Virtual Nature Hikes 

Maryann Mathews is developing virtual multi-media tours of the local parks and natural areas using her smart phone and app “Every Trail ”. Using GPS navigation this application enables the user to document and photograph routes and points of interest to be shared with everyone on their computers or smart phones. With the assistance and expertise of the Rio Brazos Master Naturalists, the project will evolve as more areas are visited.

The virtual tours are ready when you are just by double clicking the link for each tour from this page. 

If you want to take the tour with you, or create your own virtual tours, you will need to download the interactive “Every trail” free app from the App store for your iPhone , smart phone or android. Once downloaded to your phone, you will have access to thousands of virtual hikes already created and given instructions on how to create your own. Just go to for more information about this exciting way to share your experiences. 


Virtual Tours: 

Acton Nature Center
- Virtual Trail
Acton 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.


Prairie Timber Park - Virtual Trail
800 Prairie Timber Road BurlesonTX 76028
Prairie Timber Park is a small “pocket” park located on the outskirts of Burleson, TX. Even though this park is yet “undeveloped” it does offer a beautifully paved walking trail around a small pond with a fountain and among many native Texas’s Trees. This virtual tour will introduce you to those trees with locations and pictures.

Comanche Peak Nature Trail Vitural Trail
Trailhead is located just inside the entrance to the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant on Squaw Creek Reservoir
N 32 17.986 W097 48.553
From Granbury, Tx - Take 144 to 377 to FM51 to FM56 to Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, follow entrance to the first plant buildings on the right. Trailhead is located off the parking lot in the rear of the buildings.
From Glenrose , Tx - Take FM56 north to the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, follow entrance to the 1st building on right. Trailhead is located off the parking lot in the rear of the buildings. 

The Comanche Peak Nature Trail is located in the Southern tip of the West Cross Timbers. This area is representative of one of the recognized Native Texas Ecological Regions. The soil in this area is characterized by easily erodible sandy soils ranging two to three feet deep, with substantial deeper sections of clay and sandy clay mix. This wooded stand of predominately Post Oak and Blackjack Oak represents an example of the last intact forest within this belted sandy soil region that extends from Southern Hood County into Somervell County. This forest creates a unique and contrasting mix of trees, shrubs, vines, and wildflowers that is similar to what was here when settlers first moved into the area.
The Rio Brazos Master Naturalists and Comanche Peak invite you to explore and enjoy this unique and beautiful natural area.