Dry Creek Preserve

Dry Creek Preserve is a 152-acre former gravel quarry located just northwest of Lemon Cove. This special nature preserve, now fully restored, is the first example of an ecologically-based aggregate mine reclamation in Tulare County.  It is also home to the Sequoia Riverlands Trust native plant nursery and a demonstration garden that shows the public how to beautifully landscape with native plants to reduce water and electricity bills. 

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Latitude: 36.429216 Longitude: -119.0280247 Elevation: 560 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Dry Creek Preserve boasts one of the most stunning views of spring wildflowers in the region. It is also beautiful to watch the sycamores change through the four seasons. Go to the preserve to hike, observe nature and learn with your friends and family, or go to sit quietly and listen to the many bird species that call this preserve their home. The creek is usually flowing from October through May, so crossing it may not be possible until the warmer months. Visit the preserve often to enjoy a completely new experience each time. The preserve includes the following amenities: picnic area, trails, observation deck, bathrooms, and  water fountain.


The preserve is located outside of Lemon Cove. From Visalia, travel east on Highway 198. Take Highway 216 toward Woodlake. Follow west one-half mile and turn north on Dry Creek Road.  The preserve is located two miles up the road on your right.

Seasons Accessible

Open year-round as of May 2011.



ADA Accessibility Notes

The trail is made of decomposed granite and is wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms and water fountain are also wheelchair accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

At this time, pets are not allowed. 


Read more of the inspiring story of the history of Dry Creek Preserve at http://www.tularecountytreasures.org/dry-creek-preserve.html. This is a wonderful place to visit year-round (although it's hot in the summer) and to enjoy native plants, wildflowers, wildlife, lots of birds, and a beautiful and evolving environment.

Laurie Schwaller, 2/3/2015

I have been out to the dry creek preserve several times in the last year. nice to see all the nature there and all the work that has been done, a lot by volunteers. A lot of trees were planted last fall and winter, unhappy that alot of them are dead and dying from lack of water.

robert, 6/3/2016

A year ago, students from Prospect Education Center in Porterville, CA visited Dry Creek Preserve. We planted trees, worked in the nursery and hiked the property. This coming Friday, we're returning. Great experience!!! The students and I will write more when we return.

Steve, 1/24/2017

I went to Dry Creek on 1/27/17. We hiked and looked in the water for bugs and we potted Western Redbud trees.

Patrick, 1/31/2017

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