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Stillhouse Hollow Preserve in Austin

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Man alive, I tried to keep my eyes up in the trees as we wandered through this beautiful area, but I’m a long-time plant person and I loved seeing the native blooms in the preserve: lantana, turk’s cap, rock rose, Eve’s necklace. We saw Texas mountain laurel, cedar sage, wafer ash, spicebush and lots of maidenhair fern, as well. And deep into the half-mile-or-so trail we saw some huge karst features-limestone sinks and ledges. Several springs in the preserve feed into streams in the Bull Creek watershed. At the wooden overlook that drops down into a dramatic ravine, we heard water below us and on this day that was turning sunny and hot the coolness of the ravine lookout was welcome.

FYI • Stillhouse Hollow Nature Preserve is one of about a dozen City of Austin preserves, some accessible and with trails, some open to the public on only a limited basis. Stillhouse Hollow is at 7810 Sterling Drive off Burney close to Mesa Drive in Northwest Austin.

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