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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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Nice Hike. Great views of the River

We enjoyed our 3 mike hike along the river. Not being from Texas I was happy to see two armadillos... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MontanaLaura
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It’s that kind of place

The nature refuge is one of those places that you don’t want to tell people about because you don’t... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
gr8danegirl
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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.
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“prairie dogs” (19 reviews)
“hiking trails” (10 reviews)
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9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135-9148
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our 3 mike hike along the river. Not being from Texas I was happy to see two armadillos along the hike! Also saw some Feral hogs along the way. Their animal exhibits are really cool too.

Thank MontanaLaura
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your positive review! I assume from your screen name that you are from Montana and I'm sure that our landscape was a complete change of pace for you. Congratulations on seeing the armadillos!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The nature refuge is one of those places that you don’t want to tell people about because you don’t want it to get too crowded. It is a place to discover and lose yourself at the same time. When I need to get away, this...More

Thank gr8danegirl
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review! If we gave out awards for best reviews, you just won first place. It's gratifying to know that some one out there "gets" what the FWNC&R is all about. I hope that you and your gr8dane visit often!!

Reviewed 28 October 2017

It's important to know what you are getting with the FW NCR otherwise you could be disappointed. If you are looking for a zoo like atmosphere with animals in cages for you to stare at or one of the drive through animal exhibits you will...More

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

Thanks for the great review! It's refreshing to hear from someone who obviously "gets it" about the FWNC&R. I hope that you visit often!

Reviewed 21 October 2017

OK sometimes you make a mistake this was one of them. You drive through most of it but see very little or any wildlife. They advertise Buffalo but I've seen more in Cleveland than here. Small shop hidden back in woods as visitor center. This...More

Thank johnrN3026VV
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

JohnrN3026VV, I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Each visit to the Refuge is different but depending on the time of day and the weather, wildlife can be easy or difficult to see but it is...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017 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 14 October 2017

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 3 October 2017

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 5 October 2017

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 1 October 2017

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

1  Thank funtravels001
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

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!

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Lindi L
24 June 2017|
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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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Andrew L
5 February 2016|
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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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Frank B
16 May 2015|
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I hope you've been able to find a good solution for your prairie dog.
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