Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

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Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
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MICHICABA
Mexico City, Mexico35 contributions
Nice place to walk and awake your senses. A little bit crowded but still beautiful. Buy your tickets in advance, Choose gate 1 wether you're not going with children, choose gate 4 for children =entrance to the children garden is not included, its an additional cost=
Written May 18, 2021
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BentonHall
Plano, TX111 contributions
Plano has done a great job providing neighborhood parks with playgrounds and athletic fields, but they surpassed expectations by purchasing acreage on the far ends of town for great nature preserves. Oak Point Park on the East and Arbor Hills on the west.
I especially love taking some good study and walking time at Arbor Hills. There is an excellent paved sidewalk that encircles most of the park with plenty of signage and a ton of footpaths thru the forest for the adventurous.
I have seen bobcat, hawk and raccoon, plus tons of birds and squirrels. I can't wait for my next visit.
Written March 15, 2020
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June P
Dallas, TX58 contributions
We live very close to this Nature Preserve and love all it has to offer. People drive here from a distance because often there are no spots to park on a nice day. Parking is plentiful, don't get me wrong.
People take pictures here for yearbooks and prom etc. Personally, I don't think its all that wonderful for those pictures. It would be nicer if the open areas were seeded with bluebonnets or other wildflowers for spring. But I also get that the objective is to keep it natural.
Written March 1, 2020
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flg
Plano, TX7 contributions
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve has a fantastic set of trails for either sauntering or jogging. It is designed for the entire family. There is an 10-foot wide cement (unfortunately for the feet) trail that makes about 1.5 miles loop. The longer dirt path can reach about 2.5 miles. The terrain is interesting and several years ago I saw a bobcat cross the trail right in front of me. Unfortunately, it has become so crowded as to severely limit its attractiveness and utility. The picnic area is a crap shoot. The parking lot for such a small park was expanded and is now immense. Frequently, the line of cars going in and coming out is a continuous procession; forget the weekend or holidays. Unfortunately, the large crowds bring people who do not clean up after their dogs and feces on the cement trail and alongside are common. Overuse and expansion of the parking have turned what once was a 4-star park into a 2-star one.
Written January 9, 2020
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Mary C
Dallas, TX184 contributions
I didn't know there was a place to hike or take a nature walk in Dallas! I'm used to doing this while I'm traveling and because of COVID-19, I'm not traveling. Which means I'm unable to do outdoor activities. This was a nice place to go as a substitute. However, the trails are a little bit confusing because one trail leads to another trail.

I'm pretty sure all the trails in the woods led to the pavement. Because every time we kept trying to get back into the woods, we ended up at the pavement. Regardless, there's no way to get lost, because it all circles back to the parking lot.
Written May 31, 2020
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Tomi F
Dallas, Texas, United States58 contributions
This is a great place to walk in the city and still see green space. I enjoy it because not only is there a great network of paved walkways, but a large number of dirt walks and trails where you can get away from the crowds that can form on a pretty day. If you plan to "off-road", I'd suggest long pants, since there is poison ivy around, as well as scratchy plants and mosquitos. During this pandemic time, bring water. The fountains and retrooms are closed, as well as the playgroud, but the trails are open. it is easy to keep social distancing guidelines if you get off the concrete walks. Enjoy and stay safe!
Written March 29, 2020
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Jersey G
Westfield, NJ77 contributions
Friends
Had my car window smashed in and license and wallet stolen. Along with 2 other cars. Total of three cars broken into in broad daylight on a Saturday. BEWARE
Written January 27, 2013
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Maggie M
Carrollton, Texas, United States45 contributions
Solo
Arbor Hills used to be my favorite spot to run, hike, and enjoy nature. However, in recent months it has become over run with photographers taking family and engagement and pregnancy photos. It's over crowded most days and any wildlife once present have been chased away. I am disappointed that more care has not been taken to preserve this once beautiful habitat.
Written April 2, 2018
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Karl S
Dallas, TX31 contributions
Couples
Great place for a walk or jog! Well-maintained with concrete paths, dirt paths, restrooms, and playground. A few hills in the mix to get your heart rate up. Wonderful views from a few key spots too.
Written March 20, 2019
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CraftBeers
Plano, TX26,189 contributions
Solo
Arbor Hills is 200 acres of rolling prairie and wooded land. There are approximately three miles of paved trails that wander through the preserve. There are another three miles of dirt trails that snake everywhere. If you are considering visiting, there are several ways to enjoy the scenery.

Playground - There is a small playground with slides, swings and free-wifi for parents watching the kids but want to use their smart phones. It's easy access from the parking lot.

Pavilions - There are three pavilions that can be reserved online next to the playground. You're not allowed to use them unless you reserve them. There is a fourth hidden pavilion on the far north side. You have to drive outside the preserve to the remote parking to find it.

Cement trails - The three miles of paved trails take you around half the preserve. It's two circular loops with the first one starting from the parking lot around the pond and back. The second loop can be accessed at the mid-way point of the first loop. It takes you to the lookout station and back.

Dirt trails - There are side trails everywhere. Follow them for a little more privacy and less people. After rains they are very muddy and in some cases have little lakes of water that have to be sloshed through. I wear wellies after a rain for the back dirt trails.

Back Prairie - I call this out because not many people know about it. There are dirt trails at the top side of the second concentric paved trail that you can walk all the way out to the railroad tracks. It's quite, pretty and remote.

Bird watching - I've been walking this preserve and documenting the bird activity since 2001. I've racked up 1000's of miles of walking over the years within the preserve. I've identified 168 species of birds over the years and through the seasons. The best time to bird is the first three hours after sunrise. Spring is the best season. Middle afternoon when it's warmer and the park is full of people is the worst time to see birds.

Geo-caching - There are a handful of caches in the park including some very old ones placed many years ago.

Biking - Bikes are allowed, but I think it's a bad idea. It's too crowded with pedestrians. I'm a bike rider and will not ride it in this park.

Biggest Negative - This preserve is too popular. On the weekend and beautiful weather you cannot walk 50 feet without passing people non-stop on the cement trail. If you try to go out to the prairie, people and dogs will scare away the birds and wildlife. While Arbor Hills is beautiful, I prefer Bob Woodruff on the east side of Plano near Hwy 75. It's larger with more space to be alone and enjoy nature.
Written January 11, 2019
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