Prairies

Tarrant and surrounding counties are embedded within four physiographic regions including Blackland Prairie, East Cross Timbers, Fort Worth Prairie and West Cross Timbers. Each of these regions are described by different hydrology, geology, topography and plant/animal communities. As a result, there isn’t a single prairie type, there are many with gradations in between as one moves across the landscape. A short, yet encompassing description of these unique ecosystems can be found in the Shinners & Mahler’s Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (especially focusing on page 20 and 42 – 53).

Bee & EryngoTo make a prairie it takes a clover & one bee,
One clover, & a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
–Emily Dickinson

And it just might be:  The PRAIRIE needs you!

We encourage you to visit all the prairie systems in our area. Visit them in every season to really understand the interconnectivity of the flora and fauna.  Here are publicly accessible prairies in the region:

BOSQUE COUNTY
Meridian State Park (505 acres)
173 Park Road #7, Meridian, TX 76665
(254) 435-2536

DALLAS COUNTY
Cedar Hill State Park (1,826 acres)
1570 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
(972) 291-3900

DENTON COUNTY
Ray Roberts Lake State Park (~4,000 acres)
100 P W 4137, Pilot Point, TX 76258
(940) 686-2148

GRAYSON COUNTY
Eisenhower State Park (423 acres)
50 Park Rd 20, Denison, TX 75020
(903) 465-1956

JOHNSON COUNTY

PALO PINTO COUNTY
Possum Kingdom Lake State Park (1,529 acres)
(940) 549-1803
(Take U.S. Highway 180 to Caddo, and then go 17 miles north on Park Road 33.)

PARKER COUNTY
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway (3,283 acres)
(940) 328-1171
100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067

SOMERVELL COUNTY
Dinosaur Valley State Park (1,587 acres)
1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043
(254) 897-4588

TARRANT COUNTY
Blackland Prairie Park (13.5 acres)
4907 New York Ave., Arlington 76018

Chisholm Trail Community Center
4680 McPherson Blvd., Fort Worth, 76123
(817) 392-8070

Eagle Mountain Park (400 acres)
11601 Morris Dido Newark Road aka FM 1220

Benbrook Lake
Off  Highway 377, at the intersection of Stevens Drive & Lakeshore Drive; just south of Highway 377 @ FM 2871.

Marion Sansom Park (264 acres)
2501 Roberts Cut Off Road, Fort Worth, 76114

Oakmont Park (127 acres)
7700 Bellaire Dr South, Fort Worth, 76132

Ridglea Hills Park (6 acres)
4985 Stonedale Rd. (Chickering Rd @ Stonedale Rd).  Off of Southwest Blvd (Highway 183) and W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth

Southwest Nature Preserve (58 acres)
(5201 Bowman Springs Rd., Arlington 76017)

Stella Rowan Prairie (70 acres)
(North of I-20 and south of E. Seminary Dr,  and West of Campus Dr.  From Campus Dr., turn left onto Circle Dr.  Follow road to bottom of hill and park by the pavilion. Or park along Circle Dr in the parking lots or at the pavilion. Do not park anywhere along the road.)

Tandy Hills Natural Area (160 acres)
(3400 View St. @ Tandy Ave.,  Fort Worth 76103)

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (3,621 acres)
9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76135
(817) 392-7410
(From Loop I-820, exit Hwy 199 (Jacksboro Highway) and go west 4 miles. Exit Confederate Park Rd.to the right and stay on service road. At the stop sign, turn right into the Nature Center entrance. Stop by the gate house to pay entrance fee and obtain a day pass and a trail map.)

WISE COUNTY
LBJ National Grasslands (20,250 acres)
1400 US HWY 81/287, Decatur, Texas 76234
(940) 627-5475

For additional listings & information, please visit the Blackland Prairie chapter of NPAT at www.blacklandnpat.wordpress.com/local-prairies

Texas State Parks with examples of prairies http://tpwd.texas.gov

FLORA Lists for area prairies (courtesy of Jeff Quayle)
Flora of Cedar Hill State Park – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Cedar Ridge Preserve – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Dinosaur Valley State Park – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Eagle Mountain Park – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Lake Mineral Wells State Park – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of LBJ National Grasslands – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Meridian State Park – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of NY Ave Prairie – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Oakmont Park – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Oliver Nature Park – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Ray Roberts Lake – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Ridglea Hills Park – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Southwest Nature Preserve – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Stella Rowan Prairie – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Tandy Hills – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of Walnut Grove Park – by Jeff Quayle
Flora of White Rock Lake – by Jeff Quayle

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