Located on the western side of Plano, sits the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. The 200-acre park features trails for walking, jogging, hiking, and biking to enjoy the vast areas of nature that the park has to offer. The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve has three different distinct ecoregions to enjoy.
The area got its name from the black clay soil that sits under the large expanses of grass and wildflowers. The most common plant of the prairies is grass, and the most dominant grass is the little bluestem. Wildflowers, yellow daisies, winecup, horsemint, and even the state flower of Bluebonnet grow here at different seasons throughout the year, and there are various birds that can be seen as well.
The word riparian comes from the Latin word for river, and the Riparian Forests grow along creeks or rivers. The creeks at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve resemble a jungle with the tangle of the trees, shrubs, and vines that are wildly growing along the creek. The Bur Oak and Red Oak are just a couple of the amazing trees found here, and owls and woodpeckers can be seen inhabiting those trees. Some other animals that can be found in this area include herons, egrets, turtles, snakes, and different fish.
At higher elevations and away from the creeks is where you will find the Upland Forest. The Cedar Elm along with smaller flowering trees can be found in the area, and the shade from the trees makes it pleasant to walk through on those hot days. Owls and rabbits are known to live in this area, and coyotes and bobcats have even been spotted too, but are rarely seen.
The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a great trip for everyone to enjoy the trails, pavilions, and playgrounds. If you are looking for a simple, but luxurious place to live in the area, contact us today! Union at Carrollton Square is an apartment community located in Historic Downtown Carrollton. It is situated near great shopping, dining, and entertainment options and is the perfect place to call home.