Eaton Hill Nature Center & Preserve

Frequently Asked Questions


Below are some of the most frequently asked questions received by Eaton Hill Nature Center. We've done our best to answer common questions, but if you don't see your question here or need more information, please visit the contact page of our website and shoot us a message. Questions on our regular business days are generally answered within 24 hours. Questions sent on non-business days will be answered on the next business day.





When are you open?


The regular business hours for the Eaton Hill Nature Center are Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Trails are open every day from sunup to sundown - enjoy yourself, but please take nothing but photographs and memories and leave nothing but footprints!

How do I get there?


Eaton Hill Nature Center is located at 500 City Hill Road in Sonora, Texas. You can see Old Glory flying proudly above our acreage from I-10. Our location is displayed on the map below. Or, for step-by-step interactive directions, please click here.




What should I bring / wear?


Visitors are responsible for their own water, so please do bring bottled water and dispose of trash responsibly. In warmer seasons, you may wish to bring a hat to provide shade on our more open and rocky trails. In the summertime, sunscreen is good to have on hand. In cooler and colder weather, temperatures in the valley and on shaded trails tend to drop, so during fall and winter months, be sure to have a jacket or coat on hand, depending on the weather.

Year-round visitors should wear comfortable hiking boots or tennis shoes to hike the trails. Trails are rocky and footing can become tricky with shoes such as western boots or flip-flops. Are you a birder or photographer? Bring binoculars or your camera - or both! We exist to foster connections to nature, so please bring whatever tools or equipment you typically utilize to enjoy an outdoor hobby (no alcohol or illicit substances are allowed on the property. Violators will be prosecuted.

Not a hiker? We've still got you covered - the nature center facility has three porches perfect for enjoying a great book, birdwatching, or simply enjoying the outdoors. Please help yourself. Picnics welcome.

Where can I get a trail map?


A copy of our trail map can be found below. You can access a larger copy by clicking here. Visitors may also obtain a paper copy of our trail map from the Nature Center Facility


How can I help?


Passionate about the outdoors and education? We're always looking for volunteers, speakers and community input. To read more about volunteer opportunities please visit the get involved page. Are you a speaker, educator or individual with a specialized knowledge of nature, natural history or the region? Help us help your voice be heard. Tell us about yourself - we'd love to have a community resource to call on for presentations, monthly events and more.

Can I hold a private event?


Eaton Hill Nature Center can be booked for private events on a case-by-case basis. Interested in holding an event in our facility? Please visit the contact page to get started. Eaton Hill Nature Center reserves the right to book events based on its sole discretion.

Is EHNC a 501(c)3?


Yes, Eaton Hill Nature Center & Preserve is a registered 501(c)3 organization, and as such, your generous donations are tax deductible!



© 2017 Eaton Hill Nature Center & Preserve
© 2017 Eaton Hill Nature Center & Preserve



500 City Hill Road, Sonora TX
Phone: (325) 387-2615
Tues-Sat 12pm - 5pm
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