Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve Due to Covid 19, Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve did not lead any hikes or interpretive events in 2020. The Preserve remains open to the public so that people have an opportunity to get outside in smaller groups with family and friends. During this time our Board of Directors has done trail maintenance and performed a two-mile highway cleanup along Clear Creek Road in the area of the Preserve. We have developed plans to repair and improve our trail system. We will be restoring a footbridge lost in the 2018 Creek Fire and replacing an old culvert this fall and winter. We hope to resume our Free interpretive events and hikes this spring if safe to do so.

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 Don Neptune   - Treasurer Lisa Ross - Secretary Charley Ferrell  - Director Ray Pfister - Director Michelle Maupin-Cornelius - Director Chris Pearson - Director Join the Board Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve has openings on our board of directors. If you or someone you know may be interested, learn more by contacting us. Please see our Home Page for contact information. You may also attend a board meeting at the Redding Library at 3:00 pm on the following dates in 2020: January 27 February 24 March 16 April 20 May 18 June 15 July – No Meeting August 17 September 21 October 19 November 16 December – No Meeting

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 Fall, 2020 click here (pdf file).

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