This preserve is a 58-acre remnant of the Eastern Cross Timbers, right in the middle of the DFW metroplex. The city, and the group “Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve,” work to maintain this place in as natural a state as possible. The Friends group sponsors frequent interpretive walks and activities.
The preserve is located at 5201 S. Bowman Springs Rd., Arlington, Texas 76017. There is no fee to get in. Most trails are primitive, and after rains they may be muddy. It’s a small place, so please do not create new trails by taking shortcuts. Thanks! One of the ponds has a sidewalk to it and a boardwalk around part of its edge. Fishing is allowed there, but only catch-and-release.