Spring at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

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Keltin went to watch basketball and Bear and I went hiking at the Fort Worth Nature Center. This was a beautiful early spring day. It started off chilly but warmed up quickly. Bear was happy to get out on the trail but the heat wore him out quickly. He found a shady spot to relax on the trail for a bit.

During the height of Covid, the Nature Center required a reservation to visit. These are no longer required, which is nice because the website is a bit of a pain. However, I do recommend arriving early as the front gate does get busy and the parking areas are small and thus fill up quickly. The Nature Center was busy with hikers and dogs on the trails when we visited. Bear wanted to meet all the other dogs we passed along with swim in the water. To his annoyance, he did not get to do either.

We hiked the Crosstimbers trail, this is a 3.37 mile loop trail. It is a mostly flat trail that is well marked. There are a few benches along the loop if you want to stop and relax for a bit along with a parking area right at the trailhead. I parked at the visitor center, which is about an additional third of a mile or so from the Crosstimbers trail, but I was able to get to that trail via the Riverbottom trail. We saw a number of animals on this hike but besides the bison I did not manage to get any pictures.

Animals Seen:

  • Bison
  • White-Tail Deer
  • Ducks
  • Turtle
  • Herron
  • Scorpion
  • Butterflies

This was a wonderful, if short hike and a much needed day outdoors. Do you have a favorite place to hike? Let me know in the comments. Remember to leave no trace and safe travels!

Past Fort Worth Nature Center Hikes:

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