When you’re done with the cute shops that line up Main street, and when you’re needing to escape from the wine, then make your way into the outdoors at the Fredericksburg Nature Center. It’s a small trail system, but the park is spacious and you’ll be surprised at the fun you’ll have at this park.
The Texas hill country is an expansive area that is made up of many different ecosystems, and visually, it’s a perfect blend of what the Lone Star State offers. You’ll pass over a handful of Texas’ main rivers, you’ll see trees of all shapes, and the wildlife will offer some fun creature-viewing.
Just outside of the hustle of the main tourist attractions of Fredericksburg is the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. It serves as a gathering place for the community to play outside, have a picnic, and it even offers camping opportunities and a full golf course.
While the park itself is delightful, it’s actually what’s within the park boundary that makes this park worth the visit.
The Fredericksburg Nature Center is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, and they’ve done a spectacular job with the trail maintenance, a bird viewing blind, and a pollinator garden.
The trails here will wind you around some great features including walking over the creek, and views of the water through the trees.
As you walk along the trail you’ll see some interpretive signs of the plant life you’ll see, and there are a handful of benches here to sit and admire the view.
There is a handicapped-accessible trail, the Live Oak Wilderness Trail, and the Vista Loop Trail. The map also indicates markers to know where you’re at on the map.
The Live Oak trail takes you through the oak and cedar trees, but if you go counter-clockwise you’ll walk next to the small lake and have a more rugged experience.
Back on the Vista Loop Trail, you’ll be above the water, so be on the lookout for some amazing and rocky pathways. Just below you’ll hear the water dripping through the stone onto some ferns. This was the shorter part of the trails, but it still gave you a fun sense of what this area has to offer.
At the end of the Vista Loop Trail sit for a bit and enjoy the sights and sounds of the birds that may come visit the wildlife viewing area. The walls highlight some of the birds you may find stopping for a snack or a bath. It was very reminiscent of the bird viewing area at Davis Mountains State Park.