Rolling green hills, blue water springs, and violet sunsets form a shimmering crown over the most perfect land there ever was – the Hill Country is a setting like no other. At the crossroads of northern plains, arid desert, and rich soil, its limestone and live oaks create a rugged landscape that is distinctly Texan. And since the Hill Country was first settled, generations of Texans have built cities and towns in harmony with its natural beauty. Now it’s up to us to continue that tradition.

Capital Campaign


velowayOn May 1, 2014 Hill Country Conservancy embarked upon its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date: a capital campaign to raise $13,125,000 in three years. This campaign is comprehensive meaning that every dollar raised by HCC within the three year campaign time frame goes towards that lofty goal. To date, HCC has raised almost $12,500,000 in gifts and pledges. We hope you will join us!

The Violet Crown Trail will traverse a 30-mile corridor of urban parks and rural natural areas from Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park into Hays County, and will provide recreational and educational experiences for people of all ages. By connecting to community-defining landmarks like Barton Springs Pool and the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, the completed Violet Crown Trail will be a jewel in the Central Texas trail network. Its scope, ambition, and lasting impact on our community make the Violet Crown Trail the project of a generation. Contributing to its success means leaving the legacy of a lifetime.

The first phase of trail construction began in 2014. Beginning in March 2015, the Texas Conservation Corp began installing new mile marker and wayfinding sign posts on the main trail of the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail/Violet Crown Trail system. The first six miles of this trail system, from Zilker Park to Brodie Lane at Highway 290, officially opened to the public in August of 2015.

Fill out and return the pledge form to become part of the legacy of donors.

Help us complete the next phase of the Violet Crown Trail


You can support the Violet Crown Trail project and bring us closer to completing the next section of trail by becoming a Violet Crown Trail Member. Members play an important role in supporting our message and they receive special gifts for joining.
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Capital Campaign Committee

Campaign Co-Chairs:
Carlotta McLean
Gary Valdez

Austin Professionals Co-Chair:
Doug Manchester

Board Liaison & EPIC Co-Chairs:
Ashley Kegley-Whitehead
Francisco Albornoz

Sunset Valley:
Mayor Rose Cardona

Auxiliary Committee:
Beau Armstrong
Paul Bury
Steve Drenner
Gary Farmer
Emily Moreland
Laurie Swan
Leslie Lockett Sweet
Gilbert Tuhabonye
General Campaign Committee Members:
Francisco Albornoz
Amanda Berger
Elizabeth Buchanan
Michelle Dippel
Camille Drenner
Cooper Drenner
Andrea Rado Hamilton
Doria Hanna
Cami Hawkins
Lea Holubec
Gerardo Interiano
Corby Jastrow
Laura Lane
Maile Roberts-Loring
Flora Marvin
Annette Marquez
Bryce Miller
Nick Moulinet
Larry Peel
Hellen & Jeff Pennell
Beth Plater
Katie Ryan
Jill Shackelford
Taylor Steed
Peg Treadwell
Matt Valdez
Jennifer Wenzel
Will Wheeler

Our Supporters

City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department
City of Austin Public Works Department
Still Water Foundation
Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation
American Reinvestment & Recovery Act
Brandywine Realty Trust
Buena Vista Foundation
Creekmore & Adele Fath Foundation
Endeavor Real Estate
Gary & Susan Farmer
Cindy & Patrick Fox
Heritage Title Company of Austin
Sheridan & Perry Lorenz
Douglas W. Manchester & The Manchester Foundation
Nalle Woods Realty Company, LLC
Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Ruby
Save Barton Creek Association
Shield-Ayres Foundation
Stratus Properties
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Walters Southwest
Austin Community Foundation
Balcones Resources
Ellen & Jim Balthazar
Barshop & Oles Co.
Baxter Trust
Kyndel & Laura Bennett
CBRE & Trammell Crow Company
Bill Cariker & Dr. Lynne Boggs
Caroline & Clayton Christopher
David & Sharon Jamail Family Foundation
DPR Construction
EarthShare of Texas
Susan & Bobby Epstein
Frost Bank
Green Mountain Energy Company
HM Grey Rock Development, Inc. (Hanna/Magee L.P.)
Lea & Paul Holubec
David Honeycutt
IBC Bank
The Jim and Jessie Ruby Family Partnership, Ltd.
KCL Foundation, Inc.
Gary Keller & Mary Pfluger
Laura Lane & Dean Tuel
Carolyn & Jack Long
Carlotta & Bill McLean
Meadows Foundation Inc.
Tory & Karen Meyer
Bryce & Kris Miller
Nelson Puett Foundation
Texas Gas Service/ONE Gas Foundation
O’Shaughnessy-Rivers Family Fund
Real Estate Council of Austin
Storm Ranch
Surgeons Who Only Care for Kids
Topfer Family Foundation
Travis County MUD #4
Heather & Phillip Wilhelm
That Cool Yancy Family
Francisco Albornoz
American Bank
Austin Pediatric Surgery
Luci Baines Johnson & Ian Turpin
Rebecca & Chuck Baxter
Amanda & Ryan Berger
The Berger Company
Lori & Tito Beveridge
Brookfield Residential Properties
J. Dan & Georgia Brown
Buie & Company
The Burdine Johnson Foundation
Cat Tequila
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
Carolyn Sue Chapman
Marjorie & Greg Christopher
Cielo Property Group
Corridor Title Co.
Cypress Real Estate Advisors
Mr. & Mrs. Griffin Davis
Drenner Group
Georgia B. Lucas Fund of the Austin Community Foundation
Gray Engineering
Dowe Gullatt
Rae & Richard Hill
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP
Joanie & Moise Levy
Flora & Robert Marvin
Mary A. & Thomas F. Grasselli Endowment Foundation
Tala Matchett
Meinig Family Foundation
The Melchizedek Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas
Matt Murphy
Bettye Nowlin, Lesley Blessing, & Kathryn Nowlin
Larry Peel
Plains Capital Bank
The Powell Foundation
Powers Energy Consulting, LLC
Ellen Prediger & Damir Spanjol
RGK Foundation
Bob & Beth Schlechter
Elizabeth & Rob Shands
George & Donna Shipley
SouthStar Bank
Standard Pacific Homes
Susan Vaughn Foundation
Leslie & Reid Sweet
Jack Taylor & Peter Maxson
Taylor Morrison
Hannah Temple & Christopher Sanders
Tom & Colleen Terkel
Texas Enterprises, Inc.
Texas Land Trust Council
Total Wine & More
Urbanspace Real Estate & Interiors
Jessica & Greg Weaver
Jill & Stephen Wilkinson
Winkler Family Foundation
Melissa & John Zapp
Krystle & Christian Alvarado
Kelly & Bart Arnold
Bayhurst Foundation
Jon Beall & Becky Jolin
Mr. Rex Bohls
Jeb Boyt & Nada Lulic
Anne Brockenbrough
Butler Nonprofit Consulting
Capitol Anesthesiology Association
Michelle & Alan Cline
Mary Elizabeth & George Cofer
Continental Automotive Group
Cotner, LLC
Dell Children’s Medical Center
DFI Resources
Tracy & Michael Dileo
Elite Pools of Austin
Focus Strategies Merchant Investments, LLC
Give 5% to Mother Earth
Laurie & Dirk Gosda
Caroline & Brian Haley
Cami & John Hawkins
Eric Hoffman
Laura & Patrick Hotze
Russell & Belle Hoverman
Independence Title Company
The Jacob & Therese Hershey Foundation
Maria & Robert Josey
Ashley Kegley-Whitehead & Sean Whitehead
Knobloch Family Foundation
Lowe Foundation
Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP/ ML&R Wealth Management LLC
David & Christy May
Terry Moore
Tessa & Isabel Moulinet
Native, Inc.
Colleen & Joe Ogilvie
Grace & Jack Powers
The Prentice Foundation, Inc.
William D. Redd
Republic Ranches
Bob Richardson
RideScout, LLC
Mr. Tim Riley
Maile Roberts-Loring
Jessy & Chris Rusch
Katie Ryan
Sam & Jill Shackelford
Diane Shaktman
The Shapiro Families at Austin Metal & Iron
Silicon Laboratories, Inc.
Craig Smith
The Speedwell Foundation
Taylor Steed
Stubb’s Austin Restaurant, LC
Texas Land Conservancy
T.L.L. Temple Foundation
Adam Vehik
Carmin & Scott Way
Jennifer & Casey Wenzel
Neel White
Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation
Wolff Family Foundation
Sam & Sandy Zabaneh
Albert Family Charitable Fund
Mr. Fernando Albornoz & Mrs. Marcela Contreras
Mr. Paul Grosso & Mrs. Paula Angerstein
The Arch & Stella Rowan Foundation, Inc.
Susan & Jeff Armstrong
Austin Title/Josh Williams
Aveda Corporation
Margy & Bob Ayres
Amy & Josh Baer
Bank Of America
Marianne Barnevik-Olsson
Barton Springs Nursery
Amanda Beck Foster
Josh Beglau
Mary & Jerry Bell
Margaret & James Bennett
Darby & Dan Berra
Karen & Mike Blizzard
David Braun
Sage & Matt Briggs
Ruthie & Gene Burrus
Dick Butler
Mollie & Steve Butler
Molly Cagle
Mayor Rose Cardona
Mr. Baker Montgomery
Francis Chambers, Jr.
Chris Perri Law
ClayDesta, L.P.
Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman, & Lee, P.C.
Heidi Cohn
Kent Collins
Wendy & Kevin Connally
Harper & Dave Connell
Constructive Ventures, Inc.
Martha Coons
Christine & Jim Cowden
Ashley Croswell
Cameron Crow
Matt Curtis & Christie Johnson
Jenny & Frank Davis
Rhett & Donna Dawson
DCI Engineers
Brian Deitch
Krista & Bobby Dillard
Joe Diquinzio
Sarah & Tony Disimone
Don Barker Roofing & Stucco, Inc.
Nicholas Dowd
Shannon & Kelly Dowell
Joe & Karen Draker
Camille & Cooper Drenner
Mr. Roger Duncan & Jo Clifton
Vickie Dunlevy
Cary Dupuy
Amber & Doug Elenz
Bryan Embrey
George Anne Elmore
Madeline Enos
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Emma Esparza
ExxonMobil Foundaton
Stephanie Falck
Kristin & Drake Fason
John Faught
Scott Fehrenkamp
Juli & Rolland Fellows
John Fields
Firehouse Animal Health Center
Cassie & Creed Ford
Formby Foundation
Four T Realty
Mary Ann & Ben Frishman
Gables Construction
Justin Garrett
Quen & Jesus Garza
Natalie Gauldin
Belinda & DeWitt Gayle
Cindy Gerhart
Becky & Kerry Getter
Kate & Steve Goode
Mr. Larry Graham
Shannon & Erich Grethel
Wendy & Steven Griessen
Alice & Chris Gunter
Jean & Michael Haggerty
Mr. William Hamilton
Jay & Doria Hanna
David Hartman
Margaret Hasse
Katie Kime & Greg Henry
Highland Resources, Inc.
Dickie & Susie Hile
John & Laura Beckworth/Hobby Family Foundation
Stacy & Joel Hock
Mr. Matthew Hoglund
Mary Ann Holland
Son Hong
Ms. Brandi N. Horne
Hotel San Jose
Husch Blackwell
Aynsley & Gerardo Interiano
Jamie L. Barshop Charitable Fund
Jordan Foster Construction, LLC
Mike Josephs
Emily Jung
Harris & Lynda Kaffie
KBGE Engineering
Ann & Tom Kelsey
Bart & Barbara Knaggs
Mary Elizabeth & Steven Knebel
Marc Knight
Robert & Betty Knight
Sara Koeninger
The Kor Group
Fritz Korth
Ms. Laura Ladd
Matthew Lara
LBJ Family Foundation
Lisa Lee
Justin Lindabury
Sue Littlefield
Live Oak Gottesman LLC
Eddie Lopez
Richard Maier
Katherine Malm
Ana & Dave Martin
Michael Martine
Tom & Carol Martine
Vera & Jeff Massaro
Deborah & Matt Mathias
Mr. James McBride & Mrs. Laura McBride
Maline & Dudley McCalla
Anne & John McKinnerney
Joanne Summerhays & Jamie McNally
Brandie & Andrew Meyer
J Edward Meyer
Meta Hunt & Trent Miller
Luci Miller
Miller Blue Print Company
Mr. & Mrs. Terry Mitchell
Tim & Catie Mohin
Scott Moorhead
Emily Moreland
Moreland Properties
Mary Lou & Charles Morrison
Christie & Bill Nalle
Deep Nasta
Nature Conservancy Of Texas – Austin
Melissa & Jonathan Neslund
Norton Rose Fulbright
Cynthia Norvell
NRG Energy
Dick Obenhaus
Victoria & Brian Ozimek
Kyle & Catherine Parks
Laura & Bruce Patterson
Robert & Allyson Peerman
Pioneer Bank
Mary & Will Pitts
Beth & Brian Plater
Amy Porter
Daniel B. Porter
Russell & Stephanie Post
Catherine & Will Powers
Yvonne Puig
Raja Rajavel
Redleaf Properties, LLC
Republic Ranches
Anne & David Reynolds
RIDE Indoor Cycling, LLC
Susan Goff & Scott Roberts
Carol & Pat Robertson
Alex & Robbie Robinette
George & Ceecy Robinson
Leland Rocchio
David Ruiz
RW Trine, LLC
Mr. Emery Buchner & Dr. Julie Sanchez
Mary Sanger
James Michael Schissler
Mc. Tim Cookingham & Mrs. Valerie Schuster
Marietta & Wally Scott
Michele Seghers
Kathleen & Ryan Seiders
Susie & Jay Shands
Terrell & Myles Sherman
Shomos Family Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Anne & Richard Smalling
Butch & Jeannie Smith
Nicole Ryan Stallings
Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Steiner
Sandi & Peter Steinfeld
Stewart Title Austin
Kristi Stotts
TBG Partners
Ms. Christine Ten Eyck
Martha Terry
The Tecumseh Foundation
Eddie Thomas
Thomas J. Reinhart Foundation
Colleen Trabold
Travis Country 5K
Bonnie & Terry Tull
Ann Turnbull Lowry
Urban Land Institute
Matt Valdez
Ben & Daphne Vaughan
Wally Workman Gallery, LLC
Lawrence Warshaw
Amy & Jerry Webberman
Seth Whitney
Jennifer Wiebrand
Patti Wilkinson
Mr. & Mrs. KC Willis
Wilson Goldrick Realtors Incorporated
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Winetroub
Gail Worrell
Stanford Young
Kevin & Suzanne Zarling