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“Great place to escape!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135
817.392.7410
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Ranked #21 of 187 things to do in Fort Worth
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Hiking, Running
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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.
Dallas, Texas
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56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great place to escape!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012 via mobile

If it is taking a hike at lunch or a canoe on the weekend the nature center is a great place to just sit back and relax!!!! My only complaint would be the surly attendant at the gate !!!

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Irving, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Walking in the woods!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed this place. In my interest Fall is the most beautiful time Late Oct to Thanks giving week end of the year.....The colors of the refuge is amazing.

Extremely well maintained and serene set up on the borders of Fort worth and Lake worth. Trinity river nourishes the vegetations and wild life within the reserve.

Walk, kayak, wild life watching (at its best), Photo graphy, hike, bike are some of the activities to do. I watched loads of spotted deers, grey deers and bucks walking in freedom within. Finally the herds of bisons ...... totally break taking.

I strongly recommend locals near DFW, Dallas, Fort worth area to certainly enjoy this place. A $ 5 admission for adult all day.

Visited November 2012
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“There is solitude among the hussle & bussle of the city.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Such a peaceful, quiet & calming place. We were surprise to see so much wildlife this close to the city. We saw deer, 1 buck, 6 does, squirrels, many different types of birds & a Copperhead (poisonous snake). I didn't care to see the snake. Be very careful hiking, my husband almost stepped on it b/c it was on the trail & the leaves covered it some. The trails are well taken care of & marked. The visitor center is really nice also. There are several different type of trails you can go on, there are rocky trails, grassy trails & sandy trails. Wonderful place to breath some fresh air & see nature that is so close to the city.

Visited October 2012
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“A quiet spot in a big city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I have been to the FWNC a few times, though they do charge a fee to get in, it's a beautiful place to visit. The grounds are large and you can drive to several locations to hike, canoe, bird watch and nature watch. There are several places to picnic too. My husband proposed to me here on the Marsh Walk which is probably my favorite place in the park. It's a long boardwalk that goes out over the lake and you usually see turtle and ducks and all kinds of neat birds out there. Everything in the park is kept wild, so it can get a little remote I am not sure I'd suggest coming here alone but it's a great place to take your family or for a romantic afternoon. We are going to try their canoe tour before the weather gets too cold!

Visited April 2012
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Crowley, Texas
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“Best nature center in Fort Worth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Great musiem and outdoor trails. Canoeing and a buffalo herd. Great helpful volunteers with the knowledge to teach. Bring the kids.

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