The Berry Springs Park & Preserve is certainly one of the best-kept secrets in the area (Maybe I should just keep quiet about this!) As we've done in previous years, Pat and I spent a beautiful afternoon today gathering pecans—over 10 pounds. Our backs are a little sore from picking these beauties off the ground, but it was well worth the effort!
Named for John Berry who settled the land in 1846 (he is buried in a small family cemetery in the park), many of his original farm buildings are still standing—along with a pond and new hiking trails—among the park's beautifully maintained 300 acres. And there are acres and acres of majestic, ancient pecan trees that have been preserved in long stately rows. The park service keeps the grounds under the trees mowed—perfect for collecting the fallen nuts.