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“A Great Place to Hike and Prepare for Backpacking”

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
Ranked #25 of 155 things to do in Fort Worth
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Fort Worth, Texas
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105 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A Great Place to Hike and Prepare for Backpacking”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

We have been going to the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge for many, many, many years...ever since our daughters were very little (they are full grown and we have 4 grandchildren). There are many wonderful trails and different things to see throughout the year. My two favorite seasons are Fall and Spring. In the Fall, I love walking the trails and "crunching" in the many thousands of fallen leaves in the forest trails. You can smell the smell of fall and feel the coolness of Fall along with the fall breeze. In the Spring, the flowers are in bloom, and the smells are delightful. There is one bush that has a wonderfully sweet smell that permeates the air and makes the hikes so worth the while.

We have seen foxes, prarie dogs, owls, snakes, alligator tracks in the swamp area, deer, rabbits, buffalo, and many more wild animals. They are such a delight to watch in this natural environment.

We have walked many, many miles; climbed many, many hills; done geocaching; and just enjoyed the beauty of nature. The only issues that we have with the park are the "NO" signs. No parking; no fishing; etc. There are not a lot of places to park for certain trails. Another thing is the short hours that the park is open. In the Winter, I believe it opens from 8 to 5. I think it is open a little later in the summer months. There is now a pretty good sized fee - $5.00 per adult; $2.00 per child from 3-12; and free for children under 3. There is only a $1.00 discount for those with a Military ID. The prices are sort of "stiff" for young families that do not have a lot of money.

Overall though, the place is great!!! We have had many years and many hours of enjoyment and great memories. We are so grateful to have this place in Fort Worth. Please come visit and enjoy the park if you live in the area or if you are a visitor.

Visited August 2012
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Granbury, Texas
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148 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful place to spend a day.”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great trails, good hiking and biking. Lots of wildlife. Nice nature center with very good programs. They also have some guided kayaking tours. I haven't been on those but I would imagine they would be lots of fun.

Visited April 2013
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“Great outdoor experience”
Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

This is a great park for hiking with over twenty miles of trails. Some through woods and briars, some along the water, and some through a small canyon. There is also a trail out to an island and a boardwalk through the marsh. I saw deer and bison there, and was only mildly disappointed not to see the armadillo and alligators. There are lots of birds and water fowl, so bring your binoculars. The interpretive center has some nice exhibits, and there are several places to picnic.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Great for nature lovers”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Located on the far north outskirts of city bordering Lake Worth. Hiking trails and paths. Wildlife viewing. great for bird/ buttefly watchers. They do offer guided tours. Also they have buffalo wandering around

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Frankfurt, Germany
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“Get out in Nature, bring binoculars!”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Bring snacks and binoculars when you visit the Nature Center. I did not see an area where you can grill or picnic, but maybe there is one-- in any case, since you can spend a lot of time here I recommend bringing along something to keep your strength up. There are miles of trails, an interpretive center, boardwalk, and areas where you can observe waterfowl and birds in the air. There is a buffalo herd out there but we didn't see any the day we went. We really enjoyed the prairie dogs -- they are so cute -- so don't miss the Prairie Dog Town. We had a couple of energetic 10 year olds along and they really enjoyed running on the trails, staring with binoculars, and taking pictures. Check the website for gate opening/closing hours and programs going on
www.fwnaturecenter.org There is an entry fee to the park.

Visited March 2013
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