CLEAR CREEK NATURAL HERITAGE CENTER

The mission of CCNHC is to inspire environmental citizenship through an understanding of the natural heritage of north central Texas by providing nature experiences, education and research programs, and conservation and restoration projects.  

The Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center is a gateway to more than 2,900 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, upland prairie, and diverse aquatic habitats. Located within Lake Lewisville’s upper floodplain and managed by the City of Denton, it provides residents and visitors with unmatched ecological, educational, and recreational opportunities.

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 leases the land from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is responsible for operation and maintenance of Clear Creek Natural Heritage Area.

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center features more than 10 miles of family-friendly hiking trails through diverse habitats. Fisherman’s Trail winds along Clear Creek to the Elm Fork confluence. Wetlands Trail allows visitors to view constructed wetlands with inhabitants such as waterfowl, herons, and beavers. Old Wetlands Road and High Trail wind through thick, majestic bottomland forest. The outer loop of the trails system totals 3.2 miles – perfect for 5K trail runners.


Free hands-on workshops are offered by knowledgeable staff and community experts at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center. 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 a Saturday morning. 

Please check the Clear Creek social media for updates on trail conditions​.