On Saturday, September 27, our Giant Sycamore will be one of the National Public Lands Day projects. During the morning of the 27th, we’ll be moving the picnic tables, the sign board, and the hitching rails further from the tree base to allow the soil under the tree to recover to its natural state. We’ll also be spreading bark mulch under the tree to speed up the soil’s recuperation.

For this project, we’ll have permission from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) to use their construction road to drive our vehicles down to Wilson Creek and park there. So instead of an 8-mile hike to reach the tree, it will now be only a short ¼ mile walk.
If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Duke Monson at duke.fhollow@earthlink.net or 214-422-2929 with the number of adults who will be coming, and if you can provide any of the following tools:

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Metal-tined pitchfork

If you can come, you’ll need water, bug-spray, long pants, long-sleeves, gloves, and a bag-lunch. We’ll start at 830am and hopefully be finished by noon. Duke will provide directions to the construction road entrance as you RSVP.

TTPA will bring chainsaws and some hand tools.

Where – NTMWD Construction entrance on Orr Road
When – 830am, Saturday, September 27
Directions from Highland Park trailhead – exit the trailhead and turn right on Snider Lane. Follow Snider Lane to the end, and turn right onto Winningkoff. Follow Winningkoff, through the stop sign at Blondy Jheune, and to the next stop sign. Turn left onto Orr Road. Follow Orr Road past the main entrance to the Wastewater Treatment plant, and turn right into the construction entrance (50yds past the main entrance).
Directions from US75 – exit onto Stacey Rd eastbound. Follow Stacey Rd until it ends at the light on Country Club Drive. Turn left onto Country Club and then turn right at the next light (you are now back on Stacey Rd). Follow Stacey Rd until it dead ends at a stop sign, turn right onto Orr Rd. About 1 mile south, you will reach the construction entrance to the Wastewater Treatment plant. If you reach the main entrance, you’ve gone 50yds to far.

Gallery Snippets
Horse watering hole Charlie visiting with friends Heading out Shelly afterride Riders enjoying the trail