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Texas Prairies and Lakes Region

Texas Prairies and Lakes Region

A directory of Texas Nature Tourism activities, destinations and services in the Texas Prairies and Lakes Region.

Experiencing the great outdoors ranges from "roughing it" in a cabin with central heat and air conditioning to tent camping beneath the stars at Cooper Lake State Park. With the Park's 80 miles of shoreline, visitor's can enjoy the park's spectacular scenery by boat, foot, mountain bike or on horseback or just relax and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets over a beautiful 19,300 acre lake. For more information on Cooper Lake State Park, call 903-945-5256. For reservations call 512-389-8900.

Dallas Nature Center, a 633-acre nature preserve located in SW Dallas County, offers a very different view of Dallas with 10 miles of hiking trails, easy to very rugged, picnic areas, wilderness camping, gift shop, native plant nursery, guided hikes, educational programs, volunteer programs, Summer Adventures Program (Day Camp) Non-profit supported by membership and donations for use. Family Fun Day, last Saturday of each month, $10 for whole family - Sunrise to Sunset. The facility is on the highest point in Dallas County and overlooks Grand Prairie, Joe Pool Lake and Fort Worth. Great fall color, wildflowers and sunsets! Address: 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249. Phone: 972-296-1955.

Facts about the Dallas Zoo....Founded in 1888 • Size: 85 developed acres • Over 2,000 animals, 378 species, 29 species managed through national Species Survival Plans.

Granbury Texas, a restored turn-of-the century "cover house square" town is embraced by sparkling Lake Granbury, a 30 mile long rural recreational haven for sports and nature enthusiasts. Lake Granbury has 103 miles of shoreline and 8500 acres of surface area for fishing, water sports, play and relaxation. Several campgrounds and RV parks give campers a quiet respite amidst the natural beauty of the Brazos River Valley. Just a short drive from outdoor adventures at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy nature trails and wildlife at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary - an incredible resource nestled on 289 acres of wooded hills in McKinney, Texas. The Heard is home to the only raptor rehabilitation in the region and supports wet land, tall grass prairie and forest habitats. For more information, visit the Heard at, then come visit McKinney, Texas.

Mathews Prairie Nature Preserve in Greenville, Texas is a 100-acre native prairie meadow that has never been plowed. Part of the once vast (12 million acre) Texas Blackland Prairie, it's a little piece of wild America. Through an agreement with the Texas Nature Conservancy, it will remain that way. The grasses and wildflowers that greeted early settlers still wave in the summer breezes. Native birds still feed on the seed-bearing grasses whose roots are anchored as much as 100 feet deep in the fertile Blackland soil. Birders and wildflower enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the meadow. In fact, the sea of big bluestem and indiangrass waving in the wind is a treat for everyone. To visit Mathews Prairie go west from Greenville on US 380 (about four and a half miles) and follow the signs.

Shiloh Ranch is located in beautiful Washington County near Brenham, Texas. We offer horseback riding lessons, adventure trailrides for small groups or individuals, party ponies and trick horse performances. Reasonable rates. Call 979-836-0599 for a reservation or more information. If you haven't seen Texas bluebonnets from horseback, you don't know what you are missing.

The River Legacy Living Center is located among 800 acres of natural habitat in north Arlington, Texas. The center exemplifies sustainable design architecture utilizing the recycled and recyclable construction materials. Programs for all ages encourage appreciation of natural resources, while emphasizing importance of preservation and restoration for future generations. The Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Riparian exhibit halls fees are $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 2-18. Naturalist-guided trail walks are every Saturday at 10am, and animal programs are 2pm. The Living Science Center is located at 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. Arlington, TX. Phone: 817-860-6752.

Texas Early Day Tractor & Engine Association (TEDTEA) of Temple, Texas, was established in 1971 as a 501(c) tax deductible organization with the purpose of restoring and preserving the equipment of our agricultural heritage. The annual festival is the 1st weekend in Oct. Located on a 48 acre show ground with "Heritage City", exit 320 West on Nugent off IH35 - right on Eberhardt Road, in Temple, Texas. Admission is $4 adults, children under 12 free. Enjoy agricultural demonstrations, homemade ice cream, bar-b-que and beans. Arts & Crafts, flea market, antiques.

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