Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve


Our Board made the difficult decision not to schedule hikes and interpretive events this fall, and to

close the Preserve until further notice due to safety issues. In June the Creek Fire went through much

of the Preserve and most of our trails incurred damage from heavy equipment in efforts to stop the

fire. We appreciate the fire fighters who kept the fire from damaging the riparian area and our

amphitheater and minimized loss of homes in the area.

We will be doing trail work on Saturday, September 29 starting at 9 a.m. as part of National Public

Lands Day with BLM. We would greatly appreciate any help you could give on that day. Also, one of

our members will match up to $1,000 in contributions. You can donate from this website, through Pay

Pal, and include in the special instructions section “Match Me”. Or mail a check with the words “Match

Me” added to the comment line to PO Box 991833, Redding, CA 96099-1833. Your donations of time

and money will help us reopen the Preserve and resume hikes and events in 2019.

What is Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve?

Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve (HCCP) is a 27 acre recreation area which strives to retain, preserve, restore, and if possible, augment the publicly-owned lands surrounding Clear Creek in the vicinity of Saeltzer Dam (now removed) and the site of old Horsetown and to manage them as a natural preserve for the public. It is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization.

Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve Receives BLM Award

We are so excited to have received the national "Making a Difference" award from the Bureau of Land Management this spring. Our local BLM office showed their appreciation for our contributions in the Lower Clear Creek Greenway by nominating us. The BLM national office in Washington D.C. honored us as one of seven recipients of this award nationwide! We hope you find it gratifying to support Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve! To see the National Presentation video, click on the YouTube icon: 

Getting to HCCP

Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve is located in Shasta County, California, just west of the City of Redding. The Preserve is in the middle of BLM’s Clear Creek Greenway on Clear Creek Road, seven miles west of highway 273 and just west of the Clear Creek Bridge. For a Google map to the Preserve click here. GPS coordinates: Elevation: 622 feet Latitude: 40°29.656’ N Longitude: 122°29.890’ W


to promote nature-related education by serving as an outdoor classroom and open-air learning center where children can explore the natural sciences and learn the value of stewardship and resource responsibility; to provide walking trails and opportunities for quiet, low-impact, nature-related recreation including hiking, wildlife observation, photography, fishing, bicycling, picnicking, horseback riding, nature study, jogging, etc.; to help restore and protect the anadromous fishery in Clear Creek; to preserve, study, and interpret local history; to protect and restore habitat, including soils, native vegetation and fauna; to provide access to nature for handicapped and disabled; The above goals are mutually compatible and supportive and are gentle, even restorative, to the land. They represent multiple use, serve a large cross section of the public, and offer an opportunity for intimate involvement of the citizens, and effective government/private partnerships. The Preserve has involved, and shall continue to involve, countless organizations, agencies, educators, experts, volunteers, and interested people in pursuing the above goals with maximum dedication and at minimum cost.

Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve Board of Directors

Cathy Scott – President Frank Kosko – Vice-President Don Neptune – Treasurer Lisa Ross – Secretary Charley Ferrell -- Director Ray Pfister -- Director Michelle Maupin-Cornelius -- Director

Downloadable Trail Maps - in pdf format

Map of the HCCP Preserve: Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve  217 kB BLM Maps: Clear Creek Cloverdale Section  294 kB Clear Creek Greenway  1062 kB Visit Redding Map: Visit Redding Trails Map  1450 kB For more information on Clear Creek and other local recreational trail areas, see our Links web page.

News concerning the Clover fire in September, 2013

Please see our News and Notes web page for information on the fire’s impact on HCCP. Please see our Donate and Volunteer and Coming Events web pages to join the cleanup effort.

Donate to the Preserve or Volunteer to Help

Please go to our Donate/Volunteer web page to find out how you can help support HCCP through donations and volunteer work.


If you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive our newsletter along with our event calendar by email (and help save a tree), please send us a note with your email address. To download the latest newsletter for Spring, 2017 click here (pdf file, 145 kB).

Contact Information (new address):


Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve For website related issues, corrections, PO Box 991833 suggestions, broken links, etc. you can Redding, CA 96069-1833 contact the webmaster at: 530 241-2026