Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park in Plano, TX. It has several amenities including: 3 miles of paved hiking trail, 3 miles of unpaved hiking trail, a 2.8 mile off-road bike trail, restrooms, a covered pavilion, and a playground. The pavilion can be reserved for special events. An observation tower provides a bird's eye view of the park. There are three regions in the park: Blackland Prairie, Riparian Forest, and Upland Forest. Birds that live in the park include: killdeer, owls, woodpeckers, egrets, herons, scissor-tailed flycatcher, and turkey vulture. Many other wildlife such as deer, coyotes, snakes, bobcats, turtles, fish, and rabbits also live in the park.
For several weeks, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve has seen
sustained, heavy traffic as residents seek the rejuvenating benefits of the
outdoors during the COVID-19 outbreak. The 200-acre nature preserve has proven
to be a valuable amenity, but the high volume has required parks staff to defer
some much needed, routine maintenance. Its native inhabitants also need a break
from sustained human foot traffic. Therefore, beginning the week of May 4,
the nature preserve will be closed for a weekly maintenance and restoration
from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday until further notice. We ask
residents to find an alternate park to visit during these times. The nature
preserve and wildlife appreciate your understanding.
In an effort to foster social distancing guidelines, Plano
Parks & Recreation, with assistance from the Plano Police Department, is
reducing the number of available parking spaces at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.
Parking on grass or in non-designated parking spaces is prohibited and will be
enforced. There are 228 spaces available. Please practice social distancing
when walking to and from the parking lot and trails. Be respectful of the
neighboring residential communities, if the parking areas at Arbor Hills are
full or if trail usage is high, please go to another park. You can find a list
of all our parks on our park finder.
Located on the western border of Plano, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activity. The preserve has a natural biofilter for cleaning surface run-off from the parking lot before it re-enters the groundwater tables. The observation tower gives a spectacular view of the city.