Riverbottom, Caprock, Prairie and Wild Plum Trail Loop

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Fort Worth Nature Center

Riverbottom, Caprock, Prairie and Wild Plum Trail Loop is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Worth, Texas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.9 miElevation gain173 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakePartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is a hidden jewel-a wilderness comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands reminiscent of how much of the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex once looked. Replete with native flora and fauna, beckons to those searching for a tranquil piece of nature. At 3,621 acres, the FWNC&R is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide easy access to a myriad of natural wonders to be found on the refuge. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1980 by the National Park Service. REFUGE HOURS: Winter (Oct-Apr) 8 AM - 5 PM Summer Weekdays (May-Sept) 7 AM - 5 PM Summer Weekends (May-Sept) 7 AM - 7 PM

Admission $5 Adults (13-64) $2 Children (3-12;under 3 FREE) $3 Seniors (65+) $1 Discount per person (with Military ID)

Hours Refuge Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat & Sun: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Hardwicke Interpretive Center (Daily) 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. http://www.fwnaturecenter.org/

From Loop I-820, exit Hwy 199 (Jacksboro Highway) and go west 4 miles. Exit Confederate Park Rd.to the right and stay on service road. At the stop sign, turn right into the Nature Center entrance. Stop by the gate house to pay entrance fee and obtain a day pass and a trail map.

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Nico Ponce
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Getn hot

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Rebecca Clark
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Tamer Edlebi
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Gorge

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George Parker
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Gretchen Baird
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Hiking

Nice and easy. We did take a wrong turn at the Overlook which ended up not a trail so we had to turn back.

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Matthew Caldwell
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My absolute favorite hike in North Texas! Beautiful!

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Bruce Conner
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Katrina Warren
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Lots of wildlife

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Wanda Colon
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HikingFeeGreat!

Nice. Love the breeze and view. Started at 9am slow hike but cut it short as it got too hot. (106° felt like 113°). Otherwise excellent trails.

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Charles Gardner
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Terry Munroe
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The wife and I hiked this trail today. it was a great trail. we located the hogs. There must be 30 hogs. the wife and I tracked them for 30 minutes and then went back to the trail. The trail is easy but can be tricky to locate. we used this ap to stay on track. Great area. cant wait to hit the others. You have to pay to get in the park and you have call ahead to get a time to hike. They give you a time and put you on the list.

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Roman Guthrie
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Took 13 and 8 year old. Variety of terrain. Overgrown close to lake. Well marked but confusing. Color system would be useful. Wildlife seen: Buffalo, crane, snake, skink, hawk, vulture, alligator, spiny lizard, small toads.

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Cameron Cook
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Partially closed 7/3/20 - check with park ranger prior to hiking.

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Katie Woolevs
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Lots of trail options! DFW doesn’t have a lot of natural areas, so this refuge is a real treat! We saw lots of wildlife, and there are some great lookout points near the water

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Artemis Ritchie
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HikingOver grownRocky

Had a blast hiking trails here with my dog! Some places are rocky and require a bit of precaution but all in all a great place to go with fun trails!

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David Peterson
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Great trail with elevation and different terrain. Fun bridges and thick woods. Fun trail!

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Magdalyn Postnikoff
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Beautiful trail. Great for dogs. Saw a alligator, deer and some cows!

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Olivia Craig
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Took my 2 dogs. Started the hike around 1 and it’s 91 degrees, not smart lol. My dogs are exhausted and so am I. But over all it was a pretty cool hike, the terrain was moderate, I just wish there was more water along these trails. I’m totally coming back though. 8.5 out of 10

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Erik Sauder
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Bird watching

I generally go here to bird, but it has pretty decent hiking as far north Texas goes. There are plenty of trails, but driving to the visitor center and hiking from there will give you some elevation change. The Marsh boardwalk on the west is a good spot to look out on the river, and I've seen gator from the trail to Greer Island.

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Joseph Lamb
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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.

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Briana Robinson
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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.

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sherred Lopez
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website says no trail running

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Ken Decker
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3-16-18 Center and Refuge is open, only the West Riverbottom trail is closed. It is a nice place to hike, close to the city. It's Texas scenery so, nothing fabulous. Couldn't find any prairie dogs, but the bison are easily viewed.

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Alex Fletcher
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As of 01/06/2018 the refuge is closed and no access allowed to this trailed

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Lance Morton
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Hiking

nice trails, clean, scenic is good.

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Kari Cooper
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Walking

I covered parts of Prairie, Deer Mouse, Riverbottom, and Caprock - a little over 3miles. Overall, even despite the heat it wasn't bad. The bugs are out in full force which was really irritating the entire time, and there are huge wasps so be aware if you're allergic. When I got to Riverbottom I only stayed on it for 10min and then ran to the paved road when I was sure I heard an alligator dunk himself; could have been a big turtle but I wasn't taking any chances. Caprock has a big steep climb on one side of it, not sure about the other. All in all, it was a fairly easy and nice walk.

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Emalis Ema Tirado
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Awesome walk. Nicely kept trais.

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