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As always I love this trail!

Very nice well maintained trail. We saw deer.

Nice trail; 9, 7, 5, and 70 year olds were able to hack it. The “ruins” were a plus, although my 9 yo realist asked, “We hiked all this way to look at some old bathrooms?”
Good ups and downs to work up a little sweat. Will return when foliage does.

Awesome trail! Very clean and beautiful!

My first hiking trail and I loved it! It kicked my tail but I am out of shape and this trail has me addicted to hiking now.

Fun hike.

trail running
13 days ago

Less bike traffic than Northshore. Good for a 5 mile run - I get almost 5 on the complete loop.

hiking
13 days ago

Trail a day challenge 2019
Rainy and cold day so parts of the trail was a waterfall Always a good workout.... Under an hour and gets the blood pumping every time

Went out here before Christmas for a great Sunday morning hike. The trail is well maintained and marked. Offers some climbs and great views of the lake. I saw armadillo and deer. I’d definitely do this hike again.

New year's day 2019. it was a bit muddy in the valleys, but passable. Love this park.

hiking
15 days ago

Extremely lacking in trail markers. So, so, so much trash and broken glass. Like another reviewer said, if the city just paid a little attention to this park, it could be a gem. If you have dogs, I wouldn't bring them on this trail due to the glass. Ditto for little kids that tend to run and fall. We hiked on a day after a hard rain, and it was super muddy (not the trail's fault, but be prepared if you go after a rain).

17 days ago

Beautiful and enjoyable hikes (easy to difficult hikes available) but recently, it’s become trashed especially near the waterfalls.

Good joke. Did it with the dogs.

Nice trail, fairly easy. In good shape and not a lot of traffic. Will definitely go again

This is a great trail within a short driving distance for those living in Fort Worth. I used to love hiking this trail around Thanksgiving when the air was cool and you could get just a bit of fall color from the trees. Slight elevation gains from the hills which is good for the area and nice views of the lake and surrounding countryside.

hiking
21 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike. It does not take you down to the waterfall but you can still see it. The other thing is that the upper level of Thunder Road has been completely bulldozed. I went along in the mud and climbed over fallen trees and met back up with the trail near the end. There was only one part with a ton of trash and next time I hike here, I’ll bring a garbage bag.

Got lost a few times but never too far. Could use some more trail markers at a few key points.

Awesome gem not far from Fort Worth. Some ups and downs but nothing too tough. Did about 8.1 miles total just being caught up with how beautiful it looked.

We caught it all on video if you want a better look at the hike:

https://youtu.be/WGj5-ZPzNpc

Once we got past the entry a little ways it was better but there was SO. MUCH. Glass. It was freaking ridiculous

Beautiful, but a lot of trash :-(

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail that has improved significantly over the last few years. Trail has some pretty nice inclines and winds it's way through a fairly dense cedar brake. Crowds are definitely an issue when the weather is nice and especially on weekends. Avoid completely within 3-5 days following a moderate rainfall as the mud can make for a less than nice outing. TIP: Hike when the temps drop into the 20's and 30's and you will just about have the trail to yourself.

we enjoyed hiking. we'll go back to explore more!!

This short loop was more technical than I expected. I went counter-clockwise, and love the steep climbs. It's a fun warm-up for the other loop.

hiking
1 month ago

I loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate, well marked and maintained trail with a few areas of climbing. Not overly crowded which makes for a peaceful hike. Beautiful views of Lake Worth. $5 entrance fee. Great trail!

Nice trail, well maintained narrow trails. Good views with lots of wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

For the Fort Worth area the refuge is the best option for nature hiking. The views are good (for DFW) and the trail is well maintained. The trail is about 70 percent covered when the trees have leaves. If you want a decent route with some elevation change this is the best option in the refuge. Ruins of an old summer camp lay in a few places but were made with natural rock and add a little touch of an old world.

On the downside, highway traffic is heard from all parts of this trail, edges the natural aspect out a bit for me. The local military base fly's a lot in the area and jet traffic is notably loud (I love fighter jets, but not on a hike). Ticks can be prevalent in the brush, permithicin or a bunch of DEET will suffice.

hiking
2 months ago

I started this trail at 9:30 am on a Tuesday in early November. The weather was excellent. Since my foot sometimes bothers me, I knew I could not do the entire length. So I selected to start where the trail crosses Shoreline Road. Headed south on the trail and within 5 minutes had some challenging terrain. I hiked for one mile and encountered three or four other sections that were steep or had built in steps. Some were made worse by mud and small streams of water on the trail; this area received lots of rain during the last six weeks. other than those, it was an easy hike.

As others have said, there are sections of defense forest right up to the trail edge and then sections with no trees but grasses closing in the trail. Especially the forest areas reminded me of what the earlier travelers on the Natchez Trail experienced. This trail does have a wilderness feel to it. I heard lots of wildlife and saw some hawks, butterflies, waterfowl, and tons of flying insects! so remember to use your bug repellent.

The only downside I experienced was the almost constant sounds from the nearby urban area. It's not far from Interstate 820 - so the sound of high speed traffic is pretty much a constant, although it often was almost covered by sound of wind blowing in the trees. And there's a military base not far away. During my 75 minutes of travel on the trail, I heard at least 8 military jets flying overhead. Other than that noise, it is an awesome nature area with beautiful views of canyons and ridges and Lake Worth.

I look forward to going back to do more hiking in Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

Nice trail. Some trash. But not too bad
Very wet today
Nice and rocky along w varied trail

Great trails.

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