Ten Mile Creek
Erika Browning, February 17, 2020
Photo Credit: Mark Graham Photography
Cedar Ridge Preserve, Windmill Hill Nature Preserve, Boulder Park Trail: Duncanville is surrounded by nature parks and wilderness areas, but how many people know that we have our own natural area right here? Ten Mile Creek traverses our city for nearly five miles from west to east. Where it hasn’t been diverted, it is a natural limestone waterway, like the great rivers of the Texas Hill Country on a much smaller scale.
A friend of mine introduced me to the wonder of Ten Mile Creek very recently. To say that I was surprised at the presence of such a treasure flowing through Duncanville is an understatement. The peace and quiet of the landscape was a temporary relief from traffic and my To Do list. Residents who have grown up here tell of hours spent “creek stomping” and swimming in the “Blue Hole.” It seems there are several areas called the Blue Hole, each one holding a place in the memories of those who played there as children.
Over the years, homes and fences have restricted some of the access points, but there are still sections of the creek that are easily enjoyed from places like Harrington Park, and the undeveloped land northeast of Santa Fe and Danieldale roads that was gifted to the City of Duncanville over 20 years ago. This winding limestone waterway is a haven for birds and other wildlife, making it a perfect place for nature lovers to get away from the city.
Ten Mile Creek is a canvas of rugged beauty for landscape artists and photographers, and is home to native wildlife such as raccoons, opossums, coyotes, foxes and bobcats. Birding enthusiasts can spot grey herons, snowy egrets, a variety of hawks and owls, as well as numerous migratory and songbirds during certain months. A pair of Yellow Crested Night Herons were spotted near one of the branches feeding into Ten Mile Creek. At very limited times, the creek is also accessible to canoes and kayaks, having been rated as a class II-III section for the five miles between S. Main Street to Pleasant Run Road. With this natural wonderland right in our community, we have an undesignated nature park right in our own backyard.