National Parks / Natural World
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Plano
Where are we going today?
If you're ready for a nature filled family day out, and happen to be in Texas, head for Arbor Hills Nature Preserve!
This 200 acre park is perfect for the family, as it's filled with hiking and biking trails, park space and a playground! There is a ton of natural beauty fo you to enjoy.
If you have active kids, the trail are perfect as there are miles of hiking, walking and jogging trails, so you can take it all at your own pace.
With 3 miles of paved trails, 3 miles of unpaved trails perfect for walking, and nearly 3 miles of off-road cycling trails, there is certainly enough to keep you entertained and moving!
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is also a great place to get out and enjoy orienteering - a fun adventure for the whole family.
For those little ones, there is plenty of park space to run around in, play, be creative and hide. There is also a fun playground for them to climb around on too!
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is also a great way for kids to learn about the plants and wildlife, as well as conservation. There are a number of different habitats within the preserve, including upland forest, Riparian forest with shrubs and vines, and blackland prairies. The wildlife you might be spotting are always so much fun when you finally do! From owls to egrets and even those noisy woodpeckers...if you're lucky you might see a bobcat or coyote in the Upland Forest, although these are rarely seen.
It's worth noting that wildlife can be affected by humans 200ft either side of the trail, so be careful when you're there!
A wonderful and nature inspired family day out in Texas! Don't forget your hats...it can get warm in those summer months! (And winter for that matter!)
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
5am - 11pm
All year round
There isn't anywhere in the preserve to purchase food, but there are plenty of places to pick something up in Plano.
Make sure you always bring with you healthy snacks and bottled water, especially in the summer.
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you take a hat and sunscreen!.
Doing our bit
The parks and recreation do their best to keep this preserve as nature intended, so help them out by clean ing up after yourselves and not disturbing any wildlife .
Need a little extra help?
There are paved trails which are suitable for wheelchair users.
Skate boarding and long boarding are prohibited in Plano. .
What people are saying?
by Doug Caldwell
A wilderness setting in the highly suburban environment of Collin County. Concrete walking trails and dirt tracks through out the preserve. Well maintained by the City of Plano. Enjoy your walks or ride your bikes along the dirt trails. Man's best friend is very welcome just pick up after them...please. Free poop bags available on trail to help you.
by Levi Spears
Great place from a trails and space perspective, can be a bit of a zoo at peak times being so easily accessible to the metro areas. Mountain biking loop is fun without anything too tough for beginners, and the paved trails are a good workout with some climbs and fun downhills if you can avoid the pedestrians. Fun all year around.
by William Bishop
Great place for walking trails.
I'm adding an edit because I noticed that some people are knocking stars off because it's hot in the middle of summer. Do you expect nature to have fans and ice machines?? Just because you're unprepared the trails are at fault? That's like saying a beach is bad because you forgot a swimsuit. C'mon people.
by Shaun Brown
Love walking the dogs and riding my bike here. Views are great trail is fun!!!
by Johnny Kirkpatrick
Take the outer loop if you want to be more outdoors. Do not cross the fence you will end up at Austin Ranch. If it's muddy take the concrete path and you will still feel as if you are in the wilderness. One lap on concrete trail is about 4700 steps.