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BIRDING

Birds of a feather flock to the river

Birders can enjoy a slice of bird-watching heaven along the Trinity River, where many different species come to drink. Pay particular attention during spring and fall migrations, when seemingly any bird species could materialize!

Specifically, you might see them in these areas:

  • NATURE AREA 1 – The Trinity Bluebird Trail – in summer, watch for the bright blue and red eastern bluebirds building their nests in boxes along the trail system (please don’t disturb the nest boxes!). Plus, egrets make their home in a large tree on the south side of the river near Overton Woods in the spring, and in the water you’ll find several varieties of migrating ducks as well as great blue herons.
  • NATURE AREA 2 – The Clear Fork Trail north of the Art Cowsen Trailhead boasts a section of the Trinity River that has never been channelized; there, you’ll find egrets and cardinals, among others.
  • NATURE AREA 4 – The Riverbend Nature area is the remnant of the old Trinity riverbed before it was channelized. You can spot herons catching fish flowing through the Tucker Dam outfall, and even see a few swans.
  • NATURE AREA 5 – The loop of the trail following the river oxbow features a variety of birds – see how many different kinds you can spot.

Download the Trinity River Trails Nature Map (PDF)

Need help finding them? Keep a lookout:

  • Under bridges – roosting yellow-crowned night herons or the occasional green heron.
  • On the bridges – western kingbirds and purple martins.
  • In open fields – eastern bluebirds or the occasional killdeer.
  • Wooded areas – many familiar eastern woodland species.

Report the birds you’ve found and discover new ones at Ebird.com. 

Learn more about Trinity River birding from the Fort Worth Audubon Society.

Horticulture

HORTICULTURE

Here have all the flowers gone

Fields of gold line the Trinity Trails thanks to Project Daffodil, through which we’ve planted more than 40,000 daffodil bulbs and more than 10,000 native prairie lilies since 2008. One of our trails also runs right past the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, a lush 110 acres of beautiful native and exotic plants.

Keep a lookout for gorgeous flora in these areas:

  • NATURE AREA 2 – The Clear Fork Trail south of the Art Cowsen Trailhead, our trail courses through an exquisite patch of native Texas grassland, featuring blue stem and sideoats grama (Texas’ state grass) mixed with spring and fall wildflowers. Who knew grass could be so beautiful?
  • NATURE AREA 3 – On the east bank each spring, a large patch of bluebonnets makes a stately display of Texans’ favorite flower. At the White Settlement Trailhead, you can see a variety of wildflowers seeded through a donation to Streams & Valleys.
  • NATURE AREA 6 – Each spring, the section of trail on the north side of Winscott up to Sproles Road bursts with daffodil blooms. Carefully planted by Lockheed Martin employees over the past two years, the patches of vibrant yellow, mixed with some stunning spider lilies, are creating great family photo ops every spring.

Download the Trinity River Trails Nature Map (PDF)

Other wildlife

OTHER WILDLIFE

All the creature comforts

The variety of wildlife here in the city may surprise you. Here are some areas to check out if you’re looking to spot some wild critters:

  • NATURE AREA 1 – The Trinity Bluebird Trail – Be careful on your morning runs…that dark mass rummaging through the grass could be a skunk!
  • NATURE AREA 2 – The Clear Fork Trail north of the Art Cowsen Trailhead, where the river hasn’t been channelized, features bobcats, foxes and snakes. But don’t worry: they won’t hurt you if you don’t hurt them.
  • NATURE AREA 4 – The Riverbend Nature area boasts all sorts of critters, including beavers and nutria.
  • NATURE AREA 5 – The loop of the trail following the river oxbow is a critter collection, featuring rabbits and even bobcats.

Download the Trinity River Trails Nature Map (PDF)

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