Dedicated to maintaining the natural characteristics of the land, the preserve bordering Spanish Oaks ensures timeless views. Spanish Oaks is nestled comfortably on two sides by 15,000 acres of the protected Barton Creek Habitat Preserve that was established to protect the habitat of two species of endangered songbirds, the Golden-cheeked warbler and Black-capped Vireo, as well as a range of native grasses like little bluestem and trees including oaks, sycamore, pecan, Texas ash, and elm.
Just outside the gates of Spanish Oaks are over 100 acres of natural habitat along the banks of Little Barton Creek for exploration through hiking trails and parks. Bee Cave Central Park is just minutes away with multiple play areas, sport courts and paved trails. A short drive takes you to riverside activities at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park. Other nature preserves in the area include Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, Westcave Outdoor Education Center, Hamilton Pool Preserve, Pace Bend Park and Balcones Canyon Lands.
The Barton Creek Greenbelt, known by locals as “the Greenbelt,” is considered one of the top hiking trails in Texas. Spanning 12.68 miles of beautiful trails, the Greenbelt includes mountain biking trails and limestone bluffs for rock climbing, as well as numerous watering holes for cooling off in the creek. Greenbelt access to the trails can be found via the following:
– Trail Head, 2201 Barton Springs Road
– Spyglass Access, 1601 Spyglass Dr.
– Barton Hills Access, 2010 Homedale Dr.
– Gus Fruh Access, 2642 Barton Hills Dr.
– Loop 360 Access, 3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy
– Gaines/Twin Falls Access, 3918 S. Mopac Expy
– Trails End, 1710 Camp Craft Road