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

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
27 days ago

I loved it!

It had rained a few days prior, so I thought the trail wouldn't be too muddy. I was wrong. Ended up having to bushwack my way around many flooded sections, and take bypasses. There was a considerable amount of trash on this trail, which is a total bummer. Some of the climbs are pretty steep, which I enjoyed. All in all, I had a decent time.

hiking
27 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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

1 month 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
1 month ago

Great place for a fun hike with friends.

Good trail for bikes!

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

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.

easy trail, not moderate

Good paved trail. But it appears that nobody cleans up after there dogs. And there everyone’s dog prefers concrete to grass. Other than that. Good little trail.

trail running
3 months ago

Easy to moderate in some areas, overgrown with tall grass in some areas, very few trail sign...lots of horse manure. Part of the trail follows the paved road. Good distance out and back.

trail running
3 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.

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.

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

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

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is rated "easy" but it has enough terrain difference to provide a challenge to all. Since it is also an equestrian trail, it can be covered in horse droppings. When wet, it gets muddy.
This is listed as a 7 mile loop, but the southern part of the trail in not well marked. side trails are not marked either.

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.

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