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 heavy rains, trails may be rough. The Restoration Research Trail remains closed awaiting repair. (Updated: March 7, 2016)
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Restoration Research 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.
Take the Restoration Research Trail for an interpreted look at our landscape restoration research. You can learn how fire, grazing and mowing affect the growth of native grasses. See the green roof research plot, where various mini-roofs planted with native species transmit real-time data on temperature and stormwater runoff.
View Restoration Research Trail Collection in Native Plant Information Network.