Recent cold snap aside, spring appears to have finally sprung! Walking has been found to be hugely beneficial in pregnancy, and the weather is so gloriously mild right now. It’s a great time to take advantage of the weather and go for a stroll, or maybe even a hike. It can reduce your risk of developing gestation diabetes, gaining excessive gestational weight, or needing invasive intervention during birth, for starters. Regular walking may even lower your chance of developing preeclampsia, and shorten your labor. Ready to put your walking shoes on now? Here are my five favorite places to walk in Fort Worth.
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
This is hands down my favorite place to go walk in Fort Worth. There’s a reasonable amount of parking, though the lot does get full at times. The winding trails can easily make for a short or a long walk, depending on your needs. It’s pretty stroller friendly overall, if you have little ones in tow. The scenery is lovely. There are bathrooms and they have been clean every time I’ve been there (bonus points if you’re out walking with a baby on your bladder, right?). Oh, and did I mention, it’s free to the public?
On the downside, if you are looking for more jogging or running, this location is designed more for the leisurely stroll approach.
2401 University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Trinity Park is lovely. It’s a stretch of green alongside the Trinity River that stretches right through downtown Fort Worth. The first recommendation I received for this particular location described it as Fort Worth’s Central Park. The trees, duck pond, and grassy spaces sit clearly in view of the skyline. Paved trails wind through this gem of a city park, which stretches from I-30 to 7th avenue. They offer anything from a quiet walk to a solid run, with plenty of options for shade on warm days. Parking is available scattered through the park, but does fill up at peak times.
9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135
This is the only location on my list that has an entrance fee. It’s $5 per person, which may mean it’s not going to be a first choice for a daily outing. That said, this one is very worth including, in my opinion. It is meticulously maintained, gorgeous, and all of the trails are very well marked. Trails are more hiking than walking oriented, and not particularly friendly to strollers. The views are lovely, however, and there are around 20 miles of hiking trails available (not that you have to hike the full 20 miles in a single visit). It’s also a nature preserve, so animal lovers and little ones may get some added benefit in getting to see some of the wildlife that calls this place home.
5720 Parkwood Trail, Haltom City, TX 76137
This park is not technically in Fort Worth, but is very nearby. Up in Haltom City, just north of I-820, this 95 acre stretch of green is worth going a few more miles, especially if you’re already on the north side of town. With mostly paved trails, lots of parking, and plenty of greenery, it’s a great place to run, walk, or just wander through. There’s a nice mix of open meadow and shaded areas. It has plenty of stroller friendly areas, and enough variation in the landscape to help keep any big siblings interested. It’s tucked away, and may be slightly difficult to find the first time, but very worth the effort.
3400 View St, Fort Worth, TX 76103
This is another park that can be a little difficult to find. It also lacks dedicated parking, a permanent bathroom, and has almost no paved walking space. Why am I including it? It makes my short list for the view! Located on a small rise between Fort Worth and Arlington, the hiking trails here will give you a postcard worthy look of the Fort Worth skyline as you pass through a mix of prairie and woodland. It’s also practically covered in wildflowers in the spring. Pee before you go, leave your stroller at home, and wear comfortable footwear, but if you’re wanting to get out into nature without having to go way outside the city, this is a great option.