- Coleman COC, (325) 625-2163, www.colemantexas.org
- Brownwood COC, (325) 646-9535, www.brownwoodchamber.org
Coleman City Park
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 landbirds during migration seasons. Butterflies and dragonflies can be seen along the creek during summer.
Hords Creek Lake
From Coleman, go south on TX 206 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 center.
This 3,500-acre facility for wildlife watching features two natural wetlands _ one at the west end of the lake at Flatrock Park and the other at the east end of the dam. Access on the east side of the dam is by foot only, and the 2-mile nature trail finishes at an observation platform. In summer, these areas teem with dragonflies, Wild Turkey, quail, herons and migrating shorebirds such as Baird's and Least Sandpipers and other wildlife. In the fall it is a good spot for wintering waterfowl. Eastern Bluebird are year-round residents, while grassland bird species and other songbirds such as the Summer Tanager, Painted Bunting, Pyrrhuloxia, Dickcissel and Savannah, Vesper and Lark Sparrows visit frequently.
(325) 625-2322 www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/hords
From Coleman on TX 153, go to 5th St. Turn right/south at the blinking light. After 0.5 mile, turn right on CR 402 (at the stone house) and go 1 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 and Plains Leopard Frogs, Bullfrog, Snapping Turtle and Slider occur here as well.
Fabis Primitive Park
From US 84 and TX 279 in Brownwood, head north on TX 279, following 1.3 miles to FM 2125.
Go 1.9 miles to the park entrance on the right. Follow the entry road 1 mile to parking area.
The park is an old pecan orchard located along a creek. Look for Eastern Bluebird and listen for Great Horned and Barred Owls and Eastern Screech-Owl. Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers can be seen year-round. In the winter, look for Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Brown Creeper and Red-breasted Nuthatch. Resident kingfishers, herons and egrets are also easy to see. In the winter, the creek hosts Northern Pintail, Mallard and Blue-winged Teal. Vermilion Flycatcher can also be seen along the water's edge.
Star of Texas Bed and Breakfast
This 20-acre property offers secluded lodging and habitats such as 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-Owl and Great Horned Owl can be seen in the wooded habitats. Marked hiking and biking trails provide opportunities for leisurely wildlife viewing in a variety of habitats.
(800) 850-2003 Call for Directions www.star-of-texas.com
Lake Brownwood Spillway/Dam Overview
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 Rd.). 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 Rd. 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 year-round, and in the winter look for gulls, ducks and terns. The oak-mesquite brush that surrounds the overlook can be productive for birds. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Western and Eastern Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher can also be seen.
Lake Brownwood State Park
The park is located 16 miles northwest of Brownwood on TX 279. Take TX 279 to PR 15, then head east on PR 15 for 6 miles.
Located on Lake Brownwood, a 7,300-surface-acre reservoir, the park offers a variety of outdoor activities, camping and lodging. Visitors can 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 with timber and native rock found in the park by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s.
(325) 784-5223 www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-brownwood
From the intersection of US 67/84 and US 377 in Brownwood, go east on US 67/84 for 0.2 mile.
Turn north 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 moves along the banks of the river, with pecan-lined edges that provide good habitat for landbirds. Eastern Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Belted Kingfisher and Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers occur here, as do the wintering Northern Pintail, Blue-winged Teal and Red-tailed Hawk.
(325) 646-0146 www.ci.brownwood.tx.us/Parks/parkindex.htm