Great Texas Wildlife Trails

Brownwood Loop

Brownwood Loop map

Brownwood Loop mapBK RanchColeman City ParkHords Creek LakeMemory LakeFabis Primitive ParkStar of Texas Bed and BreakfastLake Brownwood Spillway/Dam OverviewLake Brownwood State ParkLake Brownwood Bed and BreakfastRiverside Park

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More information:

  • Coleman COC & Agriculture/Tourist Bureau
    325-625-2163, www.colemantexas.org
  • Brownwood COC
    325-646-9535, www.brownwoodchamber.org

001.gif HOTE 001 BK Ranch

Suggested Seasons to visit: Spring, Summer, Fall

Site access restricted. Call ahead. Fee charged.

This 1600-acre ranch has shoreline access to Scarborough Lake. It is excellent habitat for Belted Kingfisher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and wintering waterfowl. Grassy areas on the ranch provide good places to view a variety of sparrows including Field Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Gulf Fritillary, Common Wood-nymph, and large numbers of migrating Monarchs also occur here as well. Lodging is available on the ranch.

Phone: 325-636-3641. Call for Directions.

002.gif HOTE 002 Coleman City Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: Spring, Summer, Fall

Site opened for day use only.

From US 283 entering Coleman from the north, the park is on the edge of town on the left, just before the intersection with TX 206.

This multi-use park on Hords Creek has wooded creek-edge habitat and stands of pecan trees that attract land birds during migrations. Butterflies and dragonflies can be seen along the creek during summer.

003.gif HOTE 003 Hords Creek Lake

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only. Fee charged.

From Coleman City Park, go south on TX 206 1.3 miles to TX 153 West. Turn right and go 8.2 miles to the entrance on the left. Turn left and go 0.2 mile to the visitor’s center.

The best part of this 2200-acre facility for wildlife watching is the natural wetland at the south end of the lake. Access is on foot only, and the 2-mile trail finishes at an observation platform. In summer, the wetland teems with dragonflies, and there are three beaver dams along the river. This is a good spot for wintering waterfowl. The northern end of the lake provides muddy margins that attract migrating shorebirds such as Baird’s and Least Sandpipers.

Phone: 325-625-2322

004.gif HOTE 004 Memory Lake

Suggested Seasons to visit: Spring, Summer, Fall

Site opened for day use only.

Return to Coleman on TX 153 to 5th Street. Turn right/south at the blinking light. After 0.5 mile, turn right on the dirt road at the stone house and go 1.0 mile to the lake.

This small recreational lake provides good habitat for wading birds and wintering waterfowl. Part of the lake has reeds and woody vegetation at the shoreline that provide good habitat for aquatic insects. Checkered White, Orange Sulphur, Question Mark, and Painted Lady are a few of the butterflies that may be seen here. Cricket Frog, Plains Leopard Frog, Bullfrog, Snapping Turtle, and Slider occur here as well.

005.gif HOTE 005 Fabis Primitive Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

Return to Coleman and follow US 283 south 7.2 miles to US 67/84. Continue east 21.2 miles to Brownwood. Turn north on TX 279, following 1.3 miles to FM 2125. Go 1.9 miles to the park entrance on the left. Follow the entry road 1.0 mile to parking area.

The park is an old pecan orchard located along a creek. Look for Eastern Bluebirds in the pecan trees and listen for Great Horned, Eastern Screech, or Barred Owls. Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers can be seen year round, and in the winter look for Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Brown Creeper, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. Resident kingfishers, herons, and egrets are easy to see, and in winter the creek hosts Northern Pintails, Mallards, and Blue-winged Teal. Vermilion Flycatchers can also be seen along the water’s edge.

006.gif HOTE 006 Star of Texas Bed and Breakfast

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site access restricted. Call ahead. Fee charged.

This 20-acre property offers secluded lodging and habitats such oak woodlands, mesquite scrub, grassy meadows, and creek bottoms. The water garden at the entrance attracts an abundance of dragonflies and butterflies. Woodpeckers, wrens, flycatchers, Eastern Screech and Great Horned Owls can be seen in the wooded habitats. Marked hiking/biking trails provide opportunities for leisurely wildlife viewing in a variety of habitats. Guests can visit the blacksmith shop to learn about the trade.

Phone: 800-850-2003. Call for Directions.

007.gif HOTE 007 Lake Brownwood Spillway/Dam Overview

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

From the intersection of SR 279 and FM 2125/ Stonecreek Circle in Brownwood, go north on FM 2125 for 6.5 miles to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign; the name changes to Spillway Road. Follow this road 0.4 mile to the dam. Park by the historical marker and follow the short, wooded trails to the lake. Return to Spillway Road and drive to the end of the dam. On the right is the parking lot for lake patrol. Park on this hilltop for a cliff-side view of the lake and the spillway.

The short, wooded trails south of the dam are densely vegetated with hackberry, pecan, and some oak. Eastern Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher, and White-eyed Vireo occur here. Look for herons and egrets, and in the winter for gulls, ducks, and terns. The oak-mesquite brush that surrounds the overlook can be productive for birds. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Western and Eastern Kingbird, and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher occur here.

008.gif HOTE 008 Lake Brownwood State Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee chraged.

The park is located 16 miles northwest of Brownwood on TX 279 to Park Road 15, then east on Park Road 15 for 6 miles.

Located on Lake Brownwood, a 7300-surface-acre reservoir, the park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including camping and lodging. Visitors enjoy an atmosphere of rustic beauty and tranquility, with miles of shoreline where wildflowers, White-tailed Deer, Ducks, Raccoons, Armadillos, Squirrels, and a variety of birds can be observed in a natural setting. Many structures in use today were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1930s, from timber and native rock found in the park.

Phone: 325-784-5223. Lake Brownwood State Park page

009.gif HOTE 009 Lake Brownwood Bed and Breakfast

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site access restricted. Call ahead. Fee charged.

The house is surrounded by bird and butterfly gardens. The lantana and penta attract Giant Swallowtail, Variegated Fritillary, Pipevine Swallowtail, and Hackberry Emperor. Dragonflies are plentiful by the water pond. Look for Widow Skimmer, Eastern Pondhawk, and the damselfly, Blue-ringed Dancer. In summer, this otherwise quiet retreat is buzzing with hummingbirds that feast on the abundant blossoms. The trees host Bewick’s and Carolina Wrens, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, Eastern Phoebe, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The owners offer boat tours on the lake, providing guests with opportunities to see herons, kingfishers, and egrets, as well as songbirds that require riparian habitat. Ducks, gulls, and terns can be seen on the lake in winter. This is also a great place to observe migration of Monarch Butterflies during October.

Phone: 325-784-7729. Call for Directions.

010.gif HOTE 010 Riverside Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: Spring, Summer, Fall

Site open for day use only.

From the intersection of US 67/84 and US 377 in Brownwood, go east on US 67/84 for 0.2 mile. Turn north off US 67/84 at the Riverside Park sign. Follow the road 0.4 mile into the park.

This 43-acre municipal park has a 0.7-mile nature trail that wends along the banks of the river, with pecan-lined edges that provide good habitat for land birds. Eastern Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Belted Kingfisher, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped warblers occur here, as do wintering Northern Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, and Red-tailed Hawk.


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