The Great Trinity Forest
The largest urban Hardwood Bottomland Forest in North America (about seven times the size of Central Park), the Great Trinity Forest is considered one of Texas' best-kept secrets. Hike nine miles of forest trails or spend time just sitting and enjoying a peaceful serene summer day with nature.
Great Trinity Forest Blvd
"The Great Trinity Forest is the most incredible urban nature spot in America! I love hiking and listening to the birds in the forest."
Trinity River Audubon Center
Explore trails through wetland, forest and prairie habitats at this 6,000 acre forest. Scenic overlooks and habitat exhibits await you.
6500 Great Trinity Forest Way
Dallas, TX 75217
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Honey Bees, snakes, a variety of marine life and a children's fossil dig all await you at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, where children and parents alike can explore nature trails, living exhibits and unique education programs all summer long.
1 Nature Place,
McKinney, TX 75069
"One of my favorite local sites is the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. The Heard's sanctuary has nature trails where you will encounter numerous species of birds, insects and animals that have found refuge in this amazing oasis."
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Feel like you're in Africa right in the heart of Texas! Enjoy a guided or self-guided tour and observe hundreds of rare and endangered animals like giraffes and zebras, among others, as they roam free on the 1,500 acres of this wildlife preserve.
2299 County Road 2008
Glen Rose, TX 76043
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Nowhere in North Texas can you find a greater variety of rare species than in Dogwood Canyon where plants and animals from east, west and central Texas converge. Explore nature and take in views of Dogwood Canyon as you enjoy a quiet hike through this area’s beautiful escarpment forest.
1206 W. FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Dallas Arborteum and Botanical Garden
Besides scenic White Rock Lake, get lost in 66 acres of towering trees, fragrant gardens and lush lawns that take you to a beautiful world outside of the city bustle.
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
Cedar Ridge Preserve
At an elevation of 755 feet, Cedar Ridge Preserve is a natural habitat of 600 acres with nearly nine miles of trails to hike, plus native trees, grasses and wildflowers, butterfly gardens, wild mammals, birds, insects and reptiles.
7171 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75249