Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Fort Worth Nature Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Fun hike.

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:

https://youtu.be/WGj5-ZPzNpc

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

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail. Perfect for an all terrain stroller

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.

2 months ago

Chill

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

This is more of a walkway that connects larger trails, a parking lot, and the indoor facility.

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

A very fun trail Close to Dallas Metro Plex and had a surprising amount of up/down climbs that were not long but steep. Looks like scouts over the years have put in railroad ties and walkway bridges over streams. Nice touch to keep it interesting. Views of lake are nice and some great north Texas rural terrain and views. Only downside is that you can hear the nearby highway from everywhere so you lose some of the "out in the wilderness" feel. But definitely recommend.

Should be rated at Easy. Great solo walkabout. No trash. No alligators.

This is the perfect place to visit if you want to get in a good hike and breathe in good air. The beauty of the green earth, the trees and the animals is humbling.

website says no trail running

trail running
6 months ago

The website for the Fort Worth Nature Center says no running on the trails.

hiking
6 months ago

First timer on this trail. I traveled SOBO to the end and returned via the road. The first part of this very well marked trail had quite a bit of prairie runs - not my cup of tea - the last half of the trail did include mostly forested areas. The elevation changes offered some challenge, but it’s nothing an average fitness level hiker can’t handle. I’d give it a difficulty level of 3/5. The trail had very light traffic...only saw a woman + her dog, a couple, and a man + his two young boys. Would recommend treating your clothes with your choice of insect repellent because there are stretches of the trail that are very narrow; so, you will be brushing against foliage along the way.

It's a great hike that is nearby but feels remote when hiking it. I love the elevation changes that happen across the hike.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail is well taken care of, and the park is well maintained; although I dont recommend doing this one in the afternoon in the summer... its 6.5 miles from start to finish and then back to your vehicle... bring lots of water if you do it over the summer. tons of prairie like chunks of trail (no tree cover).

hiking
7 months ago

Eric and Janine, not sure where y'all were but this trail is very well marked and maintained. The Natuture Center is only open from 7 am to 5 so maybe that was the issue. The southern most trailhead is at the same parking spot that is for Greer Island.

This is a great trail but beginners be aware. There are several ups and downs with rock or railroad ties. Great views at the top. Wish the old resting spot still had a roof. The dog loved this hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trail

No trail. Seriously. We hunted. There is a park called love circle but the trailhead leads to an empty lot with no way to walk farther.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. I like all the twists and turns as a change to the straight of some of the other trails.

hiking
8 months ago

Park is completely shut down & locked up & the southern most parking area doesn’t even have a road going to it anymore! It’s all overgrown so it obviously hasn’t been accessible for quite some time! Totally wasted my time & gas!!

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