Beautiful Nature Spots Just Steps from Our Downtown Fort Worth Apartments August 29, 2019 / Fort Worth / Leave a Comment If you have an active lifestyle and care about staying fit and healthy, then our luxury apartments in Downtown Fort Worth are perfect for you. With our resort-style swimming pool, our two-story cardio and weight training fitness center, and 24-hour indoor basketball court, we have everything you need to lead an active life. Even our on-site bark park ensures that your furry friends are well-equipped to stay fit and healthy too.For those that prefer to take their active lifestyle to the great outdoors, you’re in luck! Our West 7th apartments in Fort Worth are just a short distance away from some of the most beautiful natural spots in the area, where you can hike, kayak, see wildlife, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge: Where the Buffalo RoamJust an easy 20-minute drive from our Downtown Fort Worth apartments is the famed Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge: a 3,000-acre nature preserve with 20 miles of hiking trails. Its also home to a variety of animals including American bison, alligators, and white-tailed deer. As it turns out, the nature center is also a hot spot for bird watchers who come to see the myriad of bird species that flock to the preserve.According to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge website, the park is “one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. In 1980 it was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.” For decades, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge has provided residents of Fort Worth and surrounding communities a preserved, natural landscape with plenty of opportunities to learn and explore the natural world around them. Whether you hike the sprawling prairies on a self-guided tour or learn about local wildlife at one of the many programs held by the staff, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is a true Fort Worth gem that offers memorable learning opportunities all year round.A Nature Hike is Never Far Away from Our Downtown Fort Worth ApartmentsAfter a week in the office or classroom, sometimes you need to relax and take a walk through nature. With its beautiful walking trails winding through dense forests, wetlands teeming with wildlife, and picturesque prairies, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is the best place to take in the most beautiful nature in all of Texas.Lace-up your hiking boots and start on the Canyon Ridge trail, a 3.25-mile trail that features ridgetop vistas, shady canyons, and marsh views from beginning to end. Hikers should be warned that this is the most difficult trail at the refuge, however, benches scattered along the trail allow for ample opportunities to rest, and three well-placed shortcuts provide tired hikers a quick exit back to Shoreline drive. Those that make it through the shallow canyons are rewarded with magnificent views of Lake Worth. This trail is also a birdwatcher’s paradise. With hawks and vultures often spotted along the ridgeline and smaller songbirds found in the brush of the canyons, you’ll want to make sure to bring your binoculars.Discover Fossils in the Wild Right here in Fort WorthIt’s not often we’re able to see fossils in their natural setting. Typically we’re able to view them under a glass case at a history or science museum, but here on the Caprock Trail at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, you can see fossils along the half-mile Caprock Trail that winds past the Interpretive Center and into three sections of the Riverbottom trail.Beginning on a limestone ridge, the Caprock Trail loops down through the high grass and trees of a shallow valley. After close examination of the rocks along this trail, you’ll notice thousands of fossilized shellfish suggesting this area was once a shallow sea 90-120 million years ago. As these ancient marine creatures lived and died, they created a giant fossil bed underneath the sea, and as the seas retreated and glaciers melted creating torrent rivers, these fossils were deposited and the valley you see today was formed. Scattered with evidence of its geological past, the prehistoric story of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is told nowhere better than on Caprock Trail.A Beautiful View of Marshland and Wildlife on the Marsh BoardwalkThe Marsh Boardwalk is one of the most popular spots for visitors who come to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. This easily accessible boardwalk offers breathtaking views of the marsh and is a theater of wildlife. The longer you sit on the boardwalk, the more animals you’ll see, including white-tailed deer, and multiple species of birds flying high above the water. In the winter months keep your eyes peeled for a rare glimpse of a bald eagle or the elusive pileated woodpecker.Again, don’t forget to bring your binoculars. You’re about to experience some of the most beautiful nature in the Fort Worth area, and it’s just a simple 20-minute drive from our downtown Fort Worth apartments.The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge: A Fort Worth GemThroughout the year, you can canoe, hike, and enjoy a glimpse of some wildlife here at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, but don’t take our word for it. The locals describe this place as “a great natural area on the outskirts of Fort Worth… with miles and miles of trails for all skill levels and ages.” One local guide says “It’s a great place to walk and hike! It’s beautiful, with tons of birds and butterflies. It was definitely a great experience and I would highly recommend anyone to come here.”Another local guide deems it “A must-see attraction if you live in Fort Worth. Wildlife abounds, with real wild bison and alligators.”A Natural Oasis Close to Our Downtown Fort Worth ApartmentsOur West 7th apartments in Fort Worth are the perfect spot if you’re looking for luxury living in the heart of it all. Just steps from premier shopping and dining and some of the finest cultural centers in Fort Worth, we’re also not far from some of the most beautiful nature Texas has to offer. Go to our website today to schedule a tour. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members can’t wait to show you our spacious floor plans, our pet-friendly amenities, and our state-of-the-art fitness facilities that can help you live your best life.