Some of the best nature hikes in Texas are right around the corner from The Garden District at Southlake’s Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. The 758 acre park provides a serene escape from the bustle of Southlake’s busy urban core, with walking trails that cater to all levels of fitness.
Stroll the manicured grass paths of the .8 mile Bluebird Trail, or take a quick jaunt on the shorter loop of the White-tail Deer Trail on the Preserve. If you’d like to bring a furry companion on your hike, check out the longer Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail. Dogs and horses are welcome on this path, which winds through forest and pocket prairies all the way to Lake Grapevine and back.
In addition to the trails, there are a number of programs and special events hosted throughout the year at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve to help Southlake residents appreciate the beauty of the surrounding Eastern Cross Timbers ecosystem. Take a nature photography class, teach the little ones to enjoy nature with Pathfinders Outdoor Preschool, or enjoy wine, live music, and a silent auction at the upcoming Naturally Sweet fundraiser.