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Oak Cliff Nature Preserve (Dallas County) protects 120 acres in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas that was donated to TLC in 1999 as part of a development agreement. The property is a mix of woodland and prairie habitats. The Dallas Off-Road Bicycling Association (DORBA) is our partner on this public preserve and maintains 8-miles of excellent mountain bike trails suitable for experienced mountain bikers. Please see DORBA's website for more information on biking OCNP. The trails are also open for hikers/nature walkers. Driving directions.
Cibolo Creek Preserve (Bexar County) is a 52-acre urban greenbelt along Cibolo Creek in northeast San Antonio featuring hiking trails and beautiful views. The preserve contains bluffs, a canyon, and diverse examples of native vegetation. The preserve is owned by Universal City and protected by a conservation easement held by TLC.Driving directions.
Kachina Prairie (Ellis County), 30 of only 1,000 acres of Blackland Prairie in Texas, is a nature preserve protected by a partnership between TLC and the City of Ennis. Once much more extensive in east central Texas, most Blackland Prairie habitat has been converted to other land uses. While meandering through the prairie in spring or summer, listen for Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers twittering overhead. In winter, search the brambles and dense thickets for wintering sparrows such as Lincoln’s, White-throated and perhaps Harris’s. In spring, the prairie comes alive with wildflowers complete with an array of attendant butterflies. Look for Pipevine and Spicebush Swallowtails, as well as Variegated and Gulf Fritillaries. Contact the City of Ennis for more information: 972-875-1234
Banita Creek Peserve (Nacogdoches County) is a lovely 15-acre urban preserve in downtown Nacogdoches. Walking trails criss-cross the property and meander along Banita Creekcontains 15 acres along a creek. The preserve is located at North and Rusk Streets; parking is available on Rusk. The well-known historic home of Charlotte Baker Montgomery, the donor of this nature preserve, can be seen at 1703 North Street. The house & yard are not open to the public.
Ivy's Wildlife Refuge (Anderson County) is a 465-acre natural area donated to TLC in 1987 by the late Ivy Payne. The diverse landscape of Ivy's Wildlife Refuge includes forested slopes and ravines, bottomland, shortleaf pine savanna, and creeks lined with dogwood trees. Please call Gloria McElroy in order to arrange a visit: 903-764-2605.
Lou Ann Gomez Preserve (Orange County) was donated to TLCin 1988 by the late Hy Gomez, Jr., in his daughter's memory. The preserve is 48 acres of cypress-lined bayous and marshes in the city of West Orange. The preserve is open to the public, but damage a recent hurricane has left the boardwalk damaged.