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When European settlers first arrived in Central Texas, much of the Hill Country was a savanna - a softly undulating expanse of grass punctuated with oaks and junipers. Because of fire suppression and overgrazing, few of these savannas remain today. The Wildflower Center works to restore the savanna to its original character which you can experience through our trails.

NOTE: Due to recent heavy rains, trails may be rough. Trails are not closed, but please be aware of wash-outs and uneven terrain. (Updated: Sept 19, 2014)

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John Barr Trail

The Hill Country trail system is divided into two connecting trails: the John Barr Trail (1/4 mile) and the Restoration Research Trail (1 mile). The entrance to both trails is across the staff parking area. The Hill Country trails feature the Center's outdoor classrooms: Persimmon, Elbow-bush, Agarita and Cedar Elm. These trails are ADA accessible.

In the Spring, look for blooming prickly pear as well as bluebonnets, damanita, coreopsis, pavonia and bitterweed. In winter, watch for colorful pencil cactus.

John Barr Trail

Species Lists

View John Barr Trail Collection in Native Plant Information Network.

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