Contained wholly within the city limits of Temple, the creek rises near Avenue R and runs for 10 miles until it empties into the Leon River. Scientists from the Blackland Research Center have studied and worked to improve the creek with the use of a $180,000 grant from the EPA.
The creek features an old wagon trail, three waterfalls and five springs. Among the natural flora and fauna, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has identified shiners, darter, sunfish, catfish, mosquito fish and a few stonerollers at various points on the creek.
Tours of the preserve are available by appointment only. Contact the Office of Tourism
for more information.