This hidden gem often gets overlooked by it's neighbor, Watson Lake, but is also worth a visit! Watson Woods is a 125-acre riparian preserve perfect for a day of hiking, bird watching or just learning about the wildlife, flora and fauna of the area.
This wonderful place is the remaining portion of what was once a 1,000-acre streamside forest of cottonwood and willow trees. Sadly years ago most of the habitat had been destroyed due to decades of livestock grazing, mining, illegal dumping and gravel excavation. Yet in spite of the destruction this area saw, it has managed to heal itself over the last 40 years. And no most of the vegetation and wildlife have returned. Cottonwoods and willows drape themselves over the fresh waters of Granite Creek..a sesonal creek created completely from groundwater and runoff....and a wildlife pond provides a safe, lush habitat for a wide variety of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. So bring the binoculars, a nice pair of walking or hiking shoes, the dog and your sense of wonder as you won't want to leave a single rock unturned in this magical place.
Location: 1626 Sundog Ranch Road
Summer Hours: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Winter Hours: 7:00 AM to Sunset
Parking Fees: No Parking Fee