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Open Space & Natural Areas

These projects involve acquiring land to protect and conserve wildlife corridors; protecting rare, threatened and endangered species habitats; and protecting historical and cultural landscapes.

Sentinel Peak Preserve
Project Sponsor: Hays County | Precinct 3

Hays County purchased Sentinel Peak Preserve in May 2022. This 530-plus acre property located just west of Wimberley will serve as a Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat preserve, a federally listed endangered species that is included in the Hays County Regional Habitat Conservation Plan.


It will also feature a riverfront park along an approximate 1-mile stretch of a pristine segment of the Blanco River. This riverfront park will include low impact swimming recreation and other family friendly activities to ensure the conservation and environmental protection priorities of the preserve. In 2019, Hays County approved a partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Texas to acquire the Sentinel Peak Preserve, who will continue to hold the conservation easement on the land. 

As the park plan is implemented, the County will provide for reservation-based, low-impact public access along the river and trails. This project will also preserve the condition of water quality and quantity for the Blanco River, San Marcos Springs and River, and the Trinity and Edwards Aquifers.

2020 Parks & Open Spaces Bond: $6M

2016 Transportation Bond: $7M