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Old 03-30-2008, 11:39 PM
 
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Default Which city has most wooded areas (patches of woods, stands of trees, deciduous trees)?

I am certain that I want Texas to be my next, and I hope, last home.I live in Denver right now. The terrain here bores me to death. I grew up in the midwest, and I miss wooded ravines, and othersuch interesting terrain. I am not interested in the coniferous type oftree, rather I love deciduous trees, especially patches of woods.Is this something like what I might find outside of Fort Worth? Outside of Dallas?North of the DFW metro? South? I want to mention that I am interestedin every city except Houston (too big, too much concrete based onmy impressions of it). San Antonio is the city I am considering alongwith Dallas or Fort Worth. I have the impression that San Antonio issurely not as wooded as Dallas, and that the trees in SA are probably not the big impressive types such as oak, or whatever. I just wantto situate myself where I will be happiest, and I would be happiestin a place where me and my dog could explore wooded ravines, dig for old beer cans and bottles, and enjoy playing around in a thicketof woods. Thank you for your answers.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Tomball, TX
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Being from Michigan I love the trees and greenery as well...Houston takes the bill for me
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:16 AM
 
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You would probably be happiest in Austin. I lived in Denver, Houston, Fort Worth, etc. True, Houston is actually very wooded and beautiful, but the parks are dangerous even in the day time. Same goes for Fort Worth and San Antonio. However, Austin is an outdoor paradise and very dog friendly. Lots and lots of woods, trails, water, dog parks, and people out with their dogs. My son, sister-in-law and nieces and nephews all live there and all run around the various parks. There is a river that runs through the city and it's called Town Lake at one section. All kinds of activity there. Austin seems pretty safe in the day time. Denver has great, safe parks, but I know what you mean about getting tired of fir and pines. Good luck!
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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How about South East Texas. Places such as Brazoria, Sweeny, West Columbia, East Columbia, Santa Fe, any towns in Brazoria County. You would be about an hour or so from Houston, maybe a touch more depending on which town. You have all types of trees not of the coniferous variety. Even moss draped Oaks which I do miss seeing, especially with a light morning fog around them. Lake Jackson would be another town with nice trees. You might like Austin, but it doesn't have the same types of trees you mention. It has Junipers (many call them cedars), scrub oaks, Oaks...but not moss draped, and lots of pines as well. North of Houston and areas around Tyler are also known for trees (but mostly of the coniferous type).
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:21 AM
 
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Great Trinity Forest (http://www.trinityrivercorridor.com/html/great_trinity_forest.html - broken link)

Unfair Park - What's So Great About the Great Trinity Forest? Well, Find Out.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
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Thanks for the great links, lakewooder.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Far North San Antonio
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I am certain that I want Texas to be my next, and I hope, last home.I live in Denver right now. The terrain here bores me to death. I grew up in the midwest, and I miss wooded ravines, and othersuch interesting terrain. I am not interested in the coniferous type oftree, rather I love deciduous trees, especially patches of woods.Is this something like what I might find outside of Fort Worth? Outside of Dallas?North of the DFW metro? South? I want to mention that I am interestedin every city except Houston (too big, too much concrete based onmy impressions of it). San Antonio is the city I am considering alongwith Dallas or Fort Worth. I have the impression that San Antonio issurely not as wooded as Dallas, and that the trees in SA are probably not the big impressive types such as oak, or whatever. I just wantto situate myself where I will be happiest, and I would be happiestin a place where me and my dog could explore wooded ravines, dig for old beer cans and bottles, and enjoy playing around in a thicketof woods. Thank you for your answers.
You should check this thread out on this forum.

Did you know: San Antonio Has Trees?

I'm only linking the first post because most of the thread turns into a back and forth arguing match like the fifth grade.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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I am certain that I want Texas to be my next, and I hope, last home.I live in Denver right now. The terrain here bores me to death. I grew up in the midwest, and I miss wooded ravines, and othersuch interesting terrain. I am not interested in the coniferous type oftree, rather I love deciduous trees, especially patches of woods.Is this something like what I might find outside of Fort Worth? Outside of Dallas?North of the DFW metro? South? I want to mention that I am interestedin every city except Houston (too big, too much concrete based onmy impressions of it). .
Well that's too bad about Houston because I think it generally has the tallest trees and most variety of trees of the places you mention. Dallas is much more of a prairie setting in general and not nearly as wooded except for a few areas inside town. And it probably has just as much concrete as Houston.... if you look at aerial shots, Houston is way more green. If I were you, I'd look at north San Antonio, some areas of Austin (not east), and some areas of Houston like Memorial or The Woodlands (which sound like a great fit for what you want)
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:36 PM
 
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wow, I totally have no idea what to do now. I will keep reading posts, contemplating,and looking at aerial shots until I get even more confused. I thank you for your inputs.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:23 AM
 
Location: North of DFW
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East Texas is known as the Piney Woods region of Texas.....

National Forests of Texas

The Big Thicket National Forest is located in SE Texas ....too.
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