Purgatory Creek Nature Preserve
Open Space & Natural Area
The 1,068 acre preserve will be part of the network of protected conservation lands in the area, creating one of Texas' largest blocks of urban wilderness, open space, and water quality protection lands.
In September 2022, the Hays County Commissioners Court approved approximately $9.6M for the Purgatory Creek Nature Preserve conservation easement - a total of 1,068 acres. With this land being highly desirable for both conservation and development, Hays County and La Cima built upon their existing partnership to work with the Hill Country Conservancy to identify a solution that would be an asset to both current and future Hays County residents. The property is located next to the Purgatory Creek Natural Area, the La Cima Parkland, and the La Cima Regional Habitat Conservation Plan Preserve.
The combined area will protect more than 3,200 acres of uniquely biodiverse habitat including significant Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat, natural springs, canyons, caves, and other karst features that carry water directly into the Edwards Aquifer. The preserve will be part of the network of protected conservation lands in the area, creating one of the State’s largest unbroken blocks of urban wilderness, open space, and water quality protection lands.