Canyon Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 237' 72 m
Descent: -228' -70 m
High: 691' 211 m
Low: 606' 185 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
“CCC rock structures built during the 1930s along with overlooks are a draw for the most difficult trail at FWNC&R.”— Malcolm Clay
◦ Do not collect any natural objects, pick plants or feed animals
◦ Walk only on marked trails
◦ Remove solid animal waste
◦ No entry beyond closed gates or cables
◦ Park only in designated areas
◦ Visitors on grounds after hours will be locked in
(See website for full list.)
◦ Bicycles, jogging, vehicles and horses are not permitted on trails
This is the most difficult trail in the park with some steep inclines; a few narrow sections, multiple footbridges, very steep stairs, and sections that call for greater attention to what is underfoot – all part of my favorite run here with some nice overlooks of Lake Worth and the area from the high ridgeline.
As a reward for some effort, there are multiple Civilian Conservation Corps rock structures built during the 1930s along the trail. One of the highlights are the arches and columns of what was once the fairly large stone ‘Rest-A-While’ CCC structure. Further along, the ‘Lone Point’ CCC Structure also provides a high vantage point to enjoy the area. As you descend from this overlook, you are heading down a cascade of limestone stairs and along a short ledge – more CCC handiwork.
The trail varies greatly from tree covered inclines, turns, and drops to open, sunny areas filled with Yucca, Prickly Pear Cactus, Oaks, and scrub. A variety of wildflowers and grasses are also a treat in season with overlooks and benches along the way. Mile markers dot the path in quarter mile increments.
With over 20 miles of trails, Fort Worth Nature Center & Reserve offers a wide variety of enjoyable trails. Check out the Hardwicke Interpretive Visitor Center and the new Marsh Boardwalk.
Want to follow a different kind of trail? How about the Texas Parks and Wildlife Paddling Trail next time?
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Land Manager: Fort Worth Nature Center