The John F Burke Nature Preserve, located at 1111 Valley View Lane, is a 104 acre tract of land representing a partnership between The City of Farmers Branch, Valwood Improvement Authority and the North Texas Tollway Authority. A unique ecosystem of upland forests and wetlands along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in the heart of the urban Metroplex comprise the preserve. Natural surface trails provide access to experience this hidden jewel.
The Preserve is named for John F. Burke, a long-term, devoted City employee. As a City employee of 35 years, John was the visionary responsible for creating the Farmers Branch park system. Additionally, John served as Assistant City Manager and ultimately as City Manager leaving his mark of excellence on the City. As a lover of nature and all things outdoors, the Preserve is a fitting tribute to the service of John F. Burke.
Visitors may enjoy the plants and wildlife, but take only pictures and leave only footprints.