Trail Maps & History

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The History of the Acton Nature Center

ANC Gallery PhotoIn 2004, Hood County Development District #1 became aware of a 73.96 acre tract of land that was being made available to the residents and general public for use as a park through the Department of the Interior, Federal Lands to Parks Program.  This land was donated to Hood County, and the county transferred stewardship and development responsibilities of the park to HCDD#1.  For many years after WWII this property near Acton was one of hundreds of sites nation-wide used by the FAA.  This location, known as a VORTAC, is where equipment was placed which told pilots their location. When these sites and equipment became obsolete, the Federal program was enacted.  Due to the foresight of HCDD#1 board of directors, a parks committee was formed in early 2005 that would report directly to them concerning all aspects of the park development.  This park committee is called, Friends of the Acton Nature Center (FoANC), along with the Rio Brazos chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists, Lake Granbury Master Gardeners, and many other area Volunteers, design plans began for a NATURE CENTER.

ANC Gallery PhotoThe main objective to the design of ANC has been to maximize the natural history and natural science of the area.  Volunteers identified native plants and animals of the property, and recreated the natural habitat to this over grazed prairie. We now can enjoy over 5 miles of trails that have been hand cleared of non-native vegetation.  The Travis Hiking Trail has approximately 1.3 miles of mulch covered trails leading to a wildlife overlook and viewing area built by local Scouts. Due to its seasonal dryness, this area is used to teach visitors of the importance and preservation of our wetlands. If you continue on the Travis trail, you will come upon the Sam Houston Bridge; this project was more difficult to build than first thought because it stretched over a deep shady ravine, which becomes a stream during heavy rains, and required extra structural support.

The Bowie Bike Trail is approximately 2.3 miles of mowed mountain bike and horseback riding trails that extend around the perimeter of the park and is marked by numbered stones. The San Jacinto Pass leads to our showcase garden.  This garden is the Elizabeth Crockett Memorial Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden. A historic Farmhouse was donated and renovated back to the original 1930s style and is now used for individual gatherings and classes. Volunteers have worked very hard on this area creating ½ mile of granite covered trails that are handicap accessible. It leads around a restored windmill that supplies water to an old stock tank and a recently built stock pond that is the beginning of our GREEN resource usage project.  Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists have spread over 100 lbs. of wildflower seeds in this area as well as native butterfly plants, so expect to see a lots of wildflowers and butterflies each spring.

The objective of this facility is to entice individuals to get out doors, away from their computers, and provide them with an orientation to nature and all it has to offer, experience, and enjoy.

 

 

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