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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Savanna Meadow Trail
The Savanna Meadow trail system is divided into two connecting trails: the Savanna Meadow Trail (1/2 mile) and the Woodland Trail (1/4 mile). The entrance to both trails is between the Library and the Administration Building.
The Savanna Meadow Trail takes you through several wildflower meadows and features an authentic Texas Windmill. You can take a side trip to the cave, where, over thousands of years, the soluble limestone has slowly eroded. Water flowing through the cave filters into the Edwards Aquifer, a major source of water for the region. (For your safety, do not enter the cave.)
View Savanna Meadow Trail Collection in Native Plant Information Network.