The Best Outdoor Spot in Denton You Don’t Know About

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Have you ever heard of Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)?  Neither had I until this summer. I recently had my first experience at this fantastic park when I hosted StoryTime there a couple of Saturdays ago, and I’m very excited to spread the word.  I call it a park, but it’s not like the other parks in Denton. There are no playgrounds with swings and slides, no pavilions, no grills, no ball fields.  There are trails that take you through Denton’s wetlands, bottomland hardwood forest, prairie, and grasslands, and Clear Creek offers a peek at a host of flora and fauna that provide great opportunities for experiential learning and family fun.

If you are a regular visitor to our local state park trails, you will definitely want to check out Clear Creek, and you can leave your cash at home because since it is city-owned, it is free to use all the time.  A few tips though — no biking on the trails, wear long pants and closed-toes shoes, bring bug spray and water, and avoid trails if there has been a lot of recent rainfall.  Strollers are definitely a bad idea at Clear Creek since these trails are not paved.  Also, if using your GPS to find CCNHC, please type in the exact address, 3310 Collins St., to avoid being led astray.  Please visit CCNHC and tell all your friends about its incredible, outdoor awesomeness!

Join us at Clear Creek this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. for another StoryTime for children ages 3-5 (weather permitting).  We will read stories, sing songs, and embark on a short, educational hike led by a very knowledgeable Texas Master Naturalist.

For directions to CCNHC and to find out more info about the center and its trails visit the City of Denton’s website.

Dana Tucker is the Youth Services Librarian at the North Branch Library and enjoys active, outdoor activities, even though you can’t tell by looking at her.


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