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Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135
817.392.7410
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Ranked #18 of 72 Attractions in Fort Worth
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Running
Owner description: Peaceful nature reserve located just ten miles away from downtown Fort Worth; amenities and...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Running
Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Fort Worth, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Not far from downtown is this nature center. Very peaceful and tranquil just miles away from downtown. A great chance to connect with nature, and feel what life on the prairie was like in Fort Worth. Lots of hiking trails.

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

Thanks for your kind review. We looking forward to seeing you here again soon. More 

Aubrey, Texas, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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168 reviews 168 reviews
27 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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 

Vestal, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I went with my 7 year-old daughter in mid-August and we were both impressed with the expansive trails and wildlife. We had fun and that is what counts. Of course it was hot, but nonetheless there was much to see. I would defiantly recommend this spot over a zoo as the beauty is in being able to do one's own... More 

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

Thank you for your review, Michael! I'm happy that you enjoyed your time at the Nature Center. Please visit us again, especially once we get into fall and winter when it cools down. More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My first experience at the Fort Worth Nature Center will not be my last! I was amazed at the number of hiking trails and wildlife that you can see and enjoy. This is a great place for kids because the hiking is not difficult by any means and lots of clear trails are accessible by all. The Marsh Boardwalk is... More 

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

Thanks, Nicholas! I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit. A rebuild of the Boardwalk is currently in the engineering and design phase and is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer 2015. We will keep folks posted on our progress. More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I liked the expansive land there was to explore, I had a 2year old and this was hard on me. I either had to have here walk or carry her. I would recommend this for your outdoor activity if you have children older. I gave my oldest grandsons a nature seekers list i obtained online before we got to the... More 

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

Thank you for your review, Susan. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again soon. More 

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