Located within McInnish Park
2335 Sandy Lake Road
Carrollton, Texas 75006
Take Sandy Lake Road west from IH-35 approximately one mile to the McInnish Sports Complex entrance. Turn left into the complex and follow the road behind the sports fields to the Elm Fork Nature Preserve entrance on your right. Parking is approximately 100 yards to the left.
Trail Hours and Map
Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no admission fee to use the trails. Trail Map.
Safety - Venomous Snakes
Produced by Texas Parks and Wildlife, this information is good to know if you're walking around any place that is in a natural state such as rocky or grassy. Please click on this link to read the full article and view a short video.
The Elm Fork Nature Preserve was purchased as a woodright in 1861 by the Bramblitt Family. The land was never clear-cut and in 1986 the 40 acres were given to the City of Carrollton as a self-contained ecosystem, virtually undisturbed. Trails are open for hikes 365 days a year from dawn to dusk.
Nature Hike Tips
Dress according to the weather in comfortable clothing and long pants. No open-toed shoes. Bring insect repellent and bottled water to class. It is suggested that very young children bring a spare change of clothing.
A nature preserve is a place where flora and fauna are protected. So, please, take only pictures and leave only footprints. Please stay on designated trails. Do not disturb any wildlife or pick any leaves, flowers or flora from the Preserve. Abide by rules and regulations posted at the entrance.
City ordinance prohibits bicycles, dogs, horses and motorized vehicles inside the Preserve.
If you find what you feel is an abandoned, injured or orphaned wild animal, please contact the City of Carrollton Animal Services at 972-466-3420 or access the DFW Wildlife Coalition.
Commonly seen animals and tracks at the Preserve are raccoons, fox squirrels, opossums, beavers, nine-banded armadillos, eastern cottontails and striped skunks. Commonly seen birds in the area are great blue herons, snowy egrets, white-throated sparrows, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, screech owls, woodpeckers, cardinals and much more.
Elm Fork Nature Preserve Biodiversity Inventory
Information documented by Wild Vision.
Photos from the Preserve
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