects
Area lakes with Corps of Engineers campsites.

Bardwell
Benbrook Lake
Grapevine Lake
Joe Pool Lake
Lavon Lake
Lewisville Lake
Navarro Mills
Ray Roberts Lake
A listing of links to Army Corps of Engineers lake sites in Texas with area lakes highlighted.

Regional Area Trail Funding
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved the allocation of $2.2 million in federal funds for Texas trail projects at its Aug. 31 meeting. The recreational trail projects will provide new or improved opportunities for hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, off-road motor vehicle enthusiasts and nature viewers.

Scenic Routes in North & North Central Texas
An excellent resource for those who enjoy viewing the outdoor splendor of North Texas by automobile. Here you'll find regional tour information with maps, planned routes, and review of nearby parks and recreational areas. Entertainment with hometown flavor.

Dallas Area Birding
Birding sightings, pictures, and species review in and around the Dallas County area.

TPWD Freshwater Fishing Guide for North Central Texas, Additional link
Click an area on the map or name of a lake for detailed lake information and directions.

Texas Hiking
Texas Hiking is your guide to the many opportunities to experience the wonder of the state of Texas as it was meant to be, on horseback excluded of course. We're building up a database of hiking trails all over Texas and will highlight them with descriptions and photos as fast as we can.

Texas Outside Interactive Map for North Texas
This resource is an interactive map where the user can click on to multiple levels of details. Links include regional, county and city parks with trails and recreational opportunities galore.


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Nature Study Resources
Regional

Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of North Texas and the Cross Timbers Area
A training program by experts to develop knowledgeable volunteers to serve as community mentors for public programs on wildlife, native plants, and stewardship for our natural resources. Best regional resource bar none!

The Wetland Habitat Alliance Of Texas
To preserve, reclaim, and enhance wetland habitat in the state of Texas in a manner that promotes the wise use of our natural resources and the progress of our society.

Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth Zoo Home Page.

The Nature Conservancy of Texas
The Nature Conservancy operates the largest private system of nature sanctuaries in the world--more than 1,500 preserves in the United States alone. Some are postage-stamp size, others cover thousands of acres. All of them safeguard imperiled species of plants and animals.

Texas Wildlife Association
Disseminates informative and educational material on wildlife, legislative issues, regulatory matters, scientific findings, private property rights, management techniques and member news through a monthly magazine, Texas Wildlife, and through special mailings, exhibits, and productions.

Texas Audubon, Dallas Audubon
The Audubon Council of Texas is a statewide network of Audubon Chapters that strives to achieve Audubon's conservation objectives.

Texas Environmental Almanac
The Texas Environmental Almanac provides current and historical facts, figures, and legislative information on the current condition of Texas water, land, and air.

GORP - Texas Resource Listings
A long, long list of Texas Natural Resource and Recreation links.

Texas State Parks and Historic Sites
These pages will give you access to almost anything you would like to know about camping and other activities at Texas State Parks.

Fishing Report - Inland, Fishing location maps
Weekly fishing reports on area lakes.

Get A Net!!
Guide to fishing on Lone Star Lakes.

General

National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation Home Page.

Natural History Museums and Collections
Huge listing of Natural History museums.

Northern Prairie Science Center
The mission of Northern Prairie's Grasslands Ecosystem Initiative is work with others to assess the biotic resources of the Great Plains, to facilitate information sharing among agencies, organizations, and individuals, and to synthesize that information.

UT Biodiversity Resources and Collections
A rich diversity and wealth of natural history collections reside in various divisions of the University of Texas at Austin. This list offers electronic visits to this collection via the World Wide Web.

Texas Gulf Coast Birding and Naturalist Web
For those interested in birds, butterflies, herps, wildflowers and/or environmental conservation in Texas, we are compiling articles, checklists, maps and links.

Select Your County for Reptile and Amphibian Checklists  From the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collections at TAMU.


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