Restoration Project Through July 2023: Visitors will see heavy equipment moving earth in the Mail Creek drainage as part of rehabilitation work. The goal is to improve the health of the watershed, and improve habitat and water quality. Trail closures are expected during construction, signage and detours will be posted. Learn more at https://www.fcgov.com/mail-creek
As its name suggests, two creeks run through this site: Fossil Creek and Mail Creek. They converge in Fossil Creek Community Park.
An interesting phenomenon greets visitors on the trail under the Fossil Creek Parkway bridge. During spring and early summer, great numbers of swallows build their mud nests where the concrete support meets the bottom of the bridge. It is fun to watch the activity as massive numbers of adult swallows fly back and forth capturing insects and taking them to their young. By late summer, the activity and most of the nests are gone.
For human safety, recreation is on-trail only, as some of the creek banks are extremely unstable.
Two Creeks clean up
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.
- Check out the Natural Areas Learning Library for some great self-guided activities.
- Know before you go safety and recreation information.
- Special people have volunteered to take an active role in the stewardship of natural areas by doing monthly litter pick-ups. You can join the fun and adopt a natural area, too!
- Fossil Creek Natural Areas Management Plan 2017, pdf