Intro to the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve

Enjoy this special opportunity to learn about management techniques, including prescribed fire and brush management, employed by The Nature Conservancy on this 4,083 acre preserve dedicated to the BCP. The Nature Conservancy has managed the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve (BCHP) since it was acquired in 1994. Their land management strategies enhance habitat for endangered golden-cheeked warblers and black-capped vireos. Four miles of Barton Creek also flow within its boundaries, allowing a significant section of this locally famous creek to be conserved for future generations. Interestingly, the creek continued to flow during the summer of 2006 despite extreme drought conditions, illustrating the important connection between wildlands and the waterways they can help sustain. Ages 12 and up.


Considerations:

The hike will be on a moderately challenging trail on rocky, rugged slopes. Participants need to bring the water they will need and where closed-toe shoes appropriate for hiking. If desired, they may bring snacks for the trail and are encouraged to wear sun protection. Facility with restroom facilities and running water will be available. No pets are permitted within the preserve


Directions:

From Mopac south,  Exit Southwest Parkway make a right to get on SW Parkway.

SW Parkway will T into HWY 71 in 6.7 miles, go Right 2.1 miles.  At FM 2244 (Bee Caves Rd) make a Right.  At the second light (Resaca) turn Right.  Turn Left towards Lake Hills Church, make an immediate Right onto gravel road.  Make right at rock pillars into parking lot, follow trail down to gate.

From 183 take 360 south exit FM 2244 go right 8-10 miles turn left on Resaca (light at Lake Hills Church) turn left towards church parking lot, make an immediate Right onto gravel road.  Make right at rock pillars into parking lot, follow trail down to gate.

From 620 south turn left on HWY 71, next left onto FM 2244 make a Right at the second light (Resaca),  turn Left towards Lake Hills Church parking lot, make an immediate Right onto gravel road.  Make right at rock pillars into parking lot, follow trail down to gate.

From 2244 and Mopac, Exit FM 2244, once you go under the 360 bridge go 8-10 miles. Turn left on Resaca (light at Lake Hills Church) turn left towards church parking lot, make an immediate Right onto gravel road.  Make right at rock pillars into parking lot, follow trail down to gate.


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  • Dianne Stack M.

    What a privilege to visit this preserve. I enjoyed learning how and why the preserve exists and why it's important to continue with its management, monitoring, and protection.

    July 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was wonderful - thanks for opening up this preserve to the public. Most excellent.

    1 · June 22

  • Bill M.

    Excellent

    June 21

  • Alison M.

    What an interesting hike; many thanks to the Nature Conservancy!

    1 · June 21

  • Cynthia

    Sorry to miss, didn't get message off wait until now.....too late to get there :-(

    June 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too bad Brian - would have been nice to see you. Andrea

    June 21

  • Brian L.

    Last minute cancellation...so sorry...if you are on the waiting list please go!

    June 21

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