Family Weekender: Dallas

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
By Gary Lantz
Go Guide: Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
Getting there : The Nature Center is 10 miles northwest from downtown Fort Worth at the intersection of Farm Road 1886 and Hwy 199, 2 miles west of the Lake Worth Bridge.
Reference : Brochures, exhibits, and trail maps are available at the visitor center, 9 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 Sunday.
Added value : Ongoing interpretive exhibits.
Contact : Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76135, or visit

The Fort Worth Nature Center is a green gem, gracing the cool shores of giant Lake Worth. The 3,500-acre refuge contains 25 miles of trails offering excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

Kids flock to this expansive urban wilderness to explore a variety of native landscapes: prairies, marshes, a sluggish Texas river and sculpted limestone outcrops. Trails lead to a fossil shell outcrop, a raised boardwalk through a slough, and a buffalo and deer viewing area. One trail leads to a vast meadow that in springtime transforms magically into a vivid sea of Texas bluebonnets.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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