In Temple, Texas we know quality of life is all about the quality of a place. From a strong sense of community, to accessibility, to all the things that create a healthy, safe, enriched life, many factors go into the decision to call a place home. Temple offers numerous parks, trails and outdoor spaces that bring the natural environment into focus for recreation, education and enjoyment for residents and visitors alike.
Open spaces and parks create a connection back to the natural environment that can sometimes get lost in typical urban settings. These outdoor spaces boast cleaner air and water, as well as opportunities for physical activity and other health-related benefits. In fact, research suggests that spending just 20 minutes in a park can improve your well-being even if you don’t exercise there!
Here are a few green spaces you can check out this weekend:
- Miller Springs Nature Center. This 260-acre nature preserve offers running and walking trails, diverse wildlife, sightseeing, mountain biking, kayaking and more, just east of Lake Belton Dam. Featuring 110-foot-high bluffs, overlooks, waterways and trails, this free resource is open for your viewing pleasure 365 days a year.
- Lake Belton. In Temple, Texas, we enjoy pleasant weather most of the year (though we do like it hot!), and that means any time can be lake time. Lake Belton features 60 picnic areas, campsites, bank fishing, basketball and volleyball courts, and boat ramps to launch your aquatic adventures.
- Crossroads Park is an innovative 262-acre park and sports complex with four baseball fields, four softball fields, seven soccer fields, six tennis courts, and a 27-hole disc golf course. Hike and bike trails surround the facility that also features a public playground and shaded pavilion. As a regional park, Crossroads Park is designed to host sports tournaments and make it easier for active families to spend time together in Temple.
- Community Gardens. The Santa Fe Gardens and Saulsbury Community Garden are open for the enjoyment of all! The Santa Fe Gardens, located within walking distance of Temple EDC, features native Texas plants, a gazebo and benches for those seeking a natural oasis downtown. The Saulsbury Community Garden offers 60 plots that can be rented annually for those hoping to flex their green thumb.
- Sammons Golf Course. This municipal course is open to the public year-round and features an online tee time booking system. In addition to 18 holes, a driving range, a putting green and chipping area, the restaurant and pro shop are open to visitors. In 2020, Golf Advisor ranked Sammons as a “Top 25 Most Improved” U.S. golf course.
With 43 parks in Temple and more than 18 miles of walking trails, Temple, Texas offers an outdoor space for everyone. Whether you’re looking to get out in nature or swing for the fences, we have the park for you! For a full list of parks managed by the City of Temple, visit the city’s Parks & Recreation portal.