Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, TX, USA
fwnc.org - (817) 392-7410
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge Reviews
3600 Acres of Freedom!! Apr 01, 2008
Considering that this place used to be free, its a bit disappointing to find out it now costs $4.00 per Adult, and $2.00 per child. But if you are looking for a quiet walk in the woods and want to see some wildlife roaming free, this is the place for you.
There is a Buffalo pen and parking on the main road leading into the Park; most days they are at the feeding troughs and you can get up close and personal with thes enormous beasts! As well as the many deer and other wildlife that roam free in the 3600 acres. It is not unusual to be walking along and have a deer or rabbit dart across your path, running in fear of course from your intrusion, but still an awesome site. The Buffalo pen is quite large and you will walk past it on a couple different trails.
Prairie Dog Town is your next stop, just around the corner from the Buffalo pen, and there is parking available as well at this stop. There are large shade trees and flat open terrain in which the Prairie Dogs live and roam. You can see 100+ easily in the Spring time!
Park at the Welcome Center and from there you have several options for trails and scenery. There are routes ranging from 1 mile to the full Greer Island Trail that takes you winding through the woods for about 6-7 miles and then onto Greer Island. I make this journey almost every 2 weeks with my dogs for exercise and fresh air! It's a great place for family and pets, but be sure you have your leash handy! It's an ON LEASH park for dogs, but once you get out into the woods, I'm not going to tell on you. ;-)
Bring plenty of water on hot days because there are no drinking fountains or utilities out on the trails. The best time of year is in the early Fall and late Spring as the heat and humidity of Texas really takes its toll out here!
Please be respectful and pick up after yourselves!!! I have been taking my dogs out here for 4 years and the cleanliness has gone down recently due to so many people leaving their trash behind. So grab a trash bag on your way and help keep nature beautiful!!!
Animals I have seen in the park (captive and wild):
Rabbits, Squirrels, Buffalo, Prairie Dogs, Buzzards, several different Falcons, field mice, Boar (down near the water usually), frogs, lizards, and all the other small animals you expect in nature!
There are several animals on display at the Welcome Center but since I always have my dogs with me I have never been inside. This is one of my favorite places to go in the DFW area!! :-)
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