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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.

trail running
4 days ago

Best trail system around, hands down.

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

6 days 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.

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.

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.

17 days 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

To all of the hikers who think this trail would be better without all of the mountain bikers, this trail wouldn't exist if not for the bikers. DORBA (Dallas Off Road Bike Association) created and maintains the trail. Thank the bikers as they pass you for providing such a gem in the DFW metroplex.

1 month ago

This is my new go-to trail with my dog. Free to get in during the day at the Murrell Park entrance. I would consider this a mountain biking trail that allows hikers. Lots of bikes! Make sure you don’t have headphones in so you can hear the bikers coming up behind you. Everyone has been very friendly when passing and let you know how many are behind them and when it’s clear to keep walking. Definitely worth exploring!
The trail is narrow and one way with spots to turn around if you don’t want to do the whole loop.

1 month ago

Great trail, will definitely be back. Happened upon this one because the first trail we went to was closed. Bike traffic, but nothing bad, all bikers were courteous. Walked about 7 miles of the trails today, will more than likely go back next weekend and do a different portion.

Last year, I would have given this trail 6 stars, but I went out several weeks ago and the trails are just overcome by bikes to the point there is backup everywhere. The pace of the trail is slow for the reason when you are on foot since you are always getting off the trail to let the next ten bikers through. This was my favorite trail up until this year as the trails seem narrower and less runner and pedestrian friendly. I think they probably need to think about reclassifying it as a trail for bikers only.

However, with that said, the trails are always clean and those in the park seem to respect the surroundings and keep the site as they found it.

1 month ago

Great trails, not difficult but still had elevation. Beautiful scenery all around!!

Great trail! Would do
It again. Worth the time to go! You do not feel you are in the city!

First, I unexpectedly had to pay $5 to enter. Then the trail was too overgrown to step foot on let alone follow. When I tried to find another trail head (20+ miles of horse trails in this park) my dog and I were rushed by 3 aggressive dogs therefore preventing us from entering any of the other trails. Very empty RV park so I was able to let my dog play in the water of the boat launch and walked the roads of the park to get my money worth. But disappointed to have to pay and not even able to use the trails.
See photos for overgrown trailhead.

$10 for a 3.8 mile hike. don't waste your $$. lots of better trails nearby

trail running
2 months ago

Great challenge for beginner/intermediate trail runners. Will put you in your place after a full 7 mile plus route. Easy for just hiking. Clean, wildlife abundant especially at dusk, and quiet away from the city noise. One of the best we have in DFW.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Awesome trail for mountain biking! . Will definitely keep let you know how good a shape your cardio is in!!!

I thoroughly enjoy this park! I do have severe asthma and these trails have the perfect amount hills and flat land for me. I'm training myself for long backpacking trip and I'm so glad I have 7-8 miles of trails close to me. Beware if it get close to 105 degrees make sure you have plenty of water. I met too many people not prepared.

2 months ago

Awesome place to get a glimpse of what the woods can bring. Peace and quiet. Love the trails and scenery. Be on the watch out for the bikers!

Great location with a pretty moderate hike and nice views of the lake.

I really liked these trails. Had my dog with me and we completed it in an hour and a half. Lots of mountain bikers but they were courteous and alert you.

2 months ago

Scoped this place out for my son’s Cub Scouts. Overall, it’s a nice set-up. We enjoyed the views, with lots of trees and rugged terrain. In some areas there was a lot of trash. We came across a sleeping bag and two sets of clothes, undergarments and all. Not sure where the people belonging to those clothes were.

2 months ago

Took my dog and we hiked this trail for the first time! Great trails! Went during the week and just a few mountain bikers. I suggest not to wear headphones so you can hear when they alert you. They were polite and moving fast!

Always a fun hike for the past couple of years. However, I’m seeing more trash and cigarette butts. It’s unfortunate.

good trail around DFW. clean and well maintained trail. some area with direct exposure to the sun...be sure to wear hat,sunscreen and bring ice cold water and prepare to numerous uphill and downhill.

Wow! Great variety of trails with good ups and downs and nice views of the lake. Not all parts are shaded, especially on the southern half, so bring water and a hat. Ample parking too.

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