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1 day ago

On the shorter side, but you really get the bang for your buck so to speak. Amazing views! The south end isn’t super well marked if you’re heading out that way so I recommend starting at the north end, or where the rock climbing is. On my way out I definitely could not find trail but just forged upward since I have a pretty good sense of direction. Came out about 20 ft from trailhead. Lovely trail along the lake.

This is a good urban trail hike when you need something close in the DFW metroplex. I bet it's pretty in the spring when the wildflowers bloom.

3 days ago

Great hike just outside of the city. This will certainly be a repeat.

Really like this trail. Pretty lake views and cool rock formations.

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.

Fun hike.

19 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

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

Good joke. Did it with the dogs.

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:


Moderate hiking trail w some elevation changes. Trail is not marked very well at some points (trail map signage is missing). A few Mountain bikers today but mostly hikers. Not able to cross water at one point where bridge was out so had to back track at little. Hiked total of 4.7 miles.

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!!

1 month ago

Easy trail. Perfect for an all terrain stroller

2 months ago

Cool trail, nothing too crazy. Found an ascent that was nearly vertical on the way back, had fun with that. I didn't see a ton of trash, but there is some present. Usually, I pack a trash bag but this trip I forgot. The weather was a little chilly when I went, so I didn't run into a lot of people.

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.

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!

We tried to go hiking but all of the trails were flooded. It didn't say anything about it on the park website. so if you're driving any sort of distance, I would suggest to call the park if it has been raining a lot. Other wise, the fall colors on that area are gorgeous.

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

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.

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.

2 months ago

Definitely not a “moderate” trail. More like a nice park with some ups and downs and little woody wannabe trails.

clearly marked all the way, flat easy trail.

trail running
2 months ago

Love the challenging trail. It’s very useful to measure your endurance over time.

Is my favorite place to run mountain bike. Awesome views and very security

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

Nice little trail. Very quiet atmosphere and almost eerie with a lot of canopy cover.

3 months ago

Awesome place , awesome view , I had been their last Saturday , it was raining , the view was just something to watch out for. Nearer to the city and such a lush green landscape hard to find.

Cost: $7 per person.

Need I say more? Other states don't charge money to walk around in nature.

I've hiked all the trails. Great trail system.

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