Burleson Parks Nature Hikes 

Prairie Timber Park - Virtual Trail - By Maryann

Burleson Nature Nature Hike Brochure
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Oak Valley Park North - PDF file click here

Burleson Nature Hike Brochure - Chisenhall Park -
PDF file click here.

List of birds and wildlife seen in the park and surrounding area - PDF  file
Thanks to Walt Berk for
sharing this with us.

Photos taken along the Burleson Nature Hike trail by Jim Allen who joined us for a hike
Thanks Jim for letting us use these on our web site
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The Rio Brazos Master Naturalist members are helping Burleson’s Parks and Recreation Department set up a nature hike program. The first hike was held Saturday, December 3, at Oak Valley Park North. It was a success for the team and for the neighbors of the park.

Cathy Crocker spoke about the remarkable sights along the trail while Jim Crocker filled folks in on the history of the area and how Indians used every available plant to survive. Dagmar Higgins pointed out native plants as well as invasive, and Maryann Mathews crawled around in the bush looking for illusive wildlife. Maryann wrote and designed a wildlife brochure that is given out to every participant. Attendees are also given a RBMN brochure to take home.

The neighbors of the park reported sightings that the RBMN team had not spotted yet, and they will be researching and adding the new information to the hiking brochure. Several items were photographed so they can be identified and added to their field bags.

Park History 
About 1875 Lawrence and Virginia Chisenhall moved to the area from Alabama by covered wagon to open a cotton gin about seven miles south of Burleson. In 1900 they bought a 230-acre farm and part of it included the area where Oak Valley North Park is. The property was later deeded to the city by the developer of the surrounding neighborhood.

The Wichita was the prominent Indian tribe in the area. A few Caddo had moved this far west from East Texas, and to the west of Burleson was the vast land of the Comanche tribe.

The park helps comprise an area of land known as the Cross Timbers. Early travelers coined the name "Cross Timbers" when the trees proved to be a barrier to their travel on the open prairies to the east and west.

Post Oak and Blackjack Oak comprise the majority of the trees in the Cross Timbers region and both are abundant in the park. Among the other species found are Cedar Elm, Cottonwood, Eastern Red Cedar, and Hackberry. The understory includes American Beauty Berry, Prickly Pear and numerous native vines and grasses.

Future hikes TBA. Cathy and Jim Crocker are the contact people. If you have any questions, or would like to participate, email nature.hike@yahoo.com

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Cool crisp morning for a hike


Photos by Maryann Mathews

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Jim and Cathy Crocker introduce hikers to the history of the park