An Adventurer’s Guide to The Great Outdoors of Temple

The Great Outdoors of Temple

One of the most important things about the summer months is finding exciting, adventurous ways to spend the days.  And what better adventure is there than exploring the outdoors and all that it has to offer? So often we find ourselves in a traveling mood to see the sights, enjoy the sun, and to get outdoors.  Here in Temple we have the luxury of having access to so many vibrant and beautiful landscapes.  Between the trails, the lake, and the parks, Temple has the outdoor experience you have been searching for.

 

Relaxing Days at the Lake

A popular summer bucket list item is going to the beach and being able to stick your toes in the sand.  A good beach day consists of relaxing warmth from the sun and gentle waves.  Lake Belton provides the perfect setup for calming waves lapping along the bank, picturesque sunsets, and a comforting outdoor temperature. Though not your typical beach setting, you can find comfort and relaxation at the B.L.O.R.A. (Belton Lake Outdoor Recreational Area) and at various parks surrounding the lake. The expansive area of the B.L.O.R.A. has access to riding trails, paintball, a climbing wall, and a swimming pool.  This recreational area also has its own beach, known as the Sierra Beach, where you can swim, enjoy the water, and have a beach day the central Texas way. Check the B.L.O.R.A. website for updates on when this section will open. Along with this lake setting, Cedar Ridge Park and Westcliff Park are also located along the water and have the perfect space to picnic, grill, and spend time with friends. 

 

Into the Woods

Another great way to spend time outdoors is to go on a nature walk and check out a few local trails.  Pepper Creek walking trail is a beautiful mixture of wooded and open trail scenery.  This trail is also on the same grounds of the disc golf course at Crossroads Park. With charming bridges and stunning waterfalls, this trail is truly something special. On your walk through the Pepper Creek area you could see several wildlife species out in the fields.  This includes field rabbits, lizards, and deer.  The area is gorgeous and you will be at peace in all the nature that surrounds you.  A great tip for the outdoorsmen: if you are going to walk the trails, go earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to beat the heat and enjoy the walk.

Miller Springs Nature Center also has trails to hike, bike, or walk the dogs.  The landscape provides a picture-worthy backdrop for all your activity needs.  With walking trails, and mixed environmental scenery, Miller Springs is a nature destination you are sure to love.  Another fantastic park with trails is Chalk Ridge Falls.  Take your pets for a walk and marvel at this scenic area.  You can also bird watch, scope out the local flowers, and look at the outdoor attractions like the cave and waterfalls.  

 

Playgrounds, Splash Pads, and Neighborhood Parks

Another fantastic option to consider is going to local parks with playgrounds, splash pads, and more!  For families with young children, this is a great way to pass the time on a summer afternoon.  Some parks you can find here in Temple are Lions Park, Miller Park, Jaycee Park, and West Temple Park.  These parks are only a handful of the vast list of parks Temple has to offer.  For a full list of parks, check out the city of Temple’s parks website.

Miller, Jaycee, and West Temple all have splash pads that the kids always enjoy.  The parks also have walking trails, playgrounds, and outdoor sports areas such as soccer fields, baseball fields, and basketball courts. Whistle Stop Park’s train-themed attractions are always fun for the children. The kids can pretend to be train conductors and engineers, letting their imaginations run wild on this lively playground.  Another fun park to play at is Optimist Park.  This neighborhood park is dinosaur themed.  Take a ride on the wild side with this Jurassic, pre-historic themed park. 

 

Camping in Style

Moreover, if you are in the mood for a true outdoors experience, try your hand at camping. A few examples of places to camp include: Live Oak Ridge, Cedar Ridge, Stillhouse, and Temple Lake Park.  At these areas you can find picnic spots, campgrounds, water access points, trails, and pavilions. Roast s’mores by the fire pits at the campgrounds, swim in the lake access points, or hike the terrain to further explore the area.  With so many camping areas throughout Temple, there’s plenty of different sites and surroundings to see.

At camping sites in Stillhouse, the cost to rent one of the campgrounds is $40 per day. There are water and electricity hookups on both sites, and pets are allowed. This setup is perfect for an outdoor adventure with the family. Or, for millennials interested in a weekend camping trip with their beloved four-legged friends, grab a hammock and camping gear with all your pet supplies and enjoy a weekend away with your pet.  Another fantastic camping option is the Turkey Roost Campground located in Cedar Ridge Park.  This campground has horseshoe pits, is close to the water, and has RV hookups for anyone traveling with a motor home or travel trailer. Enjoy an overnight stay on the lake with walking trails, outdoor sports activities, and a magnificent view. 

 

The Great Temple Outdoors

Temple has a lot of wonderful areas to explore.  The city is rich in nature, parks, and trails. With a selection this large, you are sure to find an activity you love in the great outdoors here in Temple.  Outdoor activities are perfect for families, couples, and those who love to travel with their pets.  What are you waiting for?  Check Out Temple’s Parks and Recreation for more information to book, plan, and find the perfect spot for your next outdoor adventure.

 


National Disc Golf Day

 

Soar into summer with this fun national day.  August 7th is National Disc Golf Day. This day marks a new chance to get outside and learn a new recreational sport, or for seasoned disc golf enthusiasts, a chance to play a few rounds.  Bring your own discs and come out to one of the many disc golf courses that Temple has to offer.  Whether you are an experienced player or a casual first-timer, this recreational activity is fun for everyone!

Crossroads Disc Golf Course

Crossroads Disc Golf Course is located in the Crossroads Recreational Complex at 1020 Research Parkway.  This course is one of the newest disc golf courses built in Temple. The Crossroads course was established in 2019. The course has twenty-seven holes to play with mixed terrain such as open flatland and wooded areas. The mixture of scenery creates a fun challenge for even the most experienced players. 

Player Tip: watch out for the heavily-wooded areas. The abundance of trees and the creek that runs through a few of the holes can be tricky to navigate. It is not uncommon to lose a disc or two on this course. The extra obstacles in the way can make the course more challenging; however, the added difficulty makes the game more fun.  On top of that, when you make it through the course with all your discs intact, there’s a new sense of accomplishment and pride. 

This disc golf course primarily has par three holes with varying short and long distances. Of the twenty-seven holes, twenty are par threes. The remaining holes are par fours.  To break even on this course with a perfect par, players will need to score eighty-eight.  Between the extensive amount of trees, creek crossings, and the connection through Pepper Creek Walking Trail, the course provides an excellent challenge for players of all skill levels.

Lions Park

Located at 4320 Lions Park Road, this disc golf course was established in 2005.  The course terrain is moderately hilly and wooded. There are twenty-one holes with sixteen of them being par threes. This course has several shorter holes as well as some challenging, longer holes. To breakeven on this course, players will need to score a total par of sixty-five. The course is a great option for anyone who wants to play for a few hours, have a great time, and experience different course terrains.  

Additionally, if travelling in a group with other people that aren’t keen on disc golf, you can play the course while they check out a few of the park’s other amenities.  Lions Park has playgrounds, softball fields, and hiking/biking trails.  For players who want to bring their beloved four-legged companions, Lions Park is also home to the Central Texas Bark Park. Your pet will love being outdoors by your side as you disc golf, but they will enjoy it even more when they see the wonderful dog park located on the grounds. Play this recreational sport in rounds of seven and take your dog to the Bark Park for a break before heading back out, or play through the course and let your pet play after.  This park’s course is excellent if you’re looking to play the course and do a few more activities in the same place.

South Temple Community Park

Located at 5000 South 5th St, this course is another fantastic option to play through for national disc golf day. The terrain is lightly wooded with mostly flat surfaces.  The course has eighteen holes.  Fourteen of these holes are par threes with the remaining four set at par fours.  Six of the holes pass through or around the creek located in the middle of the park. To break even on this course, players will need to end with a score of 58. With par threes and par fours, this course is great for players travelling solo or in a group.

Heritage Park

Heritage Park located in Belton was established in 2019. This course has eighteen holes and a mixed terrain. Twelve of the holes are par threes. The remaining holes are par four.  Some holes are long and span across the park’s large flatlands and stretch along the Leon River. Other holes on the course are nestled in the woods and prove to be an excellent challenge for any disc golfer. Break even with a final score of sixty on this course. This course is also PDGA-approved and hosts tournaments throughout the year. 

UMHB Disc Golf Course

The course located at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is perfect for beginners to the recreational sport.  Located approximately fifteen minutes from Temple, this course in Belton is a mere car ride away and plenty of fun.  This course is relatively short compared to others in the area, but don’t let that discourage you.  With varying terrains, hills, and gorgeous landscapes, this course is a shorter course that provides just as much fun and challenge as longer courses in the area. The course has 9 holes and is full of par threes. To get a perfect par score on this course, disc golf players will need to score 27. For players looking for a disc golf experience with limited time, this course is short enough that players can finish fairly quickly and have time to head out to their next activities.

May the Course Be With You

Whether you are a beginner, a novice, or a professional, the courses located in Bell County are fun and challenging.  Disc golf is a sport that can be enjoyed alone or in a group.  With an excellent range of courses in both terrain and length, there are several options for avid disc golf enthusiasts to test out.  Let your discs take flight and enjoy the many courses Bell County has to offer.