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Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

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Address: 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135
Phone Number: 817.392.7410
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, Running
Description: Peaceful nature reserve located just ten miles away from downtown Fort...
Peaceful nature reserve located just ten miles away from downtown Fort Worth; amenities and attractions include 20 miles of hiking trails, a resident bison herd and prairie dog colony, a marsh boardwalk and the Hardwicke Interpretive Center. Professional naturalists offer a wide variety of programs, classes and guided hikes each week.
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Great nature center

Great place to visit. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. My first prairie dog encounter. For a very modest fee, a carload and drive through or stop and enjoy the various different... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Great place to visit. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. My first prairie dog encounter. For a very modest fee, a carload and drive through or stop and enjoy the various different spots where you can enjoy nature.

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to write a review. We hope that you can visit again soon. More 

Keller, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I brought my family here for a fun day out. We had a great time. The nature center was small but had animals on display, a souvenir shop and very nice staff. The hiking trails were awesome, unforunately we could only walk on the ones that were stroller friendly. We will definetely come here again! Beautiful place for hiking or... More 

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

Thanks for writing such a kind review! I hope you enjoy your next visit out here soon - we have lots of trails to explore! More 

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We arrived in the morning and saw both bison and prairie dogs on our way into the reserve. There are over 20 miles of hiking trails; we did a few different with relative ease, enjoying open spaces. Facility clean & staff helpful!

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, Jill. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Rainbow
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice walking and biking trails. Lots of wildlife, wildflowers and native plants. Very family friendly.

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us, Mrs. W. I'm glad you enjoyed your time here and hope to see you again soon. More 

Aubrey, Texas, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Fort Worth Nature Center was begun by the CCC's apparently and has continued in good hands since. This is a great place to bring the kids and explore nature. We were just there, and the ducks were everywhere! I commend Fort Worth for being the great steward that they are.

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review, Chuck. I'm glad that you enjoyed your day here. More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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110 reviews 110 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

As a native of Fort Worth, I've been coming here at least once a year for a long time. Located on the north end of Lake Worth, you can nature watch, fish, hike, bike and go kayaking. I usually go to fish and hike, but every trip starts with a visit to the Interpretive Center. There you will see various... More 

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience, William! I'm glad that you've enjoyed your visits to the Nature Center - we're looking forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Watch the Star Telegram or the Nature Center's facebook or website for the indigenous snakes and critter presentations that the herpetology people do. As newcomers to the state, we found this to be very helpful. We needed to know what we were sharing our new digs with and they had everything from snakes to spiders and scorpions. We couldn't recommend... More 

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

Thanks, Jewel! We hope to see you here again soon. More 

Fort Worth, TX
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I kayak at the FtW Nature Center frequently. It is a great opportunity to see Flora and Fauna in TX as well as wildlife. Access to the water is adequate and parking is sufficient. I am sure it can get crowded on nice spring days but I have not experienced. There are a number of hiking trails that are easy... More 

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Jenna. Wishing you many more relaxing days on the river! More 

North Richland Hills, Texas
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152 reviews 152 reviews
38 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Drive around first, then park and hike. Watch out for the poison Ivy. The little information center has live examples of what you might see as you take your adventure.

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Ron! We're looking forward to your next visit. More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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186 reviews 186 reviews
28 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We love coming out here to paddle up and down the river in our kayaks and just enjoying the beauty of nature here that's just a short drive from Downtown Fort Worth. There are several hiking trails and good bike riding.

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Suzanne T, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this review

It's great to know that you enjoy your time spent here so much. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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