Wimberley Bat Cave. Photo credit: Ray Don Tilley, WVWA

Coleman’s Canyon Preserve is a 117-acre land conservation and restoration project contiguous to Jacob’s Well Natural Area. The property contains significant karst features that recharge Jacob’s Well Spring including the iconic Wimberley Bat Cave and over 100 acres of Golden Cheeked Warbler habitat.  Preserving and enhancing this land helps protect groundwater supplies, water quality, Jacob’s Well spring flow, and Cypress Creek flow.

A robust project plan was presented to the Hays County Parks and Open Spaces Commission to more than double the size of the Jacob’s Well Natural Area and protect critical recharge area within the Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone.

The Coleman’s Canyon Preserve project would diversify the County’s recreational experiences and expands trails, scenic vistas, greenways and preserves. The preserve has 117 acres of beautiful Hill Country canyon vistas, is adjacent to the Jacob’s Well Natural Area and is within the recently established Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone.

Recharge that enters the groundwater system at Coleman’s Canyon affects Jacob’s Well.

This project offers significant environmental benefits that include protecting sensitive recharge caves and karst features, improving the quality of groundwater recharge vital to keeping Jacob’s Well and Cypress Creek flowing, preserving high-quality critical wildlife habitat, and could lessen flooding potential through strategically located green infrastructure projects.

Project Presentation for POSAC (pdf, June 2020)

Project Information Form (pdf, 5-page summary)