Hike, run, birdwatch, check out the scenery, relax.
Connecting with nature has amazing effects on us. Studies show a walk in nature can offer not just physical benefits, but emotional ones as well, including reduced anxiety and depression.
Several of SRT’s preserves are free and open to the public at least some portion of the year. Most have trails for hiking and places to sit and observe nature. Visit our preserves on your own or with family, or schedule a field trip for your class, club, or troop.
Kaweah Oaks Preserve, ½ mile north of Hwy. 198 on Road 182 in Exeter is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to sunset. There are four marked, clear trails to hike, plus a children’s trail in development and a planned fitness trail that will encompass mind, body and spirit. Dogs on leashes are welcome at KOP, so bring your furry friends to expand your emotional well-being. The site is also a great place to have a picnic or a more formal event, like a wedding. Permanent restroom on-site.
Dry Creek Preserve, 2 ½ miles east of Hwy. 216 on Dry Creek Road in Lemon Cover, is open every day from 8 a.m. to sunset during the months when fire is not a danger, usually from about Nov. 1 – June 1. The rest of the year, Dry Creek is open on weekends only. Hike or bring your dogs for a visit. SRT members may fish in the pond during events, and a disc golf course is coming in the future. Permanent restrooms on-site.
Homer Ranch, east of Dry Creek Preserve, is open on weekends during the non-fire danger months. The ranch offers beautiful spring views for hiking.
Blue Oak Ranch, northeast of Springville, is located near Scicon. The site is open only on special days, with plans in the works for the site to be open permanently. Trails are under construction, and catch-and-release fishing for members is also allowed on some open days. The Springville Archery Club has a set-up for practicing and often does demonstrations on open days. Stay tuned as work we to make Blue Oak a regular site for recreation for the east side of Tulare County.