The John F. Burke Nature Preserve in Farmers Branch is the perfect place to enjoy the views, relax, unwind and let nature take its course.

Revel in the beauty of untouched native lands right in the middle of the big city. The city of Farmers Branch, in cooperation with the North Texas Tollway Authority and the Valwood Improvement Authority, presents the John F. Burke Nature Preserve, a 104-acre retreat for those who love to take a walk on the wild side! The Preserve is the perfect place to study the great outdoors and is ideal for Boy Scout troops and other organized groups looking to take advantage of the park’s educational opportunities. Groups can walk through the scenic grounds or opt to explore the nightlife on an overnight adventure.

Located only 10 miles from DFW Airport, the preserve offers visitors the chance to experience seasonal wetlands and upland forests, as well as the creatures that thrive in both habitats. From native and migratory birds to indigenous plants, wildflowers and other wildlife, this urban oasis lets you enjoy them all without leaving the city.

In 2023 the John F. Burke Nature Preserve underwent a renovation that added new amenities to the preserve including a crushed granite trail, two natural service trails, a boardwalk overlooking the pond, wildlife viewing points, rest points, and coming in the summer of 2023 – restrooms.