Bright Leaf Preserve
Bright Leaf is a natural area over 200 acres in size within the city limits of Austin, Texas. Bright Leaf began as the inspiration of Georgia Lucas who purchased the land in 34 separate real estate transactions in order to put together the property she named Bright Leaf. To gather 216 acres of contiguous undeveloped land within the city limits of Austin today would be impossible. The land was first under Texas Parks and Wildlife management and is now owned by the Austin Community Foundation. In order to protect the fragile nature of Bright Leaf, Georgia Lucas specified in her will that "all hikes will be guided hikes". Guided hikes at Bright Leaf take place on the second Saturday and second Sundays each month at 9 AM. Park visitors are to meet the guide at the parking lot off of 2222 and Creek Mountain Road. Hikes are approximately 4 miles long and last 2-1/2 hours. Hikers should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Admission to the guided hikes at Bright Leaf Preserve is FREE.