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Magpie Meander Natural Area


Visit Magpie Meander and you’ll discover a wooded area with a small stream and pond. It's location adjacent to Soft Gold Park makes Magpie Meander ideal for a family picnic and easy nature exploration. There is an accessible fishing pier too. A natural surface trail connects to McMurry Natural Area and the Poudre Trail.

When you visit Magpie Meander look for it's namesake the magpie, as well as great blue herons, red-tailed hawks and downy woodpeckers. You might also see rabbits, squirrels, foxes, and mule deer, as well as painted turtles and plains garter snakes. What a lively place!


0.16 miles natural surface with connection to McMurry Natural Area. Trail map >>>


5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.


Park at Soft Gold Park (520 Hickory Street), or there is trail access from McMurry Natural Area and the Poudre Trail.

Activities & Events

  • Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in the Tracks & Trails booklet guide, available in May.

  • Last minute activity additions, trail recommendations and events offered between November-May are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

  • Free educational programs at Magpie Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email .

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