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Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

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9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135-9148
+1 817-392-7410
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First Visit

LOTS of trails. This place is huge. We only walked some of Greer Island. It was really pretty. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christina W
via mobile
Nice day for Mother & Son in the outdoors

My 7 year old and I had a great time. We love nature and want to get out more often. Though we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
rememberkim
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Justin, Texas
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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“prairie dogs” (19 reviews)
“hiking trails” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION
9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135-9148
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+1 817-392-7410

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

LOTS of trails. This place is huge. We only walked some of Greer Island. It was really pretty. We saw lots of Dragon flies, big, beautiful butterflies and some anole lizards. We didn't stay long, it was really hot and we didn't plan well but...More

Thank Christina W
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Christina, Thanks for the great review! I think that you will find each and every visit different and gratifying because we are huge (3,621 acres!) and there is something different to see and appreciate around every turn of our 20+ mile trail system!! We look...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 7 year old and I had a great time. We love nature and want to get out more often. Though we didn't see many animals we certainly had a great time walking on the trails. Going out to the dock is a must see.More

Thank rememberkim
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the positive review. The Nature Center is the perfect place for parents and children to spend quality time together. You never know what you may see and sometimes you may not see any critters but the exercise and family interaction can make...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So I had visited here at 8am on September 26th ($5 entrance fee), hoping for a nice long hike. I chose the Canyon Ridge Trail, which is 3.25 miles one way. At first, it was great and everything I expected. Nice path through the trees...More

Thank funtravels001
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are sorry to hear that you had a less than positive experience at the FWNC&R. Our Resource Management staff will look into the situation on Canyon Ridge Trail which is one of our more remote trails and therefore not as extensively maintained as some...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I didn't see the animals that were advertised but if you are wanting a nature trail this is a great place to go. The visitor center was pretty cool too.More

Thank Miranda F
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thanks for the great review! Seeing the Refuge's wildlife can be a challenge as most animals are quite adept at staying hidden. In the summer, we recommend visiting early in the morning to have the best chance to see animals before they bed down to...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017

I enjoyed the trails but don't' expect to visit it all in one trip. It has an interactive center & lots to see. However this is not a place to be in the heat of the summer. I highly recommend it for Spring, Fall, and...More

Thank JohnnyMusic
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thanks for the positive review. Unfortunately, we can't control the heat in the summer but regardless, there is much to see and do at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. We hope that you will make many return visits.

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely morning wandering the trails here! The trails are well-marked and are natural trails. We followed the advice of other reviewers and wore lots of bug spray and brought water. We saw a baby armadillo, deer, and bison. The whole time we...More

Thank Cait_and_Kev
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad that you had a good experience and that we helped to squelch the misconception that Texas doesn't have any trees!

Reviewed 20 July 2017

My sister and I went here a while back on nice day! The trails feel like you in the wilderness or on a hike. You will see animals up close in their natural habitat. We had 4 huge deer that jumped right in front of...More

Thank OceanLife24
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Thanks for the great review. The Nature Center is open until 7 p.m. on weekends from May through September!

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Had a real good time kayaking the weather pwas hot & humid (830am) so we just went out 90 min and back 90 minutes. We thought about doing the tour like on map but it was just 2 far as it is was only our...More

Thank Oscar H
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thanks for the review. We are glad that you enjoyed your kayak visit and hope to see you again real soon.

Reviewed 2 July 2017

I wish I had spent more time here to hike more of the trails. From what I saw of the trails that I did hike, it is pretty flat and easy enough to do. There is one trail that is short and paved for those...More

Thank Lindi L
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Thanks for the great review and thanks for acknowledging that the website directions are the way to go. We hope that you will visit us again on your next trip to Fort Worth.

Reviewed 29 June 2017

This is great, close to the Fort hiking, but lots of open walking, without tree-cover, so take lots of water if weather is hot.

Thank kimberlee_d
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Thanks for the great review! On your next visit, try the Riverbottom Trail or Forked Tail Creek Trail as both are almost completely shaded but we recommend carrying plenty of water regardless of the temperature.

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Lindi L
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Adults: $5 (13 years +) Children: $2 (3-12 years; under 3 years free) Seniors: $3 (65+) $1 discount for active/retired military with Military ID
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IT is all the same... Just a name... the place has a nice center to visit and then there all gravel roads that run along the Trinity River...Hope this helps...
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I hope you've been able to find a good solution for your prairie dog.
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