While living in Fort Worth, John and I hiked several of the trails at the Fort Worth Nature Center, but there were many paths that we had not explored when we moved to the hill country. During a recent spring break trip to DFW to see my parents, we returned to the nature center, this time with James in tow.
Out of shape and without a lot of time on our hands, we selected the Oak Motte Trail, an easy 2.16 mile loop hike. We parked at the visitor center and walked one leg of the Prairie Trail to get to the start of the Oak Motte loop.
The weather was perfect for a mid-morning hike in March: sunny and cool. We had expected a spring break crowd at the center, but we came across only one other family of hikers during our walk. I love having the trails to ourselves!
The Prairie Trail lived up to its name with its tall grasses and flat landscape, and then as we approached Oak Motte we were greeted with, surprisingly enough, oak mottes, or groups of trees.
The wintry landscape was dry and brown, but the trees – even leafless – were majestic (or as majestic as trees can get in North Texas).
James was pretty excited about the trees above and sticks on the ground below, preferring to look at them rather than the camera.
I’m not sure if it was the shade from the tree branches overhead, the warmth of being snuggled in next to my back, or exhaustion from a weekend with Grandma and Grandpap, but within 15 minutes of being on the trails James fell soundly asleep in the Ergobaby.
John spent much of the next hour holding on to the back of James’s head as we hiked so that it wouldn’t flop around too much.
We walked at a rather leisurely pace, talking about John’s book that he’d finished the night before (The Killer Inside Me, if you’re curious) and favorite hikes from the past.
The scenery remained consistent throughout the Oak Motte trail, with the only real alteration in view being the break in the trees due to power lines.
Before long, we were back at the Prairie Trail and headed for the nature center once again.
James finally woke up just at the end of the hike. He seemed a little grumpy that he’d missed out on the fun!
Soon we were on our way out of the center, headed to the lunch buffet at Bosses Pizza just down the road (in which we completely undid any and all health benefits from the morning’s hike).
I am glad to have returned to the Fort Worth Nature Center, which is a gem for hiking enthusiasts in the DFW area. Its trails are well-marked, interesting, and varied, making the entrance fee ($5 per adult; free for children 2 and under) well worth the cost.