Tandy Hills Natural Area
Tips to remember when visiting
Tandy Hills Natural Area is a protected natural area containing hundreds of native plant and animal species. Certain activities are not allowed to ensure the protection of this rare native landscape. Below are some guidelines to ensure all photographers and visitors have an enjoyable experience and leave Tandy Hills intact for future generations.
A permit is required for doing business in all parks and properties owned by the City of Fort Worth.
This includes selling food or drinks, hosting classes (fitness programs, youth sports, and/or other types of programming), professional photography or staging other activities where goods and services are sold.
City of Fort Worth Code 24-6 states "It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer to sell any goods, wares, services or merchandise within any parkways, medians, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools or other recreation areas without permission of the Park & Recreation Director."
For more information and permitting, please contact the Office of Contract Management at 817/392-5718 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fun facts & history
Tandy Hills encompasses a complex of contiguous parkland (Tandy Hills Park, Tandy Hills Natural Area, Stratford Park, Stratford Natural Area) that totals nearly 160 acres. In 1960, both Tandy Hills Park and Natural Area were dedicated as parkland. In the 1980's, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge Director, Wayne Clark, conducted an environmental assessment, which brought to light the unique and important prairie ecosystem found within the park.
Tandy Hills is a pocket of remnant Fort Worth Prairie that stretches from the Brazos River to the Red River along a narrow strip (10 – 30 miles wide) of limestone bedrock and marl soils. This highly threatened prairie ecosystem has been fragmented and there are only a few remaining examples of what the rolling prairie looked like in predevelopment times. One example is at Tandy Hills, only 5 miles from downtown Fort Worth. Within the park, visitors can enjoy an amazing diversity of prairie wildflowers; some of which exist nowhere else in the world outside of the Fort Worth Prairie. Volunteers have documented nearly 1,500 species here via iNaturalist.
There’s no need to drive to the Texas Hill Country when you can hike the trails of Tandy Hills and see the same breathtaking wildflowers. Rolling hills, steep valleys, intermittent streams, seeps, limestone bedrock outcroppings, and the diversity of flora in the middle of the city make Tandy Hills a unique park.
Over the years, the City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department has partnered with Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area to develop a Master Plan; which serves as the guiding document for managing this unique prairie. Volunteers and staff have spent years clearing brush and invasive privet for prairie restoration, litter pick-up, trail building, organizing special events, conducting scientific research and Bioblitzes to improve this natural area for all to enjoy.
In June 2020, the City of Fort Worth purchased 50+ acres of land adjacent to Tandy Hills. Broadcast Hill is the first purchase under the new Open Space Conservation Program Although not parkland, this open space is contiguous to Tandy Hills and will eventually be connected by a natural-surface trails.
As of July 1, 2020, Broadcast Hill is closed to ALL vehicles including, cars, trucks, 4-wheelers, bicycles and motorcycles. Walk-in visitors are welcome.
View numerous animal, plant and insect species observed at Tandy Hill Natural Area and make some of your own observations through iNaturalist. See link under the "Related information" Section.
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