Brazos Master Naturalist
For more information on
what to find in the park see our website.
Acton Nature CenterThe
Acton Nature Center of Hood County is open to anyone who enjoys the peace
and quiet of nature at its finest. Trails will lead you around the center
to view the natural pond filled with croaking toads. In a heavily shaded
ravine you will find a large old Live Oak tree spreading its branches as
if to welcome you in. The spring offers you a cascade of brightly colored
wildflowers filling the property. In the center you will find the a fully
functional windmill that is now the source of water for the remains of an
abandoned water well that was used to water the livestock that roamed this
center many years ago. Leading to the windmill is the Elizabeth Crockett
Butterfly Trail that is handicap safe and directs you through the
The street address for the
park is 6900 Smoky Hill Ct., Granbury, TX, 76049. Visit the Contact Us
link for our mailing address.
Nature Center in Acton Texas was established in 2004 by a donation from
the U.S. Department of Interior to Hood County through the Federal Lands
to Parks Program. The responsibility for stewardship and development of
the area was subsequently given to Hood County Development District #1,
and with the help of organizations, including Rio Brazos Master
Naturalists, the area is currently being developed and managed as a
natural area. This Trail of Trees is a contribution of the Rio Brazos
Master Naturalist Chapter and the knowledge of Dr. Billy Teels.
Acton Nature Center is open dawn to dusk and provides 5 miles of trail, a
beautiful Monarch Way station butterfly garden and the opportunity for
sightings of many of nature's creatures.
The Nature Center does have restrooms and a recently constructed pavillion.
The upper trails are suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.
ANC is now an official Monarch Waystation - Certificate number 5353
Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world.
Center - Plant Survey, Scientific/Common name Cumulative Species List with Images
Plant Survey, Scientific/Common name Cumulative Species - Excel
Family/Scientific/Common name Cumulative Species - Excel format
This survey was begun by Rio Brazos Master Naturalists in 2008 as part of an on-going effort
to develop a comprehensive list and photo record of all plant species that occur at the ANC.
The lists and images are intended for use by naturalists and the interested public to help identify area plants and assist them in conducting educational and outreach services (e.g., nature walks). The lists and images will be updated as corrections are made and new species are found
Information for nature hikes
ANC Nature Walk - Harbingers
ANC Bird Walks
ANC Aerial Photos by
Dave and Wendy Moore
The Texas Master Naturalist of Texas activities are
coordinated by AgriLife
Extension and Texas
Parks and Wildlife. Texas Master Naturalist programs serve
all people regardless of socioeconomic level,
race,color,sex,religion,disability or national origin.