Miller Springs Nature Center

Parks and Recreation

Contact Us


Office: (254) 933-5860
Fax: (254) 933-2469

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 120
Belton, TX 76513

Physical Address:
401 N. Alexander St.
Belton, TX 76513

8 am-5 pm

Parks Master Plan


Miller Springs Nature Center
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Miller Springs Nature Center is a 260 acre scenic natural area shared by the cities of Belton and Temple in the historic "Tennessee Valley". The nature preserve is open to the self guided public, at no charge, each day of the year. Visitors will enjoy hiking/biking with over 10 miles of trails divided into several loops.

Physical Address:
Hwy 2271
North of Lake Belton Spillway
Belton, TX 76513

8 AM-Dusk


Miller Springs opened as a park after construction of the Belton Dam and Lake in 1954. Owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers, camping and fishing were popular activities on both sides of the dam. The area was left open to the public with no controls from the 1960's-1980's, and vandalism problems subsequently occurred during that time. From December 1991 to March of 1992, Belton Lake experienced rainfall of 22 inches. The lake rose 40 feet! For 42 days, water overflowed the spillway, reaching a depth of nearly 4 feet. The water flowing across the spillway and down into Miller Springs created new canyons and exposed geological formations. In 1993, the Miller Springs Alliance took over the lease and maintained the area, with a desire to protect it and see it used for educational and environmentally sustainable activities. They did so up until recently, when the City of Belton & the City of Temple took over the lease to maintain the area. 

Amenities/Recreational Opportunities:
-More than 10 miles of trails available for public hiking, biking, and dog walking.
-25 acres of wetlands provide excellent bird watching opportunities
-Picnic Areas
-Map of Miller Springs Nature Center (Map is also posted at several locations in the park itself)

How You Can Help:
We rely heavily on volunteer efforts to keep Miller Springs Nature Center functioning and clean. If you're an individual who would like to be added to our email list regarding future volunteer dates, please email us at If you are part of a civic/volunteer group looking for opportunities/projects, please fill out this form or reach out to our department for more info.