Explore more than 2,900 acres of diverse forest, prairie, and aquatic habitats


The Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, located within Lake Lewisville’s upper floodplain, provides residents and visitors with unmatched ecological, educational, and recreational opportunities. The Clear Creek Natural Heritage Area includes the confluence of Clear Creek and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and was originally established to protect and restore rare bottomland and upland prairie ecosystems. The City of Denton leases the land from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Area.

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center features more than 5 miles of family-friendly hiking trails through diverse habitats, and the outer loop of the trails system totals 3.2 miles (perfect for 5K trail runners). Even leashed dogs are permitted on the trails. Before heading out, be sure to check the Clear Creek social media for updates on trail conditions.

Looking for a fun family activity? Clear Creek has created a custom bingo card and bird checklist that can turn your hike into a scavenger hunt! You can also download and print this Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center coloring book for a fun and engaging way to discuss any wildlife you encounter on the trails. Clear Creek also offers free hands-on workshops by knowledgeable staff and community experts. Topics have included organic gardening, rainwater harvesting, composting, and vermiculture. All workshops are free to attend; however, due to limited space, registration is sometimes required. Workshops are usually hosted once a month on Saturday mornings.



3310 Collins Road, Denton, TX 76208
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Phone Number
(940) 349-7275


Open daily from 6 am - 10 pm
Admission is free