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Tower Trail

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Trail

1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 58' 18 m
Descent: -29' -9 m
High: 651' 199 m
Low: 594' 181 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

Dogs

Leashed
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Trail shared by John Shuttlesworth

Worth the extra steps to enjoy sweeping views of the nature preserve and surrounding areas from the Observation Tower.

John Shuttlesworth

Features Birding · Wildflowers

Open 7 days a week from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Dogs must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet.

Skateboards, long boards and all motorized vehicles (including hover boards) are prohibited at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

Runner Notes

Paved trails are easily navigable as well as a seemingly endless variation of dirt trails to enjoy. As with any forest trail, pay attention for roots and rocks on unpaved portions, as they are prevalent in the preserve.

Description

The Tower Trail is an additional loop that originates off of the Arbor Hills Loop. This trail has some slight elevation gain and travels through both prairie grassland and forest sections. The trail's namesake, Observation Tower, is worth the additional steps to enjoy wonderful views of the nature preserve from a much elevated position.

This tower is very well built and a great spot to enjoy a quick or long break. The trail continues winding through the forest providing access to many of the unpaved trails and connectors and concludes back on the Arbor Hills Loop.

Flora & Fauna

The preserve is teeming with wildlife offering many viewing options especially for local bird life. The preserve is also blanketed in local prairie grasses and wildflowers (during appropriate seasons). This is a great place to grab the binoculars and guidebook to go enjoy some of the many local bird species. The preserve is also home to all manners of typical forest dwelling creatures, which does include snakes and healthy patches of poison ivy.

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The Observation Tower provides pleasant views of the surrounding area.
Feb 8, 2017 near The Colony, TX
This is the view from the Observation Tower.
Feb 8, 2017 near The Colony, TX

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