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Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

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Wonderful Wilderness

This is a large wildlife refuge with a nice Nature Center. It is a refuge for local wildlife. While... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Gordon K
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Fort Worth, Texas
Fun Saturday Hike

My wife saw a post on Facebook for the Fort Worth Nature Center and Preserve so we decided to check... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
robertwB2081YO
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Keller, United States
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Peaceful nature reserve located just ten miles away from downtown Fort Worth; amenities and attractions include 20 miles of hiking trails, a resident bison herd and prairie dog colony, a marsh boardwalk and the Hardwicke Interpretive Center...more
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9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135-9148
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

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...More

Thank Joseph L
Rob D, General Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Joseph, Thank you for your feedback and response to your recent visit. I apologize you felt you were treated rudely and were yelled at when you stopped at the entry gate. Our goal is that all visitors who enter the park are treated with courtesy...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018

It had good reviews so we went to see some nature. Unfortunately we did not see Armadillos or prairie dogs but we saw several cute deers and the bisons. It is a nice place to get away from the city but nothing I would recommend...More

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Rennmaus111, we are sorry that the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge did not live up to your expectations. Unfortunately, wildlife sightings often are very seasonal and time-of-day dependent. Hopefully, if you choose to return, you will get a chance to see more of our...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018

This is a large wildlife refuge with a nice Nature Center. It is a refuge for local wildlife. While you will not find all those African animals some nature preserves have, you may see many interesting birds, reptiles, mammals, and plants if you watch for...More

Thank Gordon K
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thanks for the great review, Gordon!! We hope that you will visit often!

Reviewed 14 September 2018

We saw some Bison & a Boar Pig inside a fence. They were having quite a drout so the wetlands were partly dry.

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Thank you for your review. The drought has broken and we hope that you will return soon.

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

My wife saw a post on Facebook for the Fort Worth Nature Center and Preserve so we decided to check it out on a late Saturday morning. It is $5 bucks a head and you stay as long as you like. We mostly hiked the...More

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Thanks for the positive review! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit although we are a bit unclear as to what you are referring to as "the island loop". We have two islands, Greer in the south and Todd Island in the north, but...More

Reviewed 12 August 2018

If you very lucky you will see painted buntings in the refuge. They are in the upper branches and very brightly colored. There are an abundance of different birds and an occasional siting ol wildlife; There is a peaceful about the entire area.More

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thanks for the great review! Painted buntings are just one of the many jewels that you might find at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Be sure to visit at different times of the year to have the best chance to experience all that...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018

I had no idea this place was here until my cousin posted something about it. It's such a neat place and I'd love to go back when I have a little more time to spend there. When we were walking we even saw a young...More

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Thanks for the great review! There is lots more to see around the Refuge as you spend more time. Be sure to visit in different seasons to really get a good idea of all that the Refuge has to offer.

Reviewed 7 August 2018

We purchased a family membership in June and I'm so glad we did. We take the kids almost every weekend to the free (once you become a member) nature classes. Elizabeth is a GREAT instructor and very patient with kids who keep interrupting with endless...More

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Wow! Thanks for the fantastic review!! It is very gratifying to know that we are helping change lives for the better. We hope that the Full Moon Paddle meets your expectations.

Reviewed 30 July 2018

We really enjoyed our visit to this park. The Bison were fenced off from the public but we could view them from the parking lot. They seem to have a lot of space to roam. We really enjoyed a couple trails and especially ththe Audubon...More

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Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Thank you for the great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to learn of the important role that Margaret Parker played in developing the FWNC&R.

Reviewed 19 July 2018

I liked it. There are many different trails. You can see bison, if you are lucky because they are animals, so not always near santiers. Apparently, we can also see crocodiles, but I have not seen it (luck or bad luck, I do not know)...More

Thank Coralie M
Rob D, Manager at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thanks for the great review, Coralie! I hope that you make many more visits so that you can hike all of our trails.

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Adults: $5 (13 years +) Children: $2 (3-12 years; under 3 years free) Seniors: $3 (65+) $1 discount for active/retired military with Military ID
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IT is all the same... Just a name... the place has a nice center to visit and then there all gravel roads that run along the Trinity River...Hope this helps...
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I hope you've been able to find a good solution for your prairie dog.
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