Temple is surrounded by some of the most beautiful country in the Lone Star State. Lush green prairie land gives way to scenic Lake Belton, but not before colliding with gorgeous wooded land.
This diverse landscape offers the perfect habitat for many different species of wildlife. Wild deer and turkey can be seen in the Southwest portion of the city, while red fox and wild birds can be seen in the Northern portion.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by enjoying a peaceful nature tour!
Friar's Creek Nature Preserve
Contained wholly within the city limits of Temple, the creek rises near Avenue R and runs for 10 miles until it empties into the Leon River. Scientists from the Blackland Research Center have studied and worked to improve the creek with the use of a $180,000 grant from the EPA.
The creek features an old wagon trail, three waterfalls and five springs. Among the natural flora and fauna, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has identified shiners, darter, sunfish, catfish, mosquito fish and a few stonerollers at various points on the creek.
Tours of the preserve are available by appointment only. Contact the Office of Tourism for more information.