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Magpie Meander Natural Area#

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Trail Status

Open without issues.


Visit Magpie Meander and you'll discover a wooded area with a small stream and pond. Its 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 its 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!


Magpie Meander

Magpie Meander K Manderbach

Magpie Meander Pond

Magpie Meander 2 K Manderbach


Black-billed magpie fws


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 and Events#

  • Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in the Natural Areas Explorer booklet guide.
  • Last minute activity additions, trail recommendations and events offered between November-May are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up on this page.
  • Bird Checklist- Courtesy of Fort Collins Audubon Society
  • Free educational programs at Magpie Meander Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email .

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