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As always I love this trail!

This is not a hiking trail, it’s a road and equestrian trail hence the horse manure. There’s no tranquility or trail guidance. Not intended for hiking or running.

Very nice well maintained trail. We saw deer.

Nice easy trail; good warm up from Canyon Ridge across the street.

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.

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.

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.

hiking
16 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).

18 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.

hiking
23 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.

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

Great park. It is a loop trail so it's fun to ride around in big circles. Only downside is that there is no shade, so when I stopped by in late May and it was 99 degrees, it became exhausting quickly. So don't come here midday during a Texas summer, rather come in the morning or evening...

Trail has heavy traffic but only in certain areas. From Gateway Park near Beach St. to Downtown is about 10 miles. From Downtown Fort Worth to the SH 183 comes in at 6.3 miles (this is the most used part of the whole trail). From there you can ride to Benbrook using S. Bellaire Drive for 1.3 miles before getting on the next trail for another 3 miles. This trail features a park and a waterfall. Total trail length is about 21 miles from Gateway Park drive in Ft. Worth to Memorial Oak in Benbrook.

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 :-(

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

hiking
2 months ago

I loved it!

My girlfriend and I came into check out the park. We approached the gate 45 mins before it closed to be told it was closed. My girlfriend had to go to the restroom and approached what looked like a restroom for the booth to be yelled at to turn around and leave.

That was what clenched this terrible experience. I can't believe she yelled at us and told us to leave. We had plenty of time for her to go to the restroom and make a few miles.

Please save yourself the time and heartache. The trails looked beautiful in all trails and we were excited to hit up the canyon ridge trail but we are never going back and you shouldn't either. Never go here. The hours are terrible too. Why close at 5.

Also if you have an iPhone you will be sent to a random road that will never take you to the park.

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.

walking
2 months ago

This is a very nice city park located in Watauga, TX. It has restrooms at both end of the park. The cement path is great for walking and it’s 1.3 miles around. You can measure your walk by how many times you go around. It’s clean, well manicured, and has great parking. This is a city walking path.

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

2 months ago

Chill

Great trails.

Probably one of the best trails I’ve hiked so far. Rough terrain with steep hills and lots of mud. Great view of the lake, beautiful scenery, and no trash was seen at all.

It is a very popular location, so expect to come into contact with others. Dogs not allowed, but we brought our dog with no problem. We also saw deer on the path two separate times roughly 10 yds ahead of us.

hiking
2 months ago

Great place for a fun hike with friends.

This trail is much more intense than the other trails in the refuge. Also, the only trail I've seen wildlife (deer) thus far, in this area. Interesting stone structures and great views of the water

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