Spring is in the Air: 7 Places to Enjoy Nature in Collin County

Did anyone else do a happy dance when they felt those first few rays of Spring sunshine? Between COVID and the winter storms we experienced a few weeks ago, our family is welcoming springtime with open arms.

When the weather is warm, we love to be outside! Luckily, there are plenty of great places to explore nature right here in North Texas.

Best Nature Preserves & Outdoor Areas in Collin County


Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve

Looking for a chance to stop and smell the roses? Take a break from the chaos and enjoy over 72 acres of natural land filled with different kinds of beautiful flowers. On the weekends, yoga classes are offered in the meadow for both children and adults ($10), including aerial yoga ($20).

Dayspring Nature Preserve

Another great place to explore nature in Allen is the Dayspring Nature Preserve. Hike or bike on several wooded trails along Watters Creek or enjoy a picnic lunch under the pavilion while the kids play on the playground.


Frisco Commons

The Frisco Commons is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. This park has plenty to offer for the whole family: picnic tables, a large interactive playground, trails throughout the park, a stocked fishing pond, as well as a spray park and splash pad!


Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Preserve

If you’re looking for an educational place to enjoy nature, check out the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Preserve in McKinney! Enjoy all things nature while learning about animals, such as lemurs, bobcats, and foxes. Exciting upcoming events include zip lining ($12), a three-hour wetland canoeing adventure ($42 for guests or $32 for members), and a night hike ($14 for guests or $12 for members).


Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve

Enjoy all that nature has to offer right in the heart of Plano. Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve offers several hiking and biking trails as well as a pond open for kayaking and paddle boating. While you’re there, check out the zip line and adventure park for kids ages 10 and up ($49.95 for ages 10-15 & $59.95 for ages 16+).

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Another beautiful place to check out in Plano is Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, which also offers hiking and biking trails, free WiFi, a large pavilion, and playground.


Spring Creek Nature Area

If you’re in Richardson, don’t forget to check out the Spring Creek Nature Area. Hike or bike down trails with views of a winding creek and forest, or pack a picnic lunch to eat under the pavilion and watch the kids play on the playground.

After this year, I think we could all use some sunshine. I hope this inspires you to get outdoors and enjoy all of the beautiful nature that Collin County has to offer.

Jennifer is a native Texan and has called Collin County home for the past 6 years. She is a proud wife and mom to Lilah (2018) and Luca (2020). They live in northeast McKinney and love the small town vibe while still being within 10 miles of Target and Trader Joe’s. She attended Collin College, obtaining a degree in liberal arts, and later graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s in dental hygiene. When she’s not brightening smiles, she enjoys writing, running, curling up with a good cup of coffee or glass of wine and her guilty pleasure — jamming 2000s pop punk. On the weekends you can catch her with her family, exploring downtown McKinney, trying new restaurants around town, and being outdoors as much as possible! Their favorite place to be is a cabin in the woods. She has a passion for helping and relating to other moms through humor and loves to share her favorite local adventure spots.