Facts and Directions


While construction is taking place, there are three ways to access The Meadow:

  • You can park in front of our gates (not on the street) which are located at the Eastern end of Hedgcoxe (Turn to the East from Alma and drive to the end of Hedgcoxe, our gates are immediately to the right of the house with the purple door.)  After you park, walk around the gates, through the vacant lot, cross the staircase, or walk around it and you will be in the middle of the Upper Meadow.
  • You can turn left on Greensboro when Hedgcoxe ends, park next to the public park at the end of Greensboro, walk across the park to the sidewalk, take a right and walk into the Meadow.
  • Volunteers are at the Meadow on most weekday mornings from nine until Noon and you can park in the Alma parking area, walk down the gravel road, cross the bridge (we leave the temp gate open) and walk into the Meadow.

The Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve is on the border of Allen and Plano just to the east of Alma Drive, north of Hedgcoxe Drive and just south of Bethany Drive.

Directions: From Highway 75

  • Exit Bethany Drive and go west approximately 1 mile.
  • Turn left (south) onto Alma Drive.
  • Take the next left though the open gate.
  • (If you reach Hedgcoxe and Tom Thumb, you have gone too far.)
  • Park to the left of the entrance.

If you want to look it up on Google, iPad or iPhone or GPS, the best way is to use street address:

300 Tatum Rd, Allen, TX.

The Meadow Nature Preserve Entrance and Parking is directly across the street (Alma) from this address.

There is also an entrance via a trail from the parking lot for Suncreek Park in Allen.

No facilities are available on the property but there is a port-o-let available adjacent to the property.

No bikes or motorized vehicles please.

There is a gentle increase in elevation from the lower meadow to the upper meadow (582 to 630 feet).


Alma Access Parking lot at Main Entrance – at Alma, South of Bethany Drive in Allen. Please park ONLY in the Alma Entrance parking lot. DO NOT drive on any of the other roads – they are private property.
Suncreek Park Access Public access is also available to the Connemara Nature Preserve via a trail on the eastern edge of the Suncreek Park in Allen. (map)
Trails Roughly mowed, Not paved, Surrounded by tall grasses most of year.
Facilities A port-o-let is available on site.
Gates Open Dawn to dusk
Ages All ages welcome. Dogs allowed by Pooch Permit only.
What to Wear
             On Walks Long pants, Closed-toe shoes, Bug spray, Sunscreen or Hat in all seasons.
     On Work Days Sturdy shoes, Bug spray, Hat, Layered clothing – Long pants, Long-sleeved shirt.
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