John F. Burke Nature Preserve

Beauty of Nature

The John F Burke Nature Preserve, located at 1111 Valley View Lane, is a 104 acre tract of land representing a partnership between The City of Farmers Branch, Valwood Improvement Authority and the North Texas Tollway Authority. A unique ecosystem of upland forests and wetlands along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in the heart of the urban Metroplex comprise the preserve. Natural surface trails provide access to experience this hidden jewel.
The Preserve is named for John F. Burke, a long-term, devoted City employee. As a City employee of 35 years, John was the visionary responsible for creating the Farmers Branch park system. Additionally, John served as Assistant City Manager and ultimately as City Manager leaving his mark of excellence on the City. As a lover of nature and all things outdoors, the Preserve is a fitting tribute to the service of John F. Burke.
Visitors may enjoy the plants and wildlife, but take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Trail Map

The natural surface trail may be uneven in areas, so please watch your step when traveling the trails. Due to the natural wetlands, the Preserve may have limited accessibility during periods of rain.

Call 972.919.2625 for information.


Trail map
JFBNP Trees and Shrubs
JFBNP 2016 Master Plan Overview
JFBNP 2016 Master Plan Overview Map