Nature Preserve

Where the Wild Things Are at Pecan Springs Karst Preserve

September 22, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

“To the bat cave!” Rachael Lindsey says with a grin. We’re standing at the base of a giant cottonwood near a spring-fed stream in northern Williamson County, about an hour north of Austin.

Hike, Fish, and Play—but Watch Out for Bigfoot—at the Mineola Nature Preserve

March 28, 2019 | By Jennifer Babisak

Past the sign for a wastewater treatment plant on the southern edge of Mineola, one of the largest municipal parks in the nation awaits. The Mineola Nature Preserve sprawls 2,911 acres across garden trails, forests, wetlands, grassy fields, and river. More than 193 species of birds roam here, as well as delicate butterflies, roly polies, thundering buffalo, and Longhorn cattle.

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