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