Miller Springs Nature Center Trail

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Miller Springs Nature Center Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Temple, Texas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until December.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
183 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Miller Springs Nature Center is a compilation of 10 loop trails, located below Belton Lake Dam, between Temple and Belton. The trails are suitable for all skill levels and are primarily used for hiking. Bikes are allowed on the trails accessible from the south entrance (Miller Springs Park), also. The trails closest to the Temple side are handicap-accessible. Farther trails have considerable altitude change and a few require scrambling.

hiking
18 days ago

just as an FYI the trails are open again and the maintenance is a work in progress done only by volunteers... Recommendation

mountain biking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Trails eroded and overgrown. Needed an app to navigate. May be better in the Fall.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

I hike here often. The trails are open. The individual trails are not marked so get a map or download one. You'll be in woods, creek beds, an open valley meadow, and the spillway adjacent to Belton Dam. The trails are all pretty easy with one or two short climbs that are a little steep...but not hard. If you go from April to October remember it gets hot in Central Texas so take plenty of water.
Some of the views are very nice and when you are down in the bottom of the valley you'd swear you were hundreds of miles from anywhere when in fact you are very close to Belton, Temple and Killeen. Enjoy!

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Great and fun trails to hike. BE ADVISED- these trails are very poorly marked. Make sure you have a phone or a gps with a detailed map on it before you go out.

walking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Trails aren't marked well (but it's been closed for quite some time so that could have something to do with it) .... And I hate to sound like a whiney baby, but the trail entrance clearly states no pets, which is why I left my pups at home (I Googled to see if they were allowed prior to coming) - we did however pass a few people who were out with their dogs :|

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's closed

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Park is still closed. Lots of road noise...also the constant sound of leaf blowers around the south east area. Might want to save this hike for the summer when the leaves will dampen some of the noise. Trails are not marked very well (which may be due to the park being closed for months). Yet there is a ton of fresh trash all over the trails. Come on people! Pack your trash out!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

yep, still closed added a photo. 01 OCT 16

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

9/5/2016 closed until further notice due to flooding and damage. Will try again once it reopens.

Friday, June 03, 2016

really exciting, had a great time.

Monday, May 23, 2016

One of my favorite places. There's a huge waterfall but it's hidden... Be a local and go find it ;)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lots of natural water, can cool off. My 8 yr old hikes with ease. 6 miles in less than 2 hours. ♡

hiking
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

One of the "paths" isn't really a path, I guess. After an hour of hiking and getting through fallen trees, the path just disappeared. Also, we were really excited to see a waterfall (lots of great hiking and waterfalls in the mountains, where we are from), and we were very disappointed to find it was just taller than my husband and had an unsightly pipe across it. (Picture of my husband and child in front of waterfall in uploaded pictures.)

walking
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Good definitely longer then 1.2 miles of you wander each trail few people which is nice

mountain biking
Friday, February 12, 2016

If you start at the South parking lot there is another set of biking trails with a connection across the dam to the biking trails down in the prairie. You can make a nice 6 mile loop out of it all. Good 150ft elevation change that translates to a couple of good technical climbs mixed with open prairie single track that's hard and fast. All around good, basic trails to call home base.

hiking
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Great trails, well marked, and good elevation to challenge. Great views throughout. Hiked about four miles altogether. Lots of choices of trails to include a wheelchair friendly path and boardwalk out to a deck overlooking a great view of the entire park.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Visiting this area for work and was very happy to find this wonderful preserve to explore. A little bit of everything: wetlands, ponds, woods, cliffs, caves, and little waterfalls. Herons, hawks, and kingfisher too. A wonderful Saturday morning. Thanks to those who created and maintain it for the enjoyment of all.

hiking
Saturday, August 08, 2015

Great place to hike in Central Texas. There are several trails that branch off from one another making it a great place to explore.

hiking
Friday, June 12, 2015

My go to running trail. I saw multiple reviews stating the trail was closed. This is inaccurate. The south entrance off of Lake Rd (FM 439) is closed. The west entrance off FM 2271 is and has been open. The maintenance only affects the spillway portion of the park. None of the trails are closed because of this. The trail that encircles the park is approximately 3.0 miles. It has a couple steep ascents and descents of not more than approximately 100 feet. It is also a loop trail so you get to explore without retracing your steps. For being a small park their is much to see. It has ravines with little streams, some smaller waterfalls, and a couple ponds. The only negative aspect is you are not supposed to bring your pets.

cross country skiing
Thursday, May 21, 2015

This was my first trail, and it was so much fun! I didn't like that I couldn't find the trail to the caves and waterfall based on the map that was posted at the beginning.

hiking
Monday, April 13, 2015

It's still closed. Someone should update when it opens though.

walking
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trail was closed for maintenance as of 1/17/15.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Favorite place so far, pet friendly and easy for beginners! Many different trails to chose from with a few water spots on some of the trails.

hiking
Sunday, January 19, 2014

One of my favorites. Been here many times with the family.

trail running
Monday, December 09, 2013

This is a great park for hiking. About five of the ten miles of trail are open to biking, also. A detailed trail map is on the park website, www.MillerSpringsPark.org

hiking
Monday, September 16, 2013

Great trails tons of spots to take break at and enjoy the view. Limestone is beautiful in the middle. Climbing the bluffs on the east end and hiking to an open area gives an awesome view of the prairie. All in all, this a great park to hike so many different trails.

hiking
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Very nice trail. Been here a number of times.

hiking
Saturday, June 15, 2013

One of the nicer parks in the area-- more diverse landscape than nearby areas. More wildlife and many different routes to hike. Refreshing :)

hiking
Wednesday, May 08, 2013


This was a nice trail, good for a quick daytime hike. It starts with a straight wood path with a beautiful view of limestone ridges/canyon to the left, called the Rim Trail. The view to the right is a busy road, about half a mile away but with no tree cover in between to soften. I took a branch to the right after that called the Armadillo Trail, which is a loop that connects back to the Rim Trail. My GPS measured the whole walk at 1.5 miles. There's not much elevation.

hiking
Sunday, October 21, 2012

I went to check out the trail and what I found was a road leading to a little park with a turn-around, and nothing else. What did I miss? I didn't see a trail anywhere.

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