Have you heard about the Hill Country Conservancy? Its mission is to preserve vital natural resources through conservation, community collaboration, and engagement to sustain the region in the Texas Hill Country. Its board of directors consists of a coalition of leaders from the environmental and business communities. They’re using the lessons learned and applying them in “peace talks.”
The organization preserves the region in three ways:
- Protects land that conserves water features and wildlife habitat.
- Provides recreational access to nature.
- Promotes conservation ethic through education.
The organization works with the community, developers, and city planners to promote smart growth in the fast-growing Texas Hill Country.
The Violet Crown Trail
Starting out as a Hill Country Conservancy vision in 1998 to create the first regional trail system in Texas, the Violet Crown Trail has become a reality. Anyone who travels along the hike and bike trail will enjoy memorable recreational experiences as the scenic trail passes through Barton Creek Wilderness Park, the City of Sunset Valley, and Hays County. It’ll also pass by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
The trail surrounds its visitors with unforgettable views, clean streams, and wildlife. The first six miles of the trail opened in 2015. The second segment of the trail had its ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2019. And the final part of the trail that leads to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will begin soon and finish Phase 1 of the trail.
The second phrase of the trail will connect the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to the Onion Creek Management Unit. Here you’ll find beautiful tracts of Water Quality Protect Lands. At this point, the trail will exit the urban area and enter a quiet remote setting that stretches deep into Hays County. Best of all, the trail is only 30 minutes from Kyle.
Join the Hill Country Conservancy for Virtual Events
The Hill Country Conservancy holds events including virtual ones. You can go on a walk-and-talk and happy hour on the Violet Crown Trail or go on a virtual birding and nature hike at Nalle Bunny Run. Here’s the Hill Country Conservancy events page to see what’s coming up.
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