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The Spring Creek Trail travels more than 7 miles across Fort Collins, providing an important off-road route between the east and west halves of the city. The trail is paved and relatively flat, though some sections can be tricky to follow as there are many spur trails that can be mistaken for the main trail. Though it crosses some surface streets, it tunnels under most.
The western end of the trail begins in Spring Canyon Community Park, a lovely natural oasis crisscrossed with walking paths that you can venture on to explore the park's grass valleys, wildflowers and cottonwood trees. From there, the trail meanders northeast along the wooded waterway to reach Rolland Moore Community Park, where you'll find numerous athletic fields, volleyball and tennis courts and horseshoe pits.
The pathway continues east, just a few blocks south of Colorado State University, the city's flagship school. You'll pass through Spring Park and Edora Community Park, a popular recreational spot with a playground, ballfields, tennis courts and skate park. Both are dog friendly and include restrooms.
The trail ends in the scenic Cattail Chorus Natural Area. Keep your eyes open for the many songbirds and waterfowl that call the area home, as well as butterflies and dragonflies that can be found around the park's ponds.
To continue your journey from the trail's eastern end, you can hop on the 12-mile Poudre Trail, a diagonal north-south route through Fort Collins. On its western end, you can also connect to the Fossil Creek Trail, a 5-mile paved pathway that provides access to the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area. Or, head south on the Power Trail in Edora Community Park or the Mason Trail near Colorado State University.
Parking is available at numerous places along the trail, including: Spring Canyon Community Park (2626 W. Horsetooth Road), Rolland Moore Community Park (2201 S. Shields Street) and Edora Community Park (1420 E. Stuart Street).
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