The Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington, recently renamed the Sherri Capehart Nature Preserve, is a nice park for a hike or to visit the fishing pond. There are a little over 2 miles of trails at the park, with a nice incline up what is known as Kennedale Mountain, but in reality a little more than a mound, but does give you a nice view, although it’s a little obstructed by the trees. Speaking of trees, SCNP is also home to The Old Caddo Oak, a 200+ year old oak tree, said to be the largest in Arlington.
Know Before You Go
Owned and Maintained by Arlington Parks and Recreation
The SNP is the perfect place to bring a picnic lunch, but leave your hot dogs at home, there are not any grills in the park.
My youngest loves fishing here on the pier because you can watch the fish as they bite your hook.
All fishing at SNP is catch and release. Be sure to use hooks without a barb on the end for catch and release.
Adults 17 and older are required to have a Texas Fishing License while fishing at SNP.
Do yourself a favor and take a picture with your phone of this map to use while on the trail.
The trail(s) at SNP isn’t very long, but there is a nice climb, and we enjoy the overlook at the top, but then the trail is level and easy.
For timely updates and upcoming events, visit the Friends of the Southwest Nature Preserves facebook page. Even better, take the kids out to one of their monthly volunteer work days. While you give them free labor, you can learn about things like invasive plants or erosion control and meet some new friends!
Southwest Nature Preserve
5201 Bowman Springs Road, Arlington
Click HERE to visit their website
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