Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (formerly Greer Island Nature Trail)

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Trail Distance: 18.8 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 20 min +
Elevation Gain: 173 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Limited
Description

Is your pack on the prowl for a fun outdoor escape near Fort Worth? Look no further than the trail system at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge! This preserve is nicknamed the "hidden jewel of Fort Worth", and for good reason! This complex ecosystem features pristine natural habitats such as forests, prairies, and lakes, with equally diverse animal life! Don't be surprised if you see deer, alligators, and snakes -- just make sure you watch your step for the last one! They also have a pasture specifically dedicated to their bison herd and the calves! 

This is a very delicate ecosystem, so make sure you keep your pooch leashed and pick up any messes they may leave behind. Hours for the refuge vary slightly by season. The preserve opens at 8 AM in the winter and 7 AM in the summer, but you will need to be off the trails by 5 pm all times of the year. This is a popular attraction but the trails are rarely congested, even on the weekends!. There are over 18 miles of trails here, each just as beautiful as the last. The trail difficulty ratings range from easy to moderate, so your pack can enjoy every one no matter if they are a sofa spud or a marathon runner! The two-part Riverbottom Path is about 4 miles in length and is a great way to take in the scenery and get your heart pumping! 

 There is a small admission fee to get in the preserve, but $5 a person is a small price to pay for such a scenic and educational experience! There are discounts for military personnel, children, and seniors as well! Trail running is not allowed, but who would really want to rush through such a spectacular experience? This preserve will give your pack a tranquil get away from the hustle and bustle of city life! Pack a lunch and stay for a while -- we promise you won't regret it!

Trail Features
Forest, Easy Incline, River, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Bugs can be a bit of an issue for this area, so come prepared with bug spray for your humans and a dog-safe bug repellant for your four-legged compadres. Entrance fees are $5 for adults, $2 for children aged 3-12 (under 3 FREE), and $3 for seniors (65+). The refuge offers a $1 discount for military personnel (both active and retired) with military ID. Hours vary by season. The refuge is open 8 AM to 5 PM from October through April. May through September, it is open from 7 AM to 5 PM on weekdays, and weekends from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Address
9601 Fossil Ridge Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76135
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sun 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Address
9601 Fossil Ridge Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76135
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sun 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM