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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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Fort Worth Nature Center is a great place to discover turtles, snakes and wild birds flying.

Fort Worth Nature Center is a refuge for animals, wild birds, and colorful reptiles. The long... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandra K
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Dallas, Texas
Not much going on

Visited on a chilly Monday afternoon. A bit disappointed that the buffalo were moved to a winter... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2018
Mark V
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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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“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

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 1 week ago

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

Thank Mark V
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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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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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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