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There are many places in the Cross Timbers area to enjoy the natural environment.  Here are a few:  (also see the Activities page for group outtings)

TRINITY RIVER GREEN BELT TRAIL

The City of Denton manages the greenbelt along the Trinity River between Lake Ray Roberts and Lewisville Lake.  It is a wonderful place to walk, bike and enjoy the North Texas countryside.

http://www.cityofdenton.com/pages/parksgreenbelt.cfm 

CLEAR CREEK NATURAL HERITAGE CENTER

The City of Denton is developing nature trails on a lovely piece of property on its eastern border. 

http://www.cityofdenton.com/pages/parksclearcreek.cfm 

CITY OF DENTON RAIL TRAIL

The City of Denton Parks & Recreation Department has completed improvements on the  Rail Trail that is part of the Trinity Trails System.  It is a good, improved gravel surface on the old railroad bed.  Because of road work on Loop 288, the trail it is best used from 288 south.

http://www.cityofdenton.com/pages/parksrailtrail.cfm 

THE HEARD SANCTUARY

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful facility in McKinney where folks can take classes, walk on the wild side and visit native plant gardens.

http://www.heardmuseum.org 

LLELA

On land preserved below the Lake Lewisville dam, the Lewisville Lake Environmenal Learning Area offers hiking, fishing, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking and picnicking.

http://www.ias.unt.edu/llela/main.htm