The Airfield Falls are a short hike from the trailhead in the conservation park, which is in west Fort Worth. Sandy Guerra-Cline
The Airfield Falls are a short hike from the trailhead in the conservation park, which is in west Fort Worth. Sandy Guerra-Cline

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Can you take the heat? Instagram in the great outdoors

By Sandy Guerra-Cline

July 27, 2017 01:41 PM

Of course, Instagram isn’t just about urban locations. Fort Worth has plenty of wilderness spaces that make for great photos as well.

Airfield Falls Trailhead and Conservation Park

From the modern art sculpture of a McDonnell Douglas C-9 soaring over the trailhead, at 200 Pumphrey Drive, to the waterfalls (which photograph best after a good rainfall), this place is an Instagram dream. It’s in far west Fort Worth, near the entrance to the Naval Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

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Canyon Ridge Trail at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

“It’s one of our most challenging trails,” says Laura Veloz, natural scientist and volunteer coordinator at the refuge. The three-mile trail takes hikers up to lookout spots with beautiful vistas of Lake Worth. Bring along plenty of water, Veloz says.

Not up to the hills? The recently reopened Boardwalk, with a panoramic view of the marsh, or the Riverbottom Trail along the West Fork of the Trinity River, also offer great Instagram-worthy shots, she says. Pick up a map of the trailheads at the entrance to the refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. Admission is $2-$5.


Still some color to be seen in the Rose Gardens even in January

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The city’s garden oasis has two top Instagram spots, says Teal Delli Gatti, marketing coordinator: for selfies, the view of the Rose Ramp and the garden, with its formal beds and fountains, taken from the Shelter House off Rock Springs Road; and the Moon Bridge, inside the Japanese Garden, in all seasons but especially fall, when the Japanese maples flame with color.

Access to the Shelter House is free (as it is the greater part of the botanic garden). Admission to the Japanese Garden is $4-$7. You can get a map and directions to the most popular photo spots at the garden center, Delli Gatti says. Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

River Legacy

The Trinity River pedestrian bridge in Arlington’s River Legacy Parks gets a lot of Instagram love, as does the playground, Kristi Payne, River Legacy’s marketing coordinator, says. At the park’s Living Science Center, try the pedestrian bridge between the science center and the park by Snider Creek, or the pond or inside, among the center’s terrariums and aquariums. 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817-860-6752, ext. 107.

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Trinity Park

A stop pretty much anywhere along the hike and bike trails that run between I-30 and the Seventh Street bridge will give you a beautiful backdrop of the downtown Fort Worth skyline or the river bridges for your Instagram shot.