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Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

3310 Collins Road
Denton, TX 76208


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 will:

  • Promote environmental citizenship
  • Provide a place for people to interact and connect with nature
  • Be a model of integrated learning for environmental, outdoor and experiential learning
  • Provide a leading example of conservation and ecosystem restorationprojects
  • Be an educational, recreational and cultural resource for all people

Clear Creek Wildflowers

The CCNHC serves as a gateway to 
the approximately 2900 acres comprised of rare bottomland habitat, surprisingly diverse flora and fauna, all surrounding the confluence of Clear Creek and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. 

Just a few miles from Denton's historic town square, the Clear Creek Trails offer open space covered with a lush ash, willow and cottonwood forests, a wetlands area pond, hiking trails, 200 species of birds, the original path of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

Nestled in the lowlands, the Clear Creek preserve is a wonderful riparian area along the Clear Creek and Elm Fork of the Trinity river. The City of Denton has worked using eco-friendly practices to restore the land to its natural state, as well as constructing about 10 miles of interpretive trails detailing the preserves colorful history and fragile ecology. The preserve is adjacent the 11 mile Greenbelt trail that follows the river from Lake Ray Roberts to Lake Lewisville.