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Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

Easy/Intermediate
 3.9 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An excellent journey through the heart of a 2,900 acre preserve where bird and wildlife encounters are sure to happen.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Loop

586' 179 m

High

531' 162 m

Low

157' 48 m

Up

152' 46 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

See the City of Denton's website for any restrictions.

Overview

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.

Need to Know

A trail map can be located here.

Description

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 hike 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.

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John Shuttlesworth

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  3.9 from 8 votes

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Photos

The trail travels along a levee in the lower wetlands area.
Mar 20, 2017 near Cross R…, TX
Coming around the backside of Wetland Trail
Sep 27, 2020 near Krugerv…, TX
The dark line on the adjacent trees illustrates the fluctuating seasonal water height along the trail.
Mar 20, 2017 near Cross R…, TX
The trail transitions between double and singletrack throughout the property.
Mar 20, 2017 near Krugerv…, TX
Tina's Bench provides a great resting point with a wonderful view of Clear Creek.
Mar 20, 2017 near Krugerv…, TX
The Wetlands Trail travels over many seasonal creeks and low-lying areas.
Mar 20, 2017 near Cross R…, TX

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Aug 2, 2020
C K
3.2mi — 1h 06m
May 10, 2020
John Long
Most of the trails were closed at various points which prevented the trail loops from being completed (Wetlands, Fisherman's, and High trails). 3.3mi — 2h 00m