Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

This is a large city-owned refuge on the northwest edge of Fort Worth. Its 3,621 acres contain forests, prairie, and wetlands, with twenty miles of trails leading through it. The refuge is located within the Western Cross Timbers and you will find great examples of the oak woodlands and patches of prairie there. As the property reaches the Trinity River and the edge of Lake Worth, there are marshes and open water supporting lots of turtles, wading birds, and other wildlife.

There is a small fee to get in ($5, lower for children, seniors, and military – and the fee is waived if you are a member of the Friends of FW Nature Center). It is closed for a very few holidays but otherwise open year round from 8:00-5:00, with longer hours in the summer. See their website – – for details. The address is: 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135. You can call them at 817-392-7410.