Turnbo Ranch is nestled into the ranchlands of the Lampasas River and Stillhouse Hollow Lake highlands. The community has been thoughtfully well-planned in order to provide comfortable, affordable housing opportunities. An large portion of the development is reserved as open space, amenitity areas, and park-lands. This means all the residents of Turnbo Ranch are adjacent to, or within walking distance of, quality parks, trails, and the natural beauty of the Texas hill country.
Some of the amenities provided in the latest conceptual Master Plan include:
A large open space park located in the center of the development along the central creek and watershed valley. This park provides fantastic views and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
- Amenity Center. The Welcome Center provides meeting and gathering spaces, a History Center for learning about the Turbo and Stillhouse area history, and a Sales Center. A large activity lawn provides overflow for gatherings, and is a great place for small outdoor activities. An overlook pavilion looks out over the valley, and the Amentity Center acts as a central trailhead to many of the neighborhood hike/bike and nature trails. The Community Greenhouse & Education Center provides opportunities for residents to grow year-round produce and flowers, and helps cultivate a love for gardening for the youth of Turnbo Ranch.
- Wildflower Nature Trail. An interpretive walking trail that meanders through the grasses and wildflowers of the creek-side prarie, and provides a self-guided tour of some of the area’s native plants and natural treasures.
- Multi-purpose Sports Field. A combination football/soccer field for neighborhood teams. Includes plenty of parking, restrooms, and a play park.
You know you’ve arrived with the grand stone entry tower with sweeping stone and ranch fencing that stretches accross the Chaparrel frontage. With a scale fitting for a development as large as Turnbo Ranch, it will be easy to give directions for family and friends.
The first park in the community provides open space and interpretive information on Yalgo the Turnbo racehorse. A sculpture of Yalgo commemorates the legend of Yalgo and the spirit of the Stillhouse ranchlands.
Neighborhood Parks and Picnic Areas
Four neighboorhood parks provide easy access to playgrounds, picnic areas, and manicured open space for the fun and relaxation of all of the residents and guests. Pavilions are provided for gatherings and events, and each park is located along a central hike and bike trail. Each park would have common elements such has parking, restrooms, and lighting for night-time events, but each park would also have a unique purpose and character. Some parks would be geared for active play, with soccer practice fields and sand volleyball. Others would be passive parks with picnic pavilions, trailheads, and even a potential fishing pond and pier. All neighborhood parks are designed to be close, accessible, visible (security), and enjoyable to all.
Several smaller parks are placed within the community so that no resident has far to walk to enjoy the open space, playgrounds, trailheads, and other features.
Neighborhood Trial System
Turnbo Ranch has been designed with connectivity in mind. All residents can drive to any main amenity, but an extensive trail system has been created for the fun, health, and enjoyment of each neighborhood area.
- Hike and Bike Trails. From the entry to the farthest neighborhood, the central hike and bike trail connects all of the residential areas to all of the major parks, trails, and amenity features. These trails are wide, paved walkways that are perfect for walking, jogging, and cycling. They are highly visible for security, and neighborhood maps provide way-finding should you lose your way – or want to find a new adventure.
- Nature Trails. Paved walking trails connecting parks and neighborhoods. Usually located along creek greenbelts and through canyon spaces.
- Interpretive Trails. Narrow trails that meander through natural areas, and provide signage and information on native plants, animals, and natural features. These self-guided trails provide education, and are shorter in length for those who are looking for a shorter loop. Trails are as accessable as possible, and located adjacent to parking areas and restrooms.
- Hiking Trails. Unpaved trails that take residents to hidden natural areas. They are not paved, and are intended for those looking for outdoor adventure and exercise.
Technology and Utilities
Although Turno Ranch is located away from the bustle of Killeen and Harker Heights, it offers the best in high-speed internet, cable, City water supply, and City sewer and trash pick-up.
Landscaped Entry Drives
From the main entry, to each of the neighborhoods, the roadways are fully landscaped and comprise of open space grassland, manicured grass and plantings, and gentle sloping berms that help provide aesthetic interest and sound/visual screening for the neighborhoods. Seasonal plants and trees provide year-round color and interest. Large boulevards and wide open spaces ensure the drive home is quick, easy, and welcoming.
Centrally located within the development are two adjacent dog parks: one larger park for larger dogs to run and exercise, and a smaller park for smaller dogs – so they can enjoy the company of other like-sized dogs. Dog parks are great places to roam, play, and meet friends. The dog park has parking, restrooms, and kiosk for training and event information and coordination.
For those with a green thumb, and a willingness to share with others, the Community Garden Park provides areas for residents to create a working garden. The Community Garden is resident-run and resident-maintained. Education for beginners helps those new to gardening learn the basics of planting, preparation, and good garden practices. The Community Garden is great place to meet friends, and share in environmental education. It has access to parking, restrooms, and other features special to garden parks such as composting areas, equipment storage, and potential for a monthly ‘farmers market’.