Established in 2005, the 25-acre
Peckinpaugh Preserve merges 10 acres generously donated by Mrs. Patricia Peckinpaugh
Hubbard and 15 acres contributed by the Houston Audubon Society.
The preserve is
named in honor of Mrs. Hubbard's parents. Mrs. Hubbard's father, William Thomas Peckinpaugh, purchased the land in the 1920s.
The preserve is located adjacent to the Riley Fuzzel Road bridge. Spring Creek forms the
southern boundary of this beautifully wooded preserve, with
undeveloped forest land and the Spring Trails subdivision to the north.
The preserve is protected by a conservation easement held by Bayou Land Conservancy.
The preserve was made possible with the assistance of Bayou Land Conservancy who helped negotiate a
land swap between Houston Audubon Society and the Midway Companies,
developer of the adjacent Spring Trails subdivision. Houston Audubon
owned a nearby 11-acre parcel that was not on Spring Creek and inaccessible
to the public, so they swapped for 15 acres owned by
Midway Companies, and then donated the land to Montgomery County
for the Spring Creek Greenway.
A canoe launch has opened at the end of Old Riley Fuzzel Road, adjacent to the Peckinpaugh Preserve, which offers
direct access to Spring Creek. The preserve contains 2,385 linear feet
or almost one-half of a mile of frontage along the banks of Spring Creek.
When Bayou Land Conservancy established the conservation easement on the 25-acre
preserve, they stated it had the following conservation purposes:
Conservation of an important migratory stop-over and wintering area
along Spring Creek for waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.
Protection of forested riparian area from development encroachment.
Protection of floodway and the 100-year-floodplain of Spring Creek
from clearing, so as to retain optimum floodwater
retention capacity of property.
Inclusion in Spring Creek Greenway Project, a comprehensive
conservation effort to protect the north and south banks of Spring
Get The Facts!
Check out the Peckinpaugh Preserve Plant and Animal List and Fact Sheet.
Spring Creek Tree Guide!
Check out the trees along Spring Creek.
Photos from Peckinpaugh Preserve biolgical survey, as well as aerial
photography taken from 1944 through 2005 are presented in online galleries.
Location and Information
1209 Old Riley Fuzzel Road
Spring, Texas 77386
For more information about the Preserve, contact:
Montgomery County Precicnt 3 Commissioner's Office
281-367-3977 or 936-539-7817