The South Platte River rich in history, formed in the South Park grassland basin passes through the Platte and Waterton Canyon emerging from the foothills southwest of Littleton and eventually flows into Chatfield Reservoir and on through the Denver metropolitan area. The South Platte River, the major watershed found in the Denver Metro region, combines pristine mountain areas, highly urbanized areas, and intense agricultural used lands.
The South Platte bears little resemblance to what it was in the pre-1880’s. The river channel has been modified by the addition of dams, hydraulic and diversion structures, and is channelized in many areas both to prevent flooding and to enhance recreational amenities. The Foundation’s commitment and vision not only includes providing a recreational resource through the construction of an interconnected trail system throughout this north/south spine, but continues to enhance the natural features and wildlife that coexist in such a complex urban environment.
Used by more than 700,000 users annually, the Mary Carter Greenway, South Platte River corridor, includes an eight-mile multi-use trail and whitewater boating facilities and functions as an integral part of the central spine of the greenway system. And, importantly, multiple trail heads and a wide array of local and regional connecting trails have been completed, are under construction or in planning stages, to increase and enhance each visitor’s experience.
Users of all ages can experience the unique qualities of the greenway system year round. And, throughout their travels, can easily access Hudson Gardens Botanical Park, South Platte Park Nature Preserve, and the Carson Nature Center, all located along the trail. What a great way to spend the day!