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.
The proximity of Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center to two large lakes (Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Lewisville) and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River promotes an abundance of natural diversity. The Ray Roberts Lake Greenbelt Corridor, located on the east bank of the Elm Fork, is designated a Riparian Conservation area.
Hike the Trails at Clear Creek
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.
Trained Master Naturalists are available to guide your group on a hike through beautiful, hidden natural areas. Specific areas of interest include native wildflowers and grasses, trees, wetlands, birds, mammals, geology, and a basic understanding of the Cross Timbers eco-region. Topic availability may vary due to the schedules of our volunteers. There is no charge or fee for a guided hike; but, please schedule for a minimum of five people per group. Please bring your own water, sun screen, and insect repellent, as required, and wear close-toed shoes. To arrange your hike, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend a Workshop at Clear Creek
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. For upcoming workshops, please check our events calendar.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Is the education center open to the public?
The Center is open only during workshops and events. The hiking trails are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., unless trails are closed due to poor trail conditions.
How do I get to CCNHC?
RECOMMENDED ROUTE: Take 380/University East of Denton to Cooper Creek; Turn N on Cooper Creek (at light); Go over the railroad tracks to the stop sign; Continue straight on Cooper Creek; After the road makes a sharp right curve, go left to stay on Cooper Creek; Stay on Cooper Creek for about 1.7 miles; At the stop sign, make a right onto Hartlee Field Road and continue for .8 mile to Collins St; Make a right onto Collins and continue for .5 mile; Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center entrance will be on your left.
Can I bring my horse/ATV/vehicle on the trails?
Trails are open to hikers only. We are in the process of designating trails for bicyclists. If you bring your bicycle, please be mindful of trail conditions and hikers.
Are there restrooms and is water available?
There are restrooms and potable water available in the Center when it is open. A portable toilet is available next to the parking area on Collins Road. No potable water is available when the Center is closed, so please bring your own.
Is camping allowed at CCNHC?