Visit the Montgomery County Preserve for birdwatching,
native plant observation, and hiking! Nature trails meander through the
preserve. Interpretive signs reveal the forest wonders, identifying native plants
and trees with interesting information about each.
The 71-acre preserve, open to the public daily at no charge, brings
many ecotourists to southern Montgomery County. Local Master Naturalists
and Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas (B.E.S.T.) host
national butterfly counts, monitor water quality, and provide
educational programs for area citizens. The preserve lies near the confluence of
Spring Creek and Panther Creek, but provides no direct access to the
Established in 2002, Bayou Land Conservancy
holds a conservation easement on the property,
which permanently protects the land from development. This was the first conservation
easement in the State of Texas signed with a county government. Bayou Land Conservancy is a nonprofit
organization directly involved in protecting land for its natural,
recreational, scenic, and historical value.
Get The Facts!
Montgomery County Preserve Fact Sheet with a list of plants, trees, birds, and other
animals found so far at the preserve.
Spring Creek Tree Guide!
Check out the trees along Spring Creek.
Photos from recent preserve events are presented in an online gallery.
Bring Your Recyclables!
The Preserve sits behind the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Recycling Center
on Pruitt Road, which accepts standard recycling products as well as household chemicals.
You can bring the following items for recycling (please rinse bottles and cans):
Aluminum and tin cans
Glass bottles- clear, blue or brown
Plastics #1 and 2
Paper (magazines, junk mail, office paper, newspaper)
Clothing and soft goods, usable condition
Click here for a PDF brochure listing everything accepted for recycling, including
information on the Montgomery County Household Chemical Waste Facility, which for a nominal
processing fee accepts:
Used motor oil
Latex, oil-based paint and turpentine
Garden products - herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers
Did you know you can BUY recycled/remixed paint in conservation colors at our facility?
$5 for 5 gallons!
Location and Information
For more information about the Preserve, upcoming events,
or recycling, please contact:
Becky Cottingham, (281) 367-SAVE  or
Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner's Office
281-367-3977 or 936-539-7817
Montgomery County Preserve
1130 Pruitt Road
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
1118 Pruitt Rd
The Woodlands, TX, 77380
From I-45, take the Rayford-Sawdust exit. Turn west onto Sawdust Rd and
continue until intersection with Budde Road. Turn south on Budde Road, which turns into Pruitt Road.
Follow Pruitt Road around the corner to the Montgomery County Preserve entrance sign at 1118 Pruitt Rd.
The recycling facility sits at 1122 Pruitt Rd.
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(PDF File, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)