We encourage one and all, young and old, to come out to visit the Nature Center and Preserve and take a hike! Walk along our Bluebird Trail and Whitetail Deer Loop or use the Nature Center as the entry point to miles of the Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail (U.S. Army Corps of Engineer land) which surrounds the Preserve.
BJNC encourages all hikers to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the season and to always bring water. The Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail is also accessible at several points along White Chapel Boulevard and near the end of E. Bob Jones Road.
Hike the Bluebird Trail – approximately .8 of a mile or the smaller loop of the White-tail Deer Trail on the Preserve. The trails are mowed grass paths. Dogs and horses are not permitted on the Preserve Trails.
Restoring the trails – we have a grant from REI and a new map underway with City of Southlake, but there’s still so much that needs to be done to mark new trails and create and install directional signage for them. Click here to donate to the trail restoration process or send us an email if you’d like to volunteer on this project, firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the trails are under restoration, you may want to consider downloading a hiking app, such as Map My Hike to help you navigate your hiking adventure.
Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail
The Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail for both equestrians and hikers winds its way through forest and pocket prairies and to the water’s edge of Lake Grapevine.
The Walnut Grove National Recreational Trail and Bob Jones Park are listed on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Prairie and Pineywoods Trail, Colleyville Loop.
Check out the trail and loops here.
In order to protect not only our plants and wildlife but also all of our visitors, we ask that you review these general guidelines:
- Visitors and hikers: be prepared for the great outdoors – dress for seasonal weather, wear closed-toe, closed-heal walking shoes, apply sunscreen and bug-repellent as needed and stay hydrated.
- All plants, animals and natural objects are protected; no fishing or hunting.
- Adhere to posted speed limit; be aware of small children and animals while driving.
- Do not collect any natural objects, pick plants or interact with wildlife.
- Walk only on established trails – hiking off the trails disturbs natural habitats and increases encounters with poison ivy, snakes and other dangers.
- Bicycles, ATVs, motorized vehicles and horses are not permitted on BJNC trails. Click here for nearby equestrian trails.
- Dogs and other domesticated pets are not permitted at BJNC.
- No entry beyond closed gates.
- No grills or fires.
- Dispose of trash properly – Leave No Trace behind.
- No overnight camping; daytime use only.
- No visiting before or after posted hours.
- Professional photographers MUST register with BJNC before conducting a photo session or taking photos. Click for more information.
If you encounter someone not following these guidelines, please contact us at 817-491-6333 or email@example.com.