Fort Worth. Cowtown. Panther City. This city of almost one million people, situated about 45 minutes west of Dallas in North Texas, is a spot where big city life meets country living. Home to a number of museums, restaurants and attractions, Fort Worth is the place to go to see the oldest stock show in the country, the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Coupled with the daily cattle drive that takes place twice a day in the Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth is truly a place to come to experience a big city with a small town feel.
However, if on your vacation you are wanting to escape the city life to unplug and unwind, Fort Worth is a great spot for that, too. Fort Worth and the areas west of the city offer a number of fantastic outdoor areas where you can get to know Mother Nature away from the bright lights of the big city. If your trip to the Fort Worth area is meant to connect you with Mother Nature, check out these five great outdoor spots that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.
Five fun outdoor activities near Fort Worth
- Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway– Lake Mineral Wells offers a number of activities to visitors, from geocaching and swimming to boating and fishing. Lake Mineral Wells is also home to Penitentiary Hollows, one of the few natural rock climbing areas in North Texas. Guests of all ages will enjoy picnicking on the lake shore or splashing in the water and unwinding with family and friends.
- Mineral Wells Fossil Park– Dinosaur fans will love this spot in Mineral Wells where they can hunt for fossils from the Pennsylvanian Period. Fossils found in this park have been dated as just more than 300 million years old and can be taken out of the park for personal use. This area is sunny and dry, so bring sunscreen and plenty of water and prepare to find treasures untold!
- Clark Gardens– Fifty acres of natural beauty await guests at this Weatherford botanical wonderland. From waterfowl to waterfalls, guests will see birds, animals, plants, flowers and more at this natural oasis located just west of Fort Worth. Check the website to find exciting seasonal activities.
- The Boardwalk at Lake Weatherford– The longest floating boardwalk in the country is located right in Weatherford and is just less than one mile in length. Stroll along the boardwalk partaking the natural beauty of the water and listening to the sounds of nature. Bird watch, read or simply relax at either trailhead while you marvel at the simple beauty of Lake Weatherford.
- Chandor Gardens– Located in Weatherford’s Historic District, Chandor Gardens is 3.5 acres of elegance and enchantment. From the 30-foot manmade waterfall to the multiple fountains around the estate, Chandor Gardens is an elegant and stunning combination of a formal English garden and ornate Chinese architecture.
Fort Worth-area lodging
Just outside of Fort Worth in Springtown, Texas, is Valley Rose RV Park. Located near Eagle Mountain Lake, Valley Rose RV Park is close enough to Fort Worth for you to enjoy the myriad amenities but far enough away for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of country living. Valley Rose RV offers on-site management, a pool, RV hook-ups, Wi-Fi and more. The park is also pet-friendly so you don’t need to leave your four-legged friends at home. Leave your worries behind and plan an escape to the country when you book your stay at Valley Rose RV!