Nature Tours

For the Outdoor Enthusiasts
Hiking Trail
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.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Nature Walk

A self-paced tour of the campus beginning at the main gate.

Open daily.

Texas A&M Blackland Research and Extension Center

Scientists at the center are:

  • Improving the region's water and soil quality by conducting research and developing new technologies for farmers and ranchers to make better land and water management decisions
  • Enhancing the region's educational resources by electronically connecting schools, cities and others
  • Part of a team using computer models to evaluate economic and environmental impacts of land management practices

Tours of the facility can accommodate 100. By appointment only. Call (254) 774-6000 for more information.