On The Town – Canyon Ridge Trail

On The Town - Canyon Ridge Trail

Somewhere in the far west end of Fort Worth,
near a highway named after a professor, is
a little nature preserve near Lake Worth.

About 10 miles west of downtown on the
Jacksboro Highway is the Fort Worth Nature
Center & Refuge. Inside this 3,600-acre park
is Canyon Ridge Trail. The 3.25 mile trail takes
in almost all forms of Texas scenery.
There are rolling hills, limestone outcrops and
views of the shores of Lake Worth. If you are
lucky, you can find some fossils buried in these
cretaceous period rocks, but watch out for the
Prickly Pear Cacti.
The trails unlock a natural beauty that is lost in the
ever-expanding Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
ICE at The Parks at Arlington
3815 S. Cooper St.
It’s spring time in Texas and summer is quickly
approaching. What better way to escape than
on a 210-foot patch of ice?
For only $9, the general public can rent skates and
hit up ICE at the Parks at Arlington, an Olympicsize
skating rink.
Open for interested skaters, birthday parties,
skating lessons and hockey leagues, the rink,
which is located in The Parks mall, has become a
local staple for youth and adult time-killing.
Of course, for some, moving on ice with blades
attached to their feet might seem like a foreign
or even intimidating concept.
No need to worry. The ice is occupied by
skaters of varying skill. It has got the standard
Wildlife on the trails is hit or miss depending on
the time of day you arrive. If you reach the trails
before 9 a.m., the odds of seeing deer are a little
bit higher, and for the most part the animals do
not scare easily. This is not advocating walking
up next to the wildlife in a Ghillie Suit, but if you
are quiet, you could spot a small fawn.
If you are a fan of bird-watching, some hawks
drift overhead throughout the day, giving another
peaceful addition to the trail. The crowning
moment of wildlife searching at the trails is the
bison preserve in the Nature Center.
A few hours spent away from the sounds of the
city is all it takes to find tranquility in the harsh
reality of the daily grind, and Canyon Ridge Trail
is the place to find that peace of mind