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Resident getting ready to go on a hike in the Fort Worth Nature Center near Olympus Team Ranch in Benbrook, Texas.

EXPLORE NATURE AT THE FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE

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Just eighteen minutes from our Benbrook apartments is a natural area featuring forests, prairies, and wetlands. 

It's called the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, and this unique destination shows what life was like in Dallas/Fort Worth in the early 20th century. 

The center is a National Natural Landmark, and visitors can explore over twenty miles of hiking trails. 

Highlights include:

LIMESTONE LEDGE TRAIL 

Limestone Ledge is a .21 mile looped trail that's perfect for a short adventure. It's common to see native reptiles including Texas spiny lizards. Painted buntings also entertain with their soft "plik" calls. Males are vibrantly colored with yellow, blue, and red feathers. Females are identified by their bright yellow-green plumage and pale eye rings.

OAK MOTTE TRAIL

Enjoy a 2.1-mile stroll through grassland and wooded areas. Oak Motte is where hikers can photograph an array of wildflowers including winecups and two-leaf senna. Animal lovers will want to continue to Prairie Dog Town where prairie dogs charm visitors by barking and playing. 

FORKED TAIL CREEK TRAIL

Wander along the Forked Tail Creek Trail to see an array of animal tracks. Raccoons often leave crayfish shells on the path's edge, while fox squirrels rustle the leaves. Wooden bridges span the forks in the creek and offer a vantage point for watching wildlife. 

CROSS TIMBERS TRAIL

The Cross Timbers Trail features an ancient western cross timber forest that at one time spanned from southern Kansas to north central Texas. Some of the trees are over 250-years old, with species including American elm and eastern cottonwood. A portion of the path is sandy, and turtles and wading birds are seen along the way. 

The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is just one of hiking destinations near our apartments in Benbrook, TX. To call our vibrant community home, please contact us. We'd love to give you a tour. 

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