Southwest Nature Preserve Arlington

5201 Bowman Springs Road Arlington, TX 76017

Located just south of Interstate 20 and adjacent to Bowman Springs Drive has three ponds, one of which is complete with a fishing pier and a terraced outdoor seating and education area. It is also host to several significant native plant communities, and has a high bluff located on sandstone outcroppings with dramatic views, including one as far away as downtown Fort Worth. From a parking lot, visitors can access the preserve via a concrete walkway and a boardwalk, which leads to the fishing pier. Several picnic tables have also been installed along the concrete walkway.

Veteran’s Park Arlington

3600 W. Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016

Horses, disc golf and performing arts, oh my! Located in west Arlington, Veterans Park stands in remembrance of those citizens of Arlington who served our country through their military service. It is the only park in the city with a disc golf course (and quite challenging at that!) and one of two with an equestrian trail. At 103 acres, there’s plenty of room in this park to spread out and enjoy the other facilities that include a performing arts stage, playgrounds, practice fields, a mile and a half hike and bike trail, a nature area and both wildscape and xeriscape gardens.

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Trinity Park Fort Worth

2401 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107-1145

Stretched along the banks of the Trinity River and nestled next to the Fort Worth Zoo, Trinity Park is home to a duck pond, a miniature train, several playgrounds and Trinity Trails, the best hiking and biking trails around town.


Elmer Oliver Park Mansfield

1600 Matlock Rd, Mansfield, TX 76063

Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park is an ideal location for students and visitors to connect with nature.  Located at the intersection of two ecoregions: the eastern Cross Timbers and the northern Blackland Prairies, the 80-acre park features different ecosystems such a forest, prairies, and riparian areas co-existing.


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