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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 trails, beautiful river

We went here on a Monday morning. The attendants were very friendly and informative. We saw only... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jeannie K
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
Great get away from the city. Find solitude here

Very nice little getaway if your from FortWorth. I was looking for a nice spot to hike besides... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2018
Bianca A
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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” (21 reviews)
“hiking trails” (10 reviews)
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9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135-9148
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We went here on a Monday morning. The attendants were very friendly and informative. We saw only 6 or so other people on the trails, so it was nice and peaceful. We hiked the Riverbottom Trail, which is right along the river. Pretty views, and...More

1  Thank Jeannie K
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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review. You picked a great day to visit the refuge, and the Riverbottom Trail offers a wide variety of flora and fauna depending on the time of day you visit. Glad you had a chance to see the bison! The...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Very nice little getaway if your from FortWorth. I was looking for a nice spot to hike besides trinity trails. I recommend hiking The Canyon Ridge trail. You go slightly up hill and get great views of the marshes/lake on the way up. Also great...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

The initial experience to pay the entry fee was off-putting. The attendant was rude. Once we made it through the gate it was fun. You get close to bison, which were aggressive that day. We didn't see any prairie dogs but lots of deer.

2  Thank Shannon L
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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry that your gate experience was off-putting. Please feel free to call the Nature Center at 817-392-7410 and speak with myself or Anne, our Customer Service Supervisor, to discuss how we can improve our performance.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Attracted by the possibility of seeing wild buffalo for the first time as a ‘foreigner’ visiting the area on work. Easy to find and very helpful staff - you pay $5 entrance and was shown where to look. Had only gone 1 mile and there...More

1  Thank Mark D
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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for the review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I just love the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. As a photographer, my favorite spot is the Marsh Boardwalk. The boardwalk has been rebuilt in the past year and is a wonderfully calming spot to watch all kinds of wildlife. I had photographed American...More

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thanks for the great review! The Boardwalk is a favorite of many. We hope that you will return again and again.

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Fort Worth Nature Center is a refuge for animals, wild birds, and colorful reptiles. The long walkway takes you across mud so your feet don't have to get dirty. It's like a giant walkway to view nature jumping, swimming and finding food.

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Thanks for the great review!

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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Visited on a chilly Monday afternoon. A bit disappointed that the buffalo were moved to a winter location where you couldn't observe them. Also there are no prairie dogs, they died off after flooding a couple years ago. We did see a couple of white...More

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry that you didn't see more wildlife during your visit but assuming it was a recent visit, winter weather often keeps the critters under wraps. Did you happen to visit the Lotus Marsh Boardwalk or walk along the river?...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Spent about 2 hours there on a family vacation in October and did numerous trails. Trails are of different lengths and different terraine (hilly, flat, etc). Enjoyed the caprock trail which has some steep sections and a visitor center at top. Also enjoyed the greer...More

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Thanks for the review! It sounds like you covered a fair amount of ground and saw a variety of sights. We hope that you will visit again!

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Reviewed 5 December 2017 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.

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

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!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 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

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

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!!

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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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