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Why give to Hill Country Conservancy?
VIOLET CROWN TRAIL: Connecting the Community to Nature
In 2006 the Board of Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) conceived the idea of creating a “walk for a day” to allow unprecedented access to nature through preserved Hill Country land. Once complete, the 30-mile trail will provide a unique recreational experience stretching from Zilker Park south through Sunset Valley to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and continuing further south into the rolling countryside of Hays County.
The first 6 miles of the trail officially opened in 2015 and construction began on the next 7 miles late last year, with the goal being for this new segment to open in late 2017. This section includes the trail which will connect the 290 Trailhead to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Veloway. When the first 13 miles of the VCT are finished, HCC will immediately begin work on the final 17 mile segment traversing through otherwise inaccessible Water Quality Protection Lands in a uniquely natural setting.
EXPANDED FOCUS AREA:
HCC officially announced that it has expanded its focus area to include six counties within the greater Texas Hill Country region. The expanded area includes Travis, Hays, Llano, Blanco, Burnet, and San Saba counties, an area selected in order to ensure an even greater conservation impact in future years.
Construction on the next 7 miles of trail and expanded work in the new focus area has kicked off as HCC enters the final months of a three-year Capital Campaign – its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. The campaign goal of $13.125 million includes funds for land conservation and stewardship in the expanded focus area as well as funds for the continued development of the Violet Crown Trail. As of January 1, 2017, HCC has announced that we are only $1 million away from our campaign goal.