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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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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, but more details please

I mirror all the good things said about this place, but for people who are trying learn from these reviews, they are all too general. Not many details about things they see, like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I mirror all the good things said about this place, but for people who are trying learn from these reviews, they are all too general. Not many details about things they see, like which bird species or particular animals or plants or a time of day or season of year to see something particular. I would encourage the reviewers to... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We also welcome detailed feedback on both what we're doing well and how we can improve our visitors' experiences. I appreciate your interest and hope that we'll see you again the next time you're in Fort Worth. More 

Arlington, Texas
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is one of the neatest places in Fort Worth. You can watch the buffalo roam and go out on the marsh to view the birds and other wildlife. A great place to take kids!

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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! We agree that it's important to give children wild places to explore. We're looking forward to seeing you and your family again soon. More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

If you need a break from concrete, traffic, and the noise of the city, get yourself to the FW Nature Center just northwest of downtown. Great hiking trails, bison, oaks trees, caprock and limestone cliffs, wildflowers, Prairie a Dog Town - you can even canoe the West Fork of the Trinity River. Pack a lunch, bring a water bottle or... More 

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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! I'm glad that you enjoy the time you spend at the Nature Center and we're looking forward to your next visit. More 

Fort Worth
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I like this center in the spring when all the butterflies and wildflowers are out. Great for a hike with young kids.

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

Thanks for your review, Suzie! Once we got past the daily rainfall this has been an exceptional year for flowers, butterflies and all kinds of wildlife. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A hidden retreat from the business of the city. We highly recommend the Saturday morning (10am-noon) nature hikes, led by extremely knowledgable staff. Being able to see the bison herd up close was an added bonus. Be sure to have plenty of water, insect repellant and map from nature center (some trail markings can be confusing).

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

Thank you for coming out and for taking the time to write a review. I appreciate your feedback on the trail marking and will pass your message on to our Natural Resource Manager for review. More 

Texas
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87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

There is a wonderful interpretive center that can offer amazing information and details about everything from the landscape to the animals who inhabit it. Definitely worth the effort!

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

Thanks for coming out, Jess! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I'm a hobby photographer & I love to visit this location for its beauty. There is an amazing amount to see and do. I could wander endlessly. I love to find a quiet spot and just listen sometimes. Watch out for the gators! 😊 No, seriously.

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

Thanks for your review. We strive for a wilderness experience, even though the park is located completely inside the fort Worth city limits. I'm glad you enjoy your visits. More 

Saginaw, Texas
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

There are many great trails for hiking. We enjoyed watching the buffalo and the prairie dogs. There is a cool boardwalk that allows hikers to explore the wetland area. The nature center is nice and the staff is friendly.

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

Thanks for coming out! We're glad you had a good visit - please come back soon. More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is an excellent place to hike, and if you wonder why most of trails are fenced, its because there are alligators here. So when not on a fenced trail keep an eye out.

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

I appreciate you taking the time to write a review. I'm not sure where you hiked during your visit because the only place where fencing occurs along the trail is next to the Bison Range. Our alligators typically stay in more remote areas in and along the river, away from human activity. I hope that you enjoyed your visit here... More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Pretty much the nicest place to hike in DFW. Not great by any means but what is available in the metro area is near nothing.

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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, Steve. We appreciate having you as a visitor and hope to see you out here again in the near future. More 

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Additional Information about Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

Address: 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135
Phone Number: 817.392.7410
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Fort Worth
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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