“An excellent journey through the heart of a 2,900 acre preserve where bird and wildlife encounters are sure to happen.
— John Shuttlesworth
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife
The Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center is a 2,900 acre nature preserve that features hardwood bottomland, upland prairie, and a variety of aquatic habitats. It is located on the western banks of the Trinity River and managed by the City of Denton. The facilities offer users unlimited recreational and educational access to a huge nature preserve only moments outside of the sprawling DFW metroplex. This is an excellent place to spend an hour or the entire day with limitless photo opportunities of the local birdlife and other aquatic wildlife that call these wetlands their home.
See the City of Denton's website
for any restrictions.
Need to Know
A trail map can be located here
The trail connects the Wetlands Trail
, Fisherman's Trail
, and Prairie Trail
to make the entire loop. It takes you from hardwood bottomlands to upland prairies. The trails are fairly easy to navigate with trail signage posted throughout the preserve. The path contains some doubletrack/gravel roads, but the majority of the trails are dirt singletrack. This trail provides some great solitude and makes you feel alone just moments from the heart of Denton. An excellent network of trails that gives you a variety of options to create a customizable run for any occasion.
Flora & Fauna
A large variety of wildlife and birdlife are present in this pristine nature preserve. Click here
for a listing of local species.